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Counseling & Parent Resources


Counseling is offered to students through self-referral, teacher-referral, or parent-referral. Students may utilize this service to obtain support around a number of personal issues, such as academic stress, social issues, adjustment issues, & bereavement, and a solution-focused approach is utilized. Community resources are also provided for those students who require more comprehensive interventions. Collaboration with teachers, doctors, and/or learning specialists also occurs when necessary to ensure continuity of support within the academic environment. 

In an effort to develop deeper relationships with the HRA parents, Lisa Thatcher offers several Parent Coffees throughout the school year. Discussions are based on current literature addressing the developmental lives of teens and pre-teens. The “coffees” are a wonderful way for parents to meet one another and to share insights into the changing lives of their children.

Parent Resource

Welcome to the Parent Resource page of the Hampton Roads Academy website. It is our hope that you will use the resources provided to further your understanding of your child. It truly “takes a village” to raise a child and we believe in partnering together to help our students be healthy members of the HRA community and community at large. We have selected the topics that, in our experience, are representative of things at the top of the list for most parents. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Resource Links

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Meet the Counseling Office

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  • Elizabeth Rous 

    US Counselor/US History
  • Lisa Thatcher 

    MS Guidance Counselor/US History

The Port: For Parents Navigating the Unchartered Waters of Raising Children

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  • November 30 - Exams Stress Got You Down?

    Winter exams are quickly approaching.  The climate around school changes once the “e” word is spoken and believe us, it’s being spoken!  Students are being reminded in classes, homeroom, and meetings about exam week, how to prepare, what to expect, etc.  It is natural for the word “exams” to cause a little stress for students.  Stress in and of itself is not a bad thing, however, too much stress can have  a negative impact on our children -  their grades, their emotional selves, and their overall health.  So, what as parents can we do to help support our child while giving them room to grow and develop their coping mechanisms? Below are some tips to help your child (and you!) get through exams.
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  • October 23 - Las Vegas and Beyond: Talking to Your Kids about Shootings

    The recent mass shootings in Las Vegas have forced us as parents and educators to have conversations with kids about what took place. Questions such as “Could that happen here?”  “Why did this happen?” were common questions in the days following the event.  Of course, many of our older students had heard the news before the adults in their world, thanks to the ubiquitous news cycles on phones, iPads, etc.  Suffice it to say, most of our children and students are aware of what happened in Las Vegas.
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  • March 31 - Code Words and Other Tricks for Handling Peer Pressure

    Spring is here and our thoughts naturally turn to celebrations, vacations, and graduations.   While these events are exciting for students and their families, they can also be stressful for some teens, as they are confronted with situations where alcohol and drugs may be available.
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  • Febuary 24 - Age of Entitlement

    A look into the books The Me, Me, Me Epidemic by Amy McCready and Jean Twenge’s updated Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled- and More Miserable Than Ever Before. 
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School Information

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