Hampton Roads Academy will open in August with a full on-campus program. Working closely with, and gathering information from the Virginia Governor's office, the Virginia Department of Education, The Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Social Services and other national, regional and local organizations, HRA is ready to start the school year on time with a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. Click here to read more from the Head of School Peter W. Mertz.
Tuition assistance is available for grades 5 - 12 and determined by each family's demonstrated need for financial support. Once your enrollment agreement has been received, you are eligible to begin the financial aid application. Assistance is granted on an annual basis, and the application must be submitted each year.
Tuition can be paid monthly, in 12, 10 or 8 installments, can be divided into two installments, summer and winter, or can be pre-paid in full. There is no interest charged for payment plans, though the tuition insurance plan is mandatory for all families electing not to pre-pay in full.
Hampton Roads Academy admits students entering any grade, PreKindergarten through 11. Though not common, there may be special circumstances under which a new student may enter Grade 12. An application may be submitted at any point throughout the year, and admission assessments begin in November for grades three through 11, and in January for Grades PreK through two.
At the core of Hampton Roads Academy’s mission to educate the whole person lies an emphasis on high scholarship and intellectual endeavor. This is coupled with the goal of preparing each child artistically, morally, and physically for higher education and for life, within an inclusive community of service, compassion, and excellence. To this end, faculty and staff encourage students to be prepared both inside and outside of the classroom. Homework, writing, collaborative projects, and critical thinking are emphasized and utilized as part of HRA’s college-preparatory program. Though challenging, HRA provides plenty of teacher support for success!
A prospective student can choose to spend a morning or afternoon on campus and “shadow” one of our Student Ambassadors. They will typically attend 3-4 classes, have lunch with our students, and meet with HRA faculty. This experience can be separate from, or in conjunction with the Admission Assessment.
Students in grades 5-12 will attend daily 6 blocks out of a 7 block rotating schedule. The 7th block that rotates out will be the first class the students attend the following morning. Students in grades PK-4 have a primary teacher and classroom and attend what are called “resource classes.” Depending on the rotation students will attend 2 resources per day from the following array of offerings: Spanish, Technology, Science Enrichment, Art, Music, Physical Education and Library.
HRA draws students from all areas of the Peninsula and also from “across the water(s).” The Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Gloucester, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Smithfield, Suffolk, Chesapeake and Norfolk areas are all well represented in our student body. Additionally, HRA is ethnically diverse with an international and domestic non-Caucasian student representation of 30 percent.
HRA has Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School athletic teams. Once students enter the 6th grade they are allowed to participate on middle school athletic teams. Interscholastic competition is available from grades 6–12, with 70 percent of our students competing on one or more of the 44 teams fielded in 22 sports. HRA also has several athletic teams for 5th grade students, and athletic skill-building programs for younger students.