Peter W. Mertz, Headmaster

At HRA, we constantly review, improve, and innovate so we can offer an even stronger, more effective experience to our students every year.
The ancient navigators used stars. For generations, road maps guided the way. Today, we navigate the course of our journeys with GPS – the Global Positioning System – a network of satellites orbiting the Earth.
With a voice we trust leading us to our respective destinations and with a constant awareness of our surroundings, we are able to strategically determine our best routes and alter them confidently in response to change. This is the same approach we use when navigating the course for Hampton Roads Academy.
Peninsula families have witnessed multiple generations grow up attending Hampton Roads Academy, with some of our earliest graduating classes now ready to send their grandchildren. We know, however, that we cannot send tomorrow’s children to yesterday’s Hampton Roads Academy. To maintain our reputation as the area’s highest quality school, we must keep aiming higher. Our future leaders deserve the best legacy we can give them.

Campaign Buzz

List of 1 news stories.

  • Hampton Roads Academy holds groundbreaking ceremony

    Today Hampton Roads Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony on construction for a 400-seat full-service dining hall, a new Lower School wing with 12 spacious classrooms, an Innovation Lab/Makerspace and a unique 1,000 square foot hydroponics lab. Today marked the start of the largest expansion project in HRA’s history.
    Read More
View All News

Project Photos

Would you like to hear more? See the plans up close? Learn more about how you can get involved? Contact HRA Head of School Peter W. Mertz at or 757.884.9174.