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About Norfolk Academy
Norfolk Academy entered into official existence on November 13, 1728. Today, the school enrolls 1,200 students in grades 1-12, 500 of those students in Lower School. A college-preparatory curriculum, coupled with a strong sports program and exciting arts program, innovative curricular offerings, and time-honored traditions, provides students an exceptional educational experience. Students who attend Norfolk Academy come from all areas of Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach), the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. Twenty-three percent of the student body is made up of students of color, and 21% of students receive need-based financial assistance.
Norfolk Academy’s 114 faculty members (36 in Lower School) seek to develop engaged learners who possess both the intellectual abilities and the character traits needed to thrive in today’s world. Faculty have an average of 19 years of experience teaching at Norfolk Academy. With a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 14:1 in Lower School, teachers know their students well and dedicate themselves to making sure their students achieve their highest potential.
The school’s... most cherished tradition is its Honor Code. Each member of the Norfolk Academy community commits to behaving honorably in all school activities and programs. Being truthful helps build a community of trust. It is in this environment that the Honor System helps students and all members of the community strengthen and advance their ethical development and their capacity to make sound, moral, and mature decisions about matters of right and wrong.
Norfolk Academy is the only school in the region that enjoys accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/AdvancEd), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Under the auspices of the Virginia Council of Private Education (VCPE), Norfolk Academy is recognized as an accredited school by the Virginia State Board of Education. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the College Board, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), the Secondary School Admissions Test Board (SSATB), and the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA).