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Economics lessons see real-world outcomes in competition

Each year, Aaron Gregory’s Economics students participate in the Stock Market Game (SMG), a class-long project through the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE).

Students first learn the basics of corporate finance, financial assets and investment. They then are divided into teams and use the SMG platform to execute purchases of stocks, mutual funds and bonds. It's a competition with regional, state and national levels.


Students Honored in Elie Wiesel Competition

For 12 years, Norfolk Collegiate’s students have participated in the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition. The annual, local competition—named after Romanian-born Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel—is open to middle and high school students across Hampton Roads and is hosted by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.


Students Honored for Book Reviews

They read. They reviewed, and they took home bragging rights.

Five OaksCaroline, Eleanor, Emma, Cooper and Trinityreceived top honors in the Friends of Norfolk Public Library 2020 Book Review Contest. This year's contest garnered more than 1,724 submissions, too!


NJHS Virtually Inducts 22 New Members

Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, NJHS, virtually inducted 22 new members on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. NJHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding seventh and eighth grade students who meet academic and service requirements.

“As a tradition, this ceremony is completely run by the students, specifically the current officers and board members of the National Junior Honor Society. We are excited that in this digital environment, we are continuing this unique tradition,” said NJHS Board Member Finley McCashin.


Collegiate to celebrate seniors with senior celebration parade

Congratulations on making it to the finish line, Class of 2020! We’re so proud of all the hard work and perseverance you have shown through these challenging times. Since we had to move your in-person graduation date, we wanted to celebrate your class. Therefore, we’re having a senior celebration parade to honor you on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m.


Chemistry lab yields tasty results

After finishing the chapter on solutions, chemistry students set their class lessons to work by making ice cream using milk, salt, vanilla, sugar, ice and Ziploc bags.

“The purpose of the lab was to demonstrate freezing point depression, which is a colligative property,” said Science Teacher Michele Purrington. "Also, milk and ice cream are both colloids, which is a type of mixture in which one substance is evenly dispersed in another, meaning nothing settles to the bottom. Specifically they are both emulsions."

Here's how you make ice cream at home using this lab.


Students Host Food Drive for Foodbank

Juniors Taylor O’Neal ’21 and Jessica Magee ’21 wanted to help the Hampton Roads community during the COVD-19 pandemic. As members of Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school Foodbank Club, the two sprang into action and asked to host a food drive for those in need.

On Wednesday, May 6, they sponsored a student-led food drive to support the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. In correlation with a school sponsored spirit yard sign pick-up, the two asked the community to bring food to help those in need, especially canned vegetables, pasta, beans, rice and hygiene products.


Teachers add Fun Food Friday to Curriculum; It's a Hit

Second-Grade Teachers Nicole Mottinger and Lolita Kraft are as comfortable in the kitchen as they are in the classroom, and they’ve been wowing their students with their skills on “Fun Food Fridays.” The duo has been incorporating a fun food activity into their curriculum once a month, and the kids love it. When Gov. Ralph Northam closed schools due to COVID-19 pandemic, Kraft and Mottinger decided to continue the fun from their own homes.

“We felt like with digital learning, Fun Food Fridays would be a familiar and exciting way to increase social interaction, connection, joy and learning during our time away,” said Mottinger.


Teachers, Students Lunch Together Virtually

Throughout the year, lower school students have been busy collecting soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk, which provides places for families to stay for little to no cost when their children are hospitalized. The tabs are turned in for cash, which the charity in turn uses for its program.

With students being home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleteus Smith, head of lower school, challenged students to not only collect their tabs, but to use their math skills and try to determine how many tabs were in a mason jar he was collecting.


Students Organize Food Drive For Area Foodbank

Norfolk Collegiate students wanted to help the Hampton Roads community. So the Foodbank Club is hosting a food drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore on Wednesday, May 6, from noon to 6 p.m.

Simply drive up to the middle & upper school campus, enter from the Meredith Center for the Arts parking lot off Granby Street, and drop off your donations in the designed boxes.

The Foodbank is asking for items that can be used to make meals, such as canned vegetables, beans, rice, tomato sauce, pasta, peanut butter and more, as well as hygiene items. Learn more at


Show Your Collegiate Love with Yard Signs

We're proud to have each and every one of our Oaks as a member of the Norfolk Collegiate community! To show our appreciation, we have a "Proud Oak Family" yard sign we're giving to our families (one sign per family) and faculty and staff to show their Collegiate pride in their neighborhood.

We'll be passing out the signs at the middle and upper school campus on Wednesday, May 6, from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To get your yard sign and stake, we ask that you enter by car from Granby Street at the Meredith Center for the Arts and proceed to the Scribner Belltower. Once there, please stay in your car, pop your trunk and one of our staff members will put the sign in your car. We will be wearing masks and gloves in accordance with the recommended health guidelines.


