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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  • Mrs. Elizabeth Rous 

    US Counselor/US History Teacher
  • Mrs. Lisa Thatcher 

    MS Guidance Counselor/US History

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

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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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  • 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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Dr. Sax visits HRA

HRA students, faculty and parents were challenged and enlightened in October when pediatrician, psychologist and author Dr. Leonard Sax spent the day on campus sharing the research on which he based his books Why Gender Matters, Girls on the Edge, Boys Adrift and The Collapse of Parenting.
The faculty had an opportunity to read his books this past summer and have had on-going conversations on topics such as gender in the classroom, character development, and student stress. Much of Dr. Sax’s research uncovers secrets to growing a virtuous child- one who is honest, kind and patient. Dr. Sax stressed the role of social media and technology culture on developing teens and stressed that what we do in our free time influences our lives and the kind of person we want to become.

Click here for a handout from his HRA presentation.

Click here to visit Dr. Sax’s website.

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.