Norfolk Academy

Norfolk Academy Photo #1 - Norfolk Academy is a private, coeducational day school serving students in grades 1-12. Founded in 1728, the school has an exciting history and many traditions that shape the student experience. The most important of these is the student-led Honor System, which shapes school's community of trust.
Since our 1728 founding, Norfolk Academy has existed for the transformative education of children in Hampton Roads.
As the nation's eighth oldest school, we carry that historic mission into today.
Trusted and reciprocally empowering relationships form the bedrock of the Norfolk Academy experience.
The inspiring relationships we forge with one another underlie our college-prep curriculum, our innovative programming, and our time-honored traditions, such as the Honor System, our speech program, and our senior-first grade buddy program. No exciting discovery, no personal breakthrough, no learning epiphany occurs without the inspiring and perspective-shifting relationships that students build with one another and with their teachers-who also serve as trusted coaches and wise advisors.The relationships we begin building in grade one-and that grow in complexity all the way through grade 12-make possible both the authentic kindness and the outsized accomplishments of our students.
Years after graduation, Norfolk Academy students still count their friends and teachers here as the largest influences on their entire lives.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
Year Founded1728
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer at the Academy has weekly camps and prices vary, depending on the camp; the program is open to all students.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1,188 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Norfolk Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers104 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1299
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Neat school attire; ties for boys in grades 7-12)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,700
Tuition NotesTuition is tiered from $19,700 to $24,700. Need-based financial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorSarah Smythe
Admissions AssociateBrian Jarvis
Endowment Size$77 million


Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Athletic Broadcasting Team, Batten Civic and Global Leadership Program, Community Service Board, Forensics (Public Speaking) Team, Happy Club/Operation Smile, Honor Council, Literary Magazine, Medical Scholars Program, Peer Counselors, Robotics Team, Student Council Association, WorldQuest

Arts and Music Programs:
Band/Jazz Band, Chorus, Fall Play/Winter Musical, Orchestra/Strings

School Notes

  • Norfolk Academy-Virginia`s oldest independent school-combines deep pedagogical experience with judicious curricular innovation.On our 64-acre campus, we advance children from across Hampton Roads through a carefully calibrated, expertly monitored, and relationally rich twelve-year continuum that develops capable students into responsible and responsive citizen-scholars.As you explore a potential match between your family and Norfolk Academy, please call our Admissions Office at 757-455-5582 to learn more about the unique qualities of our private school, arrange a visit, and apply.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Norfolk
    Grades: PK-12 | 544 students
    5.2 miles
    7336 Granby St
    Norfolk, VA 23505
    (757) 480-1495
    5.2 PK-12
  • Norfolk
    Grades: PK-12 | 798 students
    4.8 miles
    255 Thole St
    Norfolk, VA 23505
    (757) 423-5770
    4.8 PK-12
  • Virginia Beach
    Grades: PK-12 | 974 students
    9 miles
    1320 Mill Dam Rd
    Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    (757) 481-2446
    9 PK-12
  • Norfolk
    Grades: K-8 | 58 students
    4.3 miles
    844 Jerome Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23518
    (757) 583-7926
    4.3 K-8
  • Virginia Beach
    Chesapeake Bay Academy
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    Special Education School
    Grades: K-12 | 108 students
    0.9 miles
    821 Baker Rd
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    (757) 497-6200
    0.9 K-12

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