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Academics

College Counseling

College Preparation

College counseling at Hampton Roads Academy begins, in essence, the moment a family chooses to enroll their child at HRA.
As a college preparatory school, the curriculum  is structured in order to prepare all students for success at the college or university they ultimately choose.

The College Counseling Office works with students and their families to guide them through the college search and application process. This process begins in the ninth grade as faculty advisors work with students in planning appropriate courses. Advisors also work with students as they learn to balance academics with a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics.

College Counselors meet with students and host periodic parent information sessions throughout the ninth and tenth grade years.

Formal college counseling continues into the junior year when students and their parents attend the annual College Night program where families are introduced to the process and the year ahead. Each junior and his or her parents have an individual meeting with a college counselor early in the spring semester to create an initial list of colleges.

Over the next year and a half, students and parents continue to work closely with the college counseling staff from the first meeting through graduation.

The college counselors serve as resources, guides, and advocates for students and families as they navigate the process of investigating colleges and universities, applying to schools, and making the final decision of where to attend.
Benjamin Rous
Director of College Counseling/Head of Upper School
757-884-9389
brous@hra.org

Kim Davis 
College Counseling Coordinator/Registrar
757-884-9163
krdavis@hra.org

Jennifer Clemons
Associate Director of College Counseling
jclemo@hra.org

Laurie Hager
Associate Director of College Counseling
lhager@hra.org

Stacy Ansama
College Counselor
sansam@hra.org

Jeremy Clover
College Counselor
jclove@hra.org

Kate Goddin
College Counselor
kgoddi@hra.org

Chris Hailey
College Counselor
chaile@hra.org
It’s never about getting into a school for the HRA students. It’s about getting into the right school. Finding the perfect fit of a college or university for each student guides the entire process. In 2021 alone, the 47 HRA graduates attended 31 different colleges and universities.

College Counseling Blog: The Sextant

Do you want to know more about the world of college admissions? Check out The Sextant, a new monthly blog by HRA's Director of College Counseling Ben Rous. In this ongoing conversation about the college admission process, Mr. Rous will try to find truths (or at least, ideas worth considering!) about the world of college admissions. Click here to read The Sextant.

College Counseling Quick Links

List of 5 items.

  • The HRA College Board Code

    471533 - For use on standardized test and other application information
  • HRA Profile

  • College Representative Visits

    To view the college rep visit schedule, click here and follow the steps below.
    Find the "Are you new here?" section 
    Select:
    1. I'm a guest
    2. Enter as a guest
    3. Colleges
    4. View all upcoming college visits
  • HRA Memberships

    Hampton Roads Academy is a proud member of National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS).

    Hampton Roads Academy is a proud member of the Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké) and honor (Timé). Hampton Roads Academy’s chapter was chartered in April, 1971.
  • REACH Initiative

    Current research shows that today’s college-bound students are more stressed than ever before, feeling that they may be, as was claimed in the award-winning documentary film by the same name, in a ‘race to nowhere’. This was the inspiration behind the HRA REACH Initiative (Real-world Experience & Academic CHoice).

    We believe that the academic experience should be tied to relevant real-world experiences whenever possible. The twenty-first century economy requires the ability to think creatively, to collaborate, and to communicate effectively, all skills that begin in the classroom but that are enhanced and made more relevant by exploration outside the school’s walls. These experiences might take the form of summer internships, mentorships, part-time jobs, leadership opportunities, or more. Click here to read about a recent research experience. 

    Click here to read more about the academic areas of focus that are part of the REACH Initiative

College Acceptances for the Class of 2021

The members of the Class of 2021 have been offered admission to the following colleges and universities:
[ ]= Number of Students Attending
 