Join Us for a Virtual Pep Rally

You're cord-ially invited to join Norfolk Collegiate for a virtual pep rally on Friday, May 1, at 3:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. Gather the family, pop some corn and show your Oak spirit.


Talk offers timely connections to our digital landscape

Dr. Kristen Mattson—an award-winning writer, experienced teacher, talented speaker and workshop facilitator—will speak to parents about raising informed digital citizens. Join Dr. Mattson as she delves into digital citizenship, tech ethics, information literacy and Internet safety. Dr. Mattson's talk will offer timely connections and suggestions to navigating our current digital landscape while also sharing strategies for guiding our students toward responsible digital behavior during "normal" times.


Digital Learning fosters a great education—and an even better experience—online

When a Norfolk Collegiate team of faculty and administrators began work on a digital learning plan nearly two years ago, they were thinking about two weeks of snow days in 2018 and a week-long hurricane closure in 2019. With Collegiate’s one-to-one iPad program and robust technology integration across divisions, they knew they could devise a way to use those resources to alleviate weather closures. Little did they know just how important that plan would become in 2020.

"Our Digital Learning Plan is a two-phase plan,” explained Judy Davis, director of curriculum and instruction. “Phase I, which we trained with faculty and tested with students in December, uses asynchronous videos and learning activities to engage students in meaningful distance learning,” she said.  “Phase II uses a blended learning model that combines synchronous, or real time, instruction complemented by asynchronous learning activities that students complete independently.”


Digital Learning in Effect March 19-27

During our school closure from March 16-27, Norfolk Collegiate will be continuing instruction for our students using our established digital learning protocols, which we’ve developed, trained and tested over the last year.

Beginning Thursday, March 19, our faculty will engage students in digital learning activities designed to keep our teaching and learning process moving forward as much as possible. This will include some uniform procedures for teachers communicating with students and families, posting and collecting assignments, and holding virtual office hours to facilitate communication.


Winter Student-Athletes Honored

Norfolk Collegiate wrapped up its 2020 winter season celebrating our student-athletes on Wednesday, March 11, during the Winter Athletic Awards program in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium.

We celebrated our 17 teams who participated in basketball, swimming and winter club track team. The season culminated with our student-athletes being TCIS runners-up and VISAA Division II runners-up, as well as many students celebrating personal bests.


Norfolk Collegiate Closes Campus for Two Weeks

On Friday, March 13, Virginia Gov. Raplh Northam closed all K-12 schools for a minimum of two weeks. Norfolk Collegiate has closed all school operations as of 6 p.m. March 13 through March 27. We will reassess on March 27 to determine school operations in consultation with the appropriate government and health officials.


Women's Rights Lecture Canceled

Due to Gov. Notham's school closures, this lecture has been canceled. We will communicate a new date once confirmed. 

Author Elizabeth Acevedo Inspires Students

New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Acevedo (“The Poet X” and “With the Fire on High”) kicked-off Norfolk Collegiate’s inaugural LEAP Term with a keynote that challenged students to be engaged in the world and to better understand that their voice matters.

Acevedo spoke to students in grades eight through 12 about her experience as a poet and novelist before leading two writing workshops.


Best-selling Author Elizabeth Acevedo Kicks-Off LEAP Term

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo will be kicking-off Norfolk Collegiate’s inaugural Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP) Term with an inspiring keynote for students in Grades 9-12 on Monday, Feb. 24, from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in Norfolk Collegiate’s Hackney Theater. 

Following her keynote, Acevedo will lead writing workshops with students based on her experience as an award-winning published author. 


Students Participate in All-District Chorus, Kim Advances to State Event

For weeks in advance, middle and upper school students rehearsed their scales, instrumental solos and sight-reading skills to audition for the highly-coveted spots in All-District Chorus. This weekend, seven middle and upper school students participated in the intense three-day event, which included a two-day clinic and a concert the following day.


Students Attend Annual MLK Symposium

Upper School English Teacher Evan Benedict ’04 and Library Assistant & International Student Advisor Laura Morse took seven upper school students to the fourth annual MLK Symposium “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” on Jan. 20, at Episcopal High School in Alexandria.

The students who attended—Victoria Hargrove ’20, Jesse Mirman ’20, Sylvia Mack ’20, Grace Lyden ’21, Gabby Guirand ’22, Abby Carlsmith ’22 and MaryAnn Woodruff ’23—came back to Norfolk Collegiate with a refreshed perspective on what it means to be a community.



Students Participate in Global School Play Day

Over half of a million students across the globe are participating in Global School Play Day today, Feb. 5, 2020, and Norfolk Collegiate’s Oaks are part of the movement.

Global Play Day was created by educators as a way to add unstructured play time for students around the world. Students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 celebrated the day by participating in 30 minutes rotating stations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to play with fellow Oaks.


Sixth grader takes first place in middle school spelling bee

This year’s middle school spelling bee saw 29 eager students face off for the first place title, competing for 18 rounds until the word “precariously” stumped all but one.

Stacy Nixon Joins Collegiate as New Assistant Head for Advancement

Stacy Nixon will be joining Norfolk Collegiate on Feb. 1, 2020, as the assistant head for advancement. Nixon brings an impressive depth and breadth of experience in educational administration, nonprofit leadership, fundraising and community engagement to this position, in which she will work with several areas of our school to advance the mission.

Collegiate Welcomes New Controller

Heather Boyd joined Norfolk Collegiate shortly before the holiday season and has been putting her experience to great use in the business office. As controller, Boyd is responsible for overseeing the daily financial operations of the business office, in addition to preparing financial reports for the school’s annual audit.

Alumnus challenges students to fulfill their dreams

Alumnus Rich Meredith understands life throws curveballs. He also understands a life of fulfillment is different for each person. He has a career that’s taken him to some of the poorest places in the world, and he’s learned that gratitude comes in many forms.

Season's Greetings from Norfolk Collegiate!

We wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season!

As a reminder, Norfolk Collegiate will be closed for the winter holiday from Dec. 23, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2020.


Norfolk Collegiate Senior Breaks Collegiate’s All-Time Scoring Record

Jordan Battle ’20 made Norfolk Collegiate history on Saturday, Dec. 7, when he eclipsed the previous record of 2,053 held by Bash Townes’ ’16 since 2016. At the end of the game, Jordan marked 2,069 career points.

Norfolk Collegiate Theater Director Cast in Professional Theatrical Production

Theater Director and Coordinator of Maker Education Brendan Hoyle will be back in the spotlight come January. Hoyle was cast in Virginia Stage Company’s production of “Sense & Sensibility” at the Wells Theatre in downtown Norfolk. 

Collegiate Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Norfolk Collegiate will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 27 though Friday, Nov. 29. Collegiate will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27, to allow our families time to prepare and travel for the holiday. There are no afterschool activities, including athletics and extended care, offered on Wednesday.

In honor of the holidays, Collegiate will remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. This closure also applies to our administrative offices.


Collegiate Implementing Trial Digital Learning Day

Norfolk Collegiate will be holding a Digital Learning Day trial for all students in grades K-12 on Monday, Dec. 2. The purpose of this trial is to pilot incorporating digital or blended learning into our curricula to allow student learning to continue even when weather cancellations or other events put classroom activity on hold.  

On this professional development day for faculty, we will be asking your students to engage in some activities at home designed to complement the work they will be doing in the classroom later that week.

Upper School Students on Annual New York City Trip See Broadway, NBC Studios and Harry Styles

Thirty one students eagerly filed on their bus last week with their faculty advisors, anticipating an action-packed adventure to New York City from Nov. 14-16, 2019. Every minute proved to be worth the trip!

Oak Athletes Receive Awards For Outstanding Fall Season

We are incredibly proud of our oak student-athletes who participated in a fall sport this year. They proved working hard, smart training and pushing personal boundaries are worthy ventures.

Teachers taking a LEAP

In August, the Experience Institute visited campus for the second time (their first being in April) to walk a handful of upper school faculty members through the Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP). 

The first step in the LEAP process is navigating a LEAP Map, a tool to help spark creativity and lead the creator through the project. 


Norfolk Collegiate Presents "Clue On Stage"

Join Norfolk Collegiate's theater department as they present "Clue On Stage" Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3.

Based on the board game, Clue, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy, who shortly after admitting to blackmailing his guests, ends up dead. Now the guests must work together to figure out who done it!


Zur Presents Diversity & Inclusion Work in Independent Schools

Norfolk Collegiate's Parent University is pleased to present “Diversity and Inclusion Work in Independent Schools” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7-8 p.m. in the Hackney Theater, 7336 Granby Street, Norfolk.

Jonathan Zur, president and CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) will lead the program for parents in pre-K through Grade 12.


Upper school chemistry lab completed thanks to Beazley Foundation

Norfolk Collegiate’s strategic plan gives us the distinct ability to shape our learning spaces around our students’ needs. When our science teachers expressed the need to bring two of the upper school labs into a more student-centered, technology-driven curriculum, we were eager to get started.

Upper school biology students use the sun to make clean water

Biology students prepared for the worst this month, creating solar stills—environmentally friendly systems that use the sun’s energy to convert saltwater into purified water through condensation. 

Upper School lobby sees new life

Norfolk Collegiate’s middle and upper school students are enjoying a refurbished and reimagined student commons on the Granby campus thanks to the generosity of the Beazley Foundation Inc.

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Norfolk Collegiate’s lower school is home to an augmented reality (AR) sandbox thanks to the efforts of lower school science teacher Melissa Economou, alumnus Alex Stubbs-Yates ’17, Collegiate’s technology team Bob Roberts and Sarah Stradling, The Budd Group’s head of maintenance Ron Chupik and Norfolk Sheriff Joe Barron.

Weather Closings & Cancelations

Due to forecasted weather from Hurricane Dorian, Norfolk Collegiate pre-K through Grade 12 will be closing promptly at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, and all afterschool activities are canceled, including middle and upper school Parents' Night.


Buses will depart campus at their normally scheduled times; however, we ask that students are pricked up no later than 4 p.m. to ensure faculty, staff and families time to travel home safely.


School is also canceled on Friday, Sept. 6, and all activities through the weekend have been canceled.


Back-to-School Guide

It's filled with important information for parents and students for the 2019-20 academic year, including:

  • NEW: Orientation Information
  • NEW: Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
  • Back to School Checklist
  • Reasons We're Excited About This Year
  • Parent Resources and Contact Information
  • New Faculty and Staff Introductions 
  • New Roles for Faculty and Staff
  • Athletic Information   
  • Ways to Support Norfolk Collegiate 
  • And More!



Collegiate awarded for outstanding service to military children

Norfolk Collegiate’s Lower School was honored as a 2019 Lt. Gen. (Ret.) H.G. “Pete” Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award™ recipient at the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) 21st National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. in July 2019. MCEC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation.


2019 Fall Athletic Information

The new athletic year is upon us, and we are excited to be welcoming our students back to the fields and courts! To assist in our student-athlete's back-to-school planning, the link below contains important athletic dates and information for those who wish to participate in fall sports.


Collegiate Closed for July 4 Holiday

Norfolk Collegiate will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Administrative offices will remain closed on Friday, July 5. There will be no pre-K classes on Thursday and Friday, as noted in the important dates.

Normal administrative summer hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will resume on Monday, July 8. 

We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday!


Collegiate offers summer conditioning sessions

Summer break is in full swing, and we want to encourage you to make the most of it with some of the below free conditioning sessions. 


Collegiate earns multiple "Best of Reader's Awards" once again

They asked and you again showed your love for Norfolk Collegiate. Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual reader’s choice awards were held in the spring and Collegiate was again among the top recipients in the contest. 



Teachers, faculty retire with more than 100 years of service

The hallways are quiet and students and faculty have departed for the summer. It’s also time to say goodbye to some of our most dedicated and beloved educators as they close the doors on their time at Collegiate and begin new adventures beyond our school walls.

After dedicating decades to our community, teachers Anne Curtis and Brenda Pidgeon and faculty Margaret Paul and Anh Tran are retiring.



Lower School Students Plant an Oak Sapling for Arbor Day

The lower school celebrated Arbor Day early on April 25 with a special nod to Norfolk Collegiate’s heritage. Students, teachers and staff planted an oak tree in the lower school field after participating in the 10th Annual Neighborhood Forest program whose aim is to provide free trees for students. Collegiate parents who signed up through the program received a free tree to plant during the week of Earth Day, an effort in which many lower school families participated!

Sailing team makes splash at national competition

Norfolk Collegiate’s spring sailing club had a nail biter of a weekend May 24-26, 2019, at the 2019 National Invitation Team Race Regatta on Lake Erie in Cleveland.

The regatta was held at The Foundry in Cleveland where the team was in a three-way tie for first on Saturday night behind St. George’s School from Rhode Island. A lack of wind on Sunday caused the regatta to be abandoned, and with no change in the leader board, Norfolk Collegiate lost on a tie-break and finished as runners-up.

Oaks Take Some Top Honors at 2019 Friends of Norfolk Public Library Book Review

For several years running, Norfolk Collegiate students received top honors in the Friends of Norfolk Public Library (FNPL) 2019 Book Review Contest, and this year was no different.

Class of 2019 Important Dates

Congratulations members of the Class of 2019 and their parents! As the end of the year approaches, there are many exciting activities to attend. We would like to offer several reminders about upcoming events and expectations so seniors and their families may fully prepare for graduation.

Collegiate Students Honored at Elie Wiesel Competition

For 11 years, Norfolk Collegiate’s students have participated in the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition. The annual, local competition—named after Romanian-born Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel—is open to middle and high school students across Hampton Roads. The event is hosted by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, and students select the category they wish to enter to prepare a project around the topic of the competition.

Fourth and Fifth-Grade Spelling Bee Winners Crowned

Annually, fourth and fifth-grade students participate in a challenging, grade-wide spelling bee. This year’s students wowed the crowd with fifth grade going 31 rounds and fourth grade stretching 33 rounds in the lower school auditorium.

Celebrating Military Children with a Purple Star Designation

The month of April is a particularly treasured time at Norfolk Collegiate as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child. In 1986, former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger designated April as the month to recognize the sacrifices military families—especially children of servicemembers—make when a parent (or parents) is in the armed forces.

Faculty, Staff Continue to Embrace Inclusivity

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” — John F. Kennedy

Faculty and staff returned from spring break for a professional development day devoted to inclusivity, understanding and compassion with Jonathan Zur, president and CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. This was Zur’s second visit to campus to continue to cultivate a climate of inclusivity, an idea fostered by our strategic plan.

Norfolk Collegiate’s Lower School Honored with Virginia Purple Star Designation

Norfolk Collegiate’s lower school is one of four independent schools in Virginia and the ONLY independent school in Hampton Roads recently awarded the Virginia Purple Star Designation from the Virginia Department of Education. The designation is given to schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to the military.

First Ever Norfolk Collegiate Blue Crab Bowl Team takes State Title

Norfolk Collegiate’s Blue Crab Bowl team proved the first time can be the charm as it took home first-place honors and a seat in the national competition in April! On Feb. 16, a team of five students competed for the first time in the 22nd Annual Blue Crab Bowl.

Eighth Grade is Paving the Way to Mars

How can humans create a sustainable settlement on Mars?

Eighth-grade students were armed with this essential question before tackling their three-part, group project for Middle School Science Teacher Michael Johnson.

Spreading Kindness in the Middle School with The Great Kindness Challenge

The middle school proudly took part in The Great Kindness Challenge this month with 13,166,709 other students in 24,026 schools and 113 countries to support and continue to engender a positive, kind school community.

Upper School Science Students Explore New World in Beazley Foundation Lab

Norfolk Collegiate’s strategic plan gives us the distinct ability to shape our learning spaces around our students’ needs. When our science teachers expressed the need to bring two of the upper-school labs into a more student-centered, technology-driven curriculum, we were eager to get started.

Oak Bucks Pilot Program Means Stronger Bonds, More Kindness in Middle School

Starting last week, the Oak Bucks initiative in the middle school is creating quite the buzz among students. The program is designed to encourage good behavior and strong work ethic among students and strengthen the bonds between teachers and students.

Junior Jordan Battle Breaks Records with 1500 Points on the Court

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Jordan Battle ’20 scored his 1500th point since the beginning of his basketball career at Norfolk Collegiate. The team was playing Cape Henry, and a timeout was called while both sides of the court cheered for Jordan and his accomplishment.

Middle School Spelling Bee Winners Crowned

It was with quiet intensity that 29 willing, middle school participants gathered Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Hackney Theater for the Annual Middle School Spelling Bee.

Student Advances in Poetry Out Loud Competition

We’re immensely proud of Norfolk Collegiate’s ongoing commitment to the arts and humanities. Again this year, student participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry competition that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Their ultimate goal? Help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history while exploring contemporary life.

Eleventh Graders Creating History with StoryCorps

Upper School English Teacher Molly Dewitt challenged her 11th-grade students to do more than just eat their share of turkey during the Thanksgiving break. Students were asked to participate in the Great Thanksgiving Listen. The objective? Interview an elder family member about his or her life experiences and personal history.

Norfolk Collegiate Spreading Light and Love with You Matter Marathon

When Lower School Counselor Jan Weintraub saw an opportunity to bring the You Matter Marathon to campus during the holiday season, she seized it.

Norfolk Collegiate Closed for Winter Break

Norfolk Collegiate will be closed for the winter holiday from Dec. 24, 2018, through Jan. 4, 2019. Administrative offices also will be closed from Dec. 24-Dec. 26, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018-Jan. 2, 2019.  


Classes and normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Annual New York City Trip Blustery and Fun at NBC Studios and Broadway!

Twenty one students were thrilled to join their faculty advisors on the action-packed annual adventure to New York City from Nov. 15-17, 2018. Every minute proved to be worth the snowy journey.

Middle School Counselor Awarded Outstanding Practitioner

We’re swelling with pride for our Middle School Counselor Rawn Boulden who was recently awarded the Outstanding Practitioner Award from Omega Delta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling honor society through Old Dominion University that focuses on promoting excellence in the profession of counseling.

3 Day Startup Sparks Entrepreneurial Thinking on Campus

Last week faculty, staff and middle and upper school students were challenged to identify a problem they saw in their lives, come up with a solution and create a way to share that solution with others. Maia Donohue, keynote speaker, senior program manager and conference director of 3 Day Startup (3DS), was the impetus for this investigative problem solving, and everyone who participated had a blast!

Seniors Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Norfolk Collegiate seniors, Max Golovsky and Christopher Sarris, have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Veterans Day Ceremonies Honor Norfolk Collegiate Community Members

Norfolk Collegiate’s Future Military Leaders of American club held a Veterans Day ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 9, in honor of those who have served and are currently serving in the United States armed forces.

