• Hampton Roads Academy

Lower School

In the Lower School at HRA, we build a solid academic foundation across disciplines of study while nurturing a love for lifelong learning.

-Susanne Swain, Head of Lower School

Students are challenged by an academically demanding curriculum and supported by a caring, compassionate community. The goal of the Lower School is to develop students intellectually, artistically, physically and morally. Therefore, faculty and staff incorporate a comprehensive, instructional approach supporting the Academy’s core values of Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Students understand and internalize the qualities that help them grow into caring, successful and productive citizens.

The extensive curriculum is enhanced by the wealth of cultural and enrichment opportunities available throughout the Hampton Roads area. Students are also offered the opportunity to become involved in community service, clubs and extra-curricular activities sponsored by teachers and parents.

Admission to the Lower School is selective. Consideration is based on the applicant’s past academic performance, test scores, teacher recommendation and a personal interview with the parent and applicant. While expectations for academic achievement are high, nurturing the individual potential of each child remains the focus of the Lower School. Believing that parents are the child’s first teacher, we look forward to joining our parents on their child’s educational journey.

HRA's JK/K Program

Hampton Roads Academy’s JK/K program offers students a structured academic experience in a nurturing environment. The newly formed Early Childhood Learning Wing offers a dedicated area for HRA’s youngest students. Click here to learn more about HRA’s JK/K program.


List of 2 members.

  • Susanne (Dawson) Swain 

    Head of Lower School
  • Susan Brookman 

    LS Administrative Assistant

School Information

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Newport News, VA 23602
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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.