American University    1    
Arizona State University-Tempe    1    
Baylor University    1    
Belmont University    1    [1]
Boston College    1    
Boston Conservatory at Berklee    1    
Boston University    1    [1]
Brandeis University    1    [1]
Bridgewater College    1    
Bryn Mawr College    1    [1]
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo    1    
Case Western Reserve University    1    
Catholic University of America    1    
Centre College    1    
Christopher Newport University    4    
Clemson University    2    
Coastal Carolina University    2    
Colgate University    1    
College of the Holy Cross    1    
College of William and Mary    6    [3]
Colorado School of Mines    1    
Cooper Union     1    
Creighton University    1    
DePaul University    1    [1]
Drexel University    1    
East Carolina University    1    
Elon University    3    
Emory University    1    [1]
Fairfield University    1    
Fordham University    1    
Full Sail University    1    
Furman University    2    
George Mason University    5    [1]
Georgia Institute of Technology    1    
Hampden-Sydney College    2    [1]
High Point University    3    
Hofstra University    1    
Hollins University    1    
Ithaca College    1    
James Madison University    14    [7]
Longwood University    1    
Marymount Manhattan College    1    
McDaniel College    1    
McGill University    1    [1]
Michigan State University    2    
North Carolina State University at Raleigh    2    
Northeastern University    1    
Occidental College    1    
Ohio State University    1    
Old Dominion University    3    
Pace University    1    
Pennsylvania State University    5    [1]
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver    1    
Point Park University    1    
Purdue University-Purdue Polytechnic Institute    1    
Queen's University    1    
Radford University    2    
Randolph-Macon College    1    
Reed College    1    
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    2    
Rhodes College    2    
Roanoke College    1    
Rochester Institute of Technology    2    [2]
Roosevelt University    1    
Shenandoah University    2    [1]
St. John's College    1    
Swarthmore College    1    
Syracuse University    2    [1]
Temple University    1    
Thomas Nelson Community College    1    [1]
The University of Alabama    3    
The University of Edinburgh    1    [1]
The University of Tampa    1    
The University of Tennessee    1    [1]
The University of the Arts    1    
The University of the South    1    [1]
Trinity University    1    
United States Air Force Academy    1    
United States Coast Guard Academy    1    
United States Military Academy    1    
United States Naval Academy    1    [1]
University of Bristol    1    
University of California-Davis    3    [1]
University of California-San Diego    2    [1]
University of California-Santa Barbara    1    
University of California-Santa Cruz    2    
University of Colorado Boulder    2    
University of Delaware    1    
University of Georgia    1    
University of Glasgow    1    
University of Hartford    1    
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    1    
University of Kentucky    1    
University of Mary Washington    5    [1]
University of Massachusetts-Amherst    1    
University of Massachusetts-Lowell    1    
University of Miami    1    [1]
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus    1    [1]
University of North Carolina at Asheville    1    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    1    
University of North Carolina Wilmington    1    
University of Richmond    5    [1]
University of Rochester    1    
University of San Francisco    1    
University of South Carolina    9    [2]
University of St Andrews    1    
University of Toronto    2    
University of Utah    1    
University of Virginia    7    [3]
University of York    1    
Virginia Commonwealth University    6    [4]
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University    9    [2]
Wake Forest University    2    
Washington and Lee University    2    [1]
Webster University    1    
West Virginia University    1    

Colleges Attended by Recent Graduates

Graduates in the last five classes have attended the following colleges and universities: 
                                               
Arizona State University-Tempe
Auburn University
Baylor University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chatham University
Christopher Newport University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Converse College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Flagler College-St Augustine
Arizona State University-Tempe
Auburn University
Baylor University
George Washington University
Grove City College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
High Point University
Indiana University-Bloomington
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Lincoln Memorial University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount University
Miami University-Oxford
Middlebury College
Morehouse College
New York University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Northeastern University
Northwest Kansas Technical College
Norwich University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Pace University
Patrick Henry College
George Washington University
Grove City College
Hampden-Sydney College
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ringling College of Art and Design
Roanoke College
Roosevelt University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A&M University-College Station
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University-Galveston
The New School
The Oberlin Conservatory of Music
The University of Alabama
Thomas College
Tufts University
Tulane University of Louisiana
United States Naval Academy
University of California-Davis
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Colorado Boulder
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
University of Georgia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas
University of Louisville
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Miami
University of Mississippi
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan University
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
West Virginia University
Western Colorado University
Widener University
William and Mary
Wofford College
Yale University
Contact HRA’s College Counseling Office to learn more.

Hampton Roads Academy

HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.

Hampton Roads Classical and Hampton Roads Academy are not affiliated.