Upper School Students Attend Talk to Commemorate Supreme Court Decision

Students in Upper School Social Studies Teacher James Moskowitz’s U.S. Government classes attended a talk titled “The Norfolk Seamstress Who Said ‘No’: The Political Legacy of Evelyn T. Butts” at Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) earlier this month.

Upper School Model United Nations Team Sees Victory at William and Mary Conference

Between Oct. 9 and 10, upper school students followed their fearless, Model United Nations leader Upper School Social Studies Teacher Aaron Gregory to the College of William and Mary campus for two days of intense thought and deliberation. The conference was a wonderful learning experience for a handful of first-time student attendees and several student veterans.

Students Fly Through Eighth-Grade Retreat

Last week, the eighth-grade class geared up for a quick bus ride to Chesapeake where they spent the day at Triple R Ranch, the perfect place for a group of middle-school students to get to know each other better and challenge each other.

Freshman Retreat Means Together Time, Ziplines and Alpine Towers

The freshman class jumped head first into the highly anticipated Freshman Retreat earlier this month, working together to make the overnight, outdoor bonding experience that much more fun.

Entrepreneurial incubator coming to Norfolk Collegiate

Norfolk Collegiate is thrilled to announce we will be activating your child’s entrepreneurial potential this school year with the help of 3 Day Startup (3DS).

Thanks to our generous Fund-An-Items donors, we will be hosting 3DS this fall for the first of a two-part experience. This cutting edge, innovative experience will immerse your child in a world of inventors.

Chinese Tea Ceremony Transports Students to Regions in China

Students in Ling Wang’s Chinese classes learned about the origins and importance of the tradition of the Chinese tea ceremony last week to explore the cultural side of the class curriculum.

Seventh-Grade Students Take Home Titles at Water Tower Competition

Seventh-grade students in Claire Fornsel’s Design Thinking class braved the weather on Oct. 20, and headed to Old Dominion University to compete in the Tidewater Model Water Tower Competition sponsored by the American Water Works Association Virginia Chapter.

Norfolk Collegiate Selected to Earn $500 in Recycling Program

Imagine generating funds for Norfolk Collegiate and helping the environment at the same time.


Between Nov. 1 and 30, you can! Collegiate is participating in Recycling Perks’ November Give Back Campaign. We have the opportunity to raise up to $500 in donations from Recycling Perks—our families simply have to sign up for a free Recycling Perks account that will reward them with coupons and discounts.

Humanities Series Celebrates Pop Culture of 1968-69

Grab your friends and hop into the Yellow Submarine for a weekend of pop culture reverie with Norfolk Collegiate on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18. The weekend festivities kick off with a FREE screening of the digitally remastered “Yellow Submarine” on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. with an opening narrative provided by English teacher Evan Benedict ’04. 

Come back and wrap up the weekend with the sounds of 1968 and 1969! Join local musicians Jim Newsom, Dan Pellegrino ’99 and Nate Sacks as they share the stories of the times through a memorable sing-a-long on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.

Students present “Murder on West Moon Street”

Join Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school as it presents Rob Urbinati’s “Murder on West Moon Street.” You won’t want to miss what the New York Times reviewed as "a briskly paced comedy of manners true to its author's greater spirit. A complete delight!"

Middle School Students Take a Break with Honor Council and Superheroes

It’s not uncommon to find middle-school students doing yoga, working on international conflict resolution or digging into 3-D modeling systems every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Thanks to choice time, Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school students get to dive deeper into their interests and broaden their connections to their teachers and fellow students.

Published Author Helps Students Put Ideas on Paper

This month award-winning author Will McIntosh visited upper and middle school students to work on creativity and put experiences, thoughts and actions onto paper.


Middle School LEGO Robotics Team Takes Off!

The LEGO Robotics team is back in full swing this year, and they’ve started with a bang.

Norfolk Collegiate Sixth-Grader Ambitious Fiddle Career

When you ask a sixth-grader what he likes to do, you might expect to hear about video games, sports or running around with friends. But Norfolk Collegiate’s Colin McGlynn ’25 spends most of his free time playing the fiddle in preparation for national competitions.

Students Launch into the Working World

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Students get this age-old question all the time. It’s a relatively simple one, but it often has the respondent muddling through an answer. Sometimes they have trouble narrowing down a passion to pursue. But typically, it’s because students have little to no professional work experience to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives.


Fields Dedicated to Franklin, Mathas Families

For decades, the Franklin and Mathas families have been generous supporters of Norfolk Collegiate. On Friday, Sept. 21, the families along with current parents and Board of Trustee members gathered for a small ceremony officially dedicating the turf fields in their names.

Lower School Koi Pond Dedication Goes Swimmingly

Students gathered in the lower school’s Outdoor Learning Lab Monday morning for a small ceremony thanking the Clements family. Their generosity to Norfolk Collegiate ultimately allowed the school to construct a beautiful, educational koi pond in the outdoor space.

Welcoming New Faces

We have several new (and not so new) faces on campus. Get to know them here!

Stay in Shape with Summer Conditioning

Before you hop onto your pool float and say farewell to your workout routine, consider keeping your momentum going strength and conditioning training this summer. Norfolk Collegiate’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Brandon Trusty will be offering daily workout programs to help students, parents, grandparents, new families and more get in shape and stay fit. 

Applied Computing Class Creates App to Make Schedules a Breeze

Students in the upper school communication arts course—called Applied Computing & Game Development—created an app for the iPhone and Android that will deliver personalized class schedules to Norfolk Collegiate upper school students. Planned to roll out at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, the app is called “NoCo Bloc Scheduling” and hosts every students’ schedule, allowing users to keep track of their weekly classes.

Collegiate Students First Eyes on New SWIFT Water Treatment Facility

“It was way cooler than just looking at poop, which is what I expected!” said junior Clare Harbin.

Collegiate Wins Big During "Best of" Season in Hampton Roads

They asked and you answered!

For the fourth year in a row, Norfolk Collegiate was voted the Southside Gold Award winner for Best Private School in “Coastal Virginia Magazine’s” Best of Readers' Choice Awards for 2018!

Third Grade Learns About Native History in Historic Jamestown

Third-grade students traveled to Jamestown (and back in time several hundred years) to learn more about the Powhatan tribe—a native American people who lived in coastal Virginia when the British arrived in 1607. The students have been studying the Powhatan, as well as other people, as part of their Native American unit in social studies.

Students Create Complicated Machines for Simple Tasks in the Name of Theater

For the third consecutive year, students in Mr. Hoyle’s theater production class were tasked with creating devices to make tasks simpler. Ironically, Rube Goldberg machines are anything but.

Students learn about courage, survival during Holocaust presentation

On Thursday, May 3, Norfolk Collegiate’s fifth-grade students learned about survival and courage in a presentation from members of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. The presentation, titled “What We Carry,” shared the story of Kitty Saks, a Norfolk resident who survived the Holocaust thanks to the courage of her family, friends and strangers.


Students Whip Up New Flavors in the FLIK Teaching Kitchen

Fifth and eighth-grade students are learning to taste, smell and cook in the FLIK Teaching Kitchen! Corporate Regional Chef Eric Miller and Registered Dietitian Ana Forte created age-appropriate activities to get students excited about being in the kitchen.

Class of 2018 Important Dates

As the end of the year approaches, there are many exciting activities to attend for the Class of 2018. Here are several important reminders about upcoming events and expectations so seniors and their families can fully prepare for graduation. 


Fourth and Fifth-Grade Take on the Spelling Bee

Earlier this month, our fourth and fifth-grade students took to the lower school auditorium to compete in their grade’s annual spelling bee.

Annual Lightsaber Battle Returns to Collegiate

For eight years, alumnae Whitney Metzger Weireter ’03 and her Urban Playground nonprofit have been producing the Revenge of the Fifth Lightsaber Battle in Norfolk. Though the venue has varied, their enthusiasm has never waned.  

Last year, Norfolk Collegiate hosted the event on the Granby campus turf fields. It was such a success, that the fun is returning this year!

Awards Honor Accomplishments of Three Alumni

Del. Jerrauld “Jay” Jones ’06 was honored alongside Collegiate alumni Pamela Crenshaw ’92 and Spencer Tinkham ’11 at the Alumni Awards Breakfast in the Meredith Center for the Arts on April 25, 2018.

Lower School Students Shine in Forensics Tournament

Collegiate’s clever fourth through sixth-grade forensics team took top titles at this year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Tournament hosted by Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on April 18, 2018.

Collegiate Honored as 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group

Norfolk Collegiate has been honored as VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads’ 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group for completing several projects for the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command last summer! According to VHR, “there was no shortage of quality applicants” for the title, making the honor that much more special.

Norfolk Collegiate's National Honors Society Inducts 36 New Members

Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Honor Society, NHS, inducted 36 new members into the chapter on Friday, April 20, 2018. NHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students who meet academic and service requirements.

Students Recognized for Creative Work in Elie Wiesel Competition

For the past 11 years, Norfolk Collegiate’s students have been participating in the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition. The contest invites middle and high school students (grades 6-12) to submit writing and visual arts pieces in remembrance of the Holocaust. The competition guides students in their exploration of moral courage, the dangers of prejudice, peer pressure, unthinking obedience to authority and indifference.

The Lower School Hears From Captain During Month of Military Child

Norfolk Collegiate is thrilled to join the month-long celebration of the Month of the Military Child. In 1986, former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger established April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the sacrifices military families—and children—make when a parent (or parents) is in the armed forces.

Gear Up For Spring Sports Fest!

Warm weather is right around the corner, and we’re ready to celebrate Norfolk Collegiate’s 70 years under the sun!

Collegiate 47 members in NJHS's Class of 2018

Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, NJHS, inducted 47 new members into the chapter on Friday, April 6, 2018. NJHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding seventh- and eighth-grade students who meet academic and service requirements.

Oaks at Harbor Park Rescheduled to April 11

Due to the forecasted weather on Saturday, April 7, the Norfolk Collegiate vs. Norfolk Christian baseball game at Harbor Park has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 11.

The boys varsity baseball team will take to the field on April 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Harbor Park following the Tides 12:05 p.m. game against the Charlotte Knights.

Middle School Model UN Students Bring Home Awards

Several of Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school students attended the Tallwood High School Model United Nations Conference on Saturday, March 24. Congratulations to the team and students who brought home several “Best” awards and honorable mentions.

Varsity Baseball Team Takes Several Victories During Annual Vero Beach Trip

Norfolk Collegiate’s varsity baseball team has been traveling to Vero Beach, Florida for spring break since Hunter Flora ’18 and Jackson Burke ’18 were in eighth-grade. Warm, sunny and home to Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach is the perfect place to play baseball for a week.

Seniors See First Annual Diversity Conference Come to Life

For their senior project, Taylor Dews ’18, Cecilia Innis ’18 and Haley Bartel ’18 coordinated, organized and produced Norfolk Collegiate’s Diversity Conference. It followed the theme “the human family” after the famous poem by Maya Angelou.

Students Take Deep Dive into Bahamian Lifestyle

Who wouldn’t want to spend their spring break exploring, learning and adventuring in the Caribbean?

Alumnus Turning Trash into Gold and Showcasing at Norfolk Collegiate

Norfolk Collegiate alumnus turned artist Spencer Tinkham ’11 has been carving his name into things since his grandfather gifted him a pocketknife when he was eight years old. Now, Tinkham is carving wood and shaping metal (and several other unconventional mediums like plastic) into sculptural masterpieces.

Upper School brings Disney favorite to the stage this spring

"Mary Poppins" is one supercalafragilisticexpealidocious event - even without a spoon full of sugar! Join Norfolk Collegiate’s theater department and upper school students as they bring the magical nanny to the stage March 23-25, 2018.


Spencer Tinkham '11 turning trash into treasure

Norfolk Collegiate alumnus turned artist Spencer Tinkham ’11 has been carving his name into things since his grandfather gifted him a pocket knife when he was eight years old. Now, Tinkham is carving wood and manipulating metal (and several other unconventional mediums like plastic) into sculptural masterpieces.

Senior Taylor Dews Advances to State Poetry Competition

Seniors Taylor Dews ’18 and Cecilia Innis ’18 are no strangers to the spotlight. Both competed and advanced to the state-level Poetry Out Loud Competition in 2017 after qualifying in the school-wide contest earlier in the year.

Student Athletes Recognized During Winter Athletic Awards

It was a wonderful day to celebrate our student-athletes who participated in a winter sport. Through perseverance, topping personal bests and working as a team, they learned priceless lessons about themselves and their fellow teammates.

Sixth-Grade Students Take Top Marks at Destination Imagination

Norfolk Collegiate sent two, sixth-grade teams — the Fizzards Adam Siebert, Blaike Hill, Mitchell Snyder, Myles Johnson and Tony Kremenchugski — and the Weekend Warriors Caroline Campbell, Flynn Dalton, Julia Carlsmith, Justin Burrough, Sarah Bartlett and Zack McDonough — competed in the Destination Imagination Virginia Division Tidewater Regional Tournament.

In-House Professional Development Movement Encourages Tech in the Classroom

To mold future leaders, critical thinkers and doers, we must first propel our teachers and encourage an innovative learning environment. So when Technology Integration Specialist Ashley King and Director of Instructional Technology and Communication Arts Charlene Loope launched an in-house, professional development program last fall, we knew it was worth getting excited about.

Series Explores the Reformation, its Impact on 500th Anniversary

With his “95 Theses” Martin Luther created a storm in Europe and challenged the church and its culture. As many celebrate the 500th anniversary of this historic action, we invite guests to join us as we explore “Reformation: 2017-2017: A Movement that Changed the World” in the fourth annual Betty M. and William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series, featuring two intimate insights in the humanities.

Varsity Cheer Team Qualifies for National Competition in May

For years, Norfolk Collegiate’s varsity competitive cheer team was quiet. But in the past year, the squad has undergone a metamorphosis. Under the leadership of coaches Alfonