I recently had the opportunity to visit with the headmaster of neighboring Norfolk Academy, Dennis G. Manning. The visit was coordinated by Virginia Wesleyan trustee David Kaufman, a proud Norfolk Academy grad and parent of two students there. I toured their beautiful 64-acre campus and learned more about their academic programs.
Founded in 1728, Norfolk Academy is a co-educational day school serving approximately 1,100 students in grades 1-12 in three divisions: Lower, Middle, and Upper. As many of you know, the school has a rich history and a well-defined philosophy.
As represented in a wide variety of materials, the students who attend Norfolk Academy come from all areas of Hampton Roads and from diverse backgrounds. The faculty and staff are highly qualified and dedicated to making sure that their students achieve their highest potential.
Norfolk Academy boasts a strong sports program and an exciting arts program. By offering these varied opportunities, the school helps each student learn to appreciate and enjoy the full spectrum of quality education.
The 1966 merger with the Country Day School for Girls in Virginia Beach, and the concurrent move to the school’s present location transitioned the Academy from small independent school to national leader. I am impressed by the most recent additions -- the Tucker Arts Center and Athletic Pavilion -- that have been recent additions since headmaster Manning took the helm.
Norfolk Academy and Virginia Wesleyan College have been good neighbors and friends for over 50 years. The Academy's history has been marked with strong leadership and an uncompromising focus on mission and quality. As I mentioned in the State of the College address, we would be wise to consider further avenues of collaboration. I welcome your thoughts.