For more than sixty-five years, Norfolk Collegiate School has remained one of the leading educational institutions in Hampton Roads. Norfolk Collegiate has a rich tradition of cultivating the character of its students, recognizing that the spirit and intellectual growth of young people is the primary objective of a quality education.
Carolton Oaks School, which became Norfolk Collegiate School, was founded in 1948 as a kindergarten and preschool in the Wards Corner suburb of Norfolk. The school continued to grow and in 1963 graduated its first class of seniors. A decade later, in 1973, the institution came to be known as Norfolk Collegiate School, a name that reflected the college preparatory mission of the school.
Over the years, the institution flourished and grew in educational offerings, programs, extracurricular activities and facilities. The Tidewater Drive facility, site of the current lower school, was acquired in 1973. Ten years later, in 1983, Norfolk Collegiate School was accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), accreditations it maintains today.
In 1988, a new upper school facility, with modern science laboratories, gymnasium and athletic center, computer centers and media center, was built on Granby Street. In 1995, new athletic fields and tennis courts were added to this site. Following the vision of the Board of Trustees expressed in the school's strategic plan, the lower school was renovated in 1999 to nearly double its former size on the 9.5 acre Tidewater Drive campus. It features a media center with computer labs, a hands-on science lab, a fine arts studio, a performing arts stage and a gymnasium.
In 2005, the 32,000 square-foot middle school was completed on the Granby Street campus. In addition to new classrooms, the middle school has spacious art and music rooms, a science laboratory, a full service gymnasium, and explore centers for co-curricular extended learning activities.
On March 1, 2013, the 65th anniversary of Norfolk Collegiate School, the Meredith Center for the Arts was opened. The facility showcases the arts and technology programs at the school and serves as a venue for the entire Hampton Roads community.
The school continues to take pride in its emphasis on academic self-discipline, responsibility, diligence, and character development, but most importantly, on its ability to foster in each student a continuing desire to learn. A love of learning and a stewardship toward the community have remained the cornerstone of the Norfolk Collegiate experience for more than sixty five years.
Information for this article was taken from Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The History of Norfolk Collegiate School by Amy Waters Yarsinske.