• Hampton Roads Academy
Our Early Childhood program offers students a structured academic experience in a nurturing environment.  During these formative school years, our youngest students develop important listening and communication skills while gaining command of the alphabet and its sounds.  Reading and writing along with a mathematical, number sense form the core of our program.  In addition, students are introduced to scientific inquiry and global awareness.  Daily recess along with Music, Art, Science Lab, Computer and P.E. resource classes offer the children a challenging yet enriching school experience.  

Early Childhood Learning Wing Facts

  • Large rooms allow for various, developmentally appropriate learning stations and floor space for play and class projects
  • Brightly colored floors and painted walls creating a happy, age appropriate setting
  • A secure and safe location in a designated wing conducive to teacher collaboration and quiet nap time for PK & JK students
  • Dedicated teaching staff with years of experience in PK/JK/K who partner with parents offering consistent communication
  • PK/JK/K bathrooms, closely located appropriately sized for young students
  • Variety of special programs, leadership assemblies and curriculum based field trips
  • Weekly visits to the Lower School Library

Meet the Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Susanne (Dawson) Swain 

    Head of Lower School
  • Lori Midgette 

    Junior Kindergarten
  • Melissa Sessoms 

    Junior Kindergarten
  • Pat Bailey 


School Information

739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
P: (757) 884-9100  |  F: (757) 884-9137

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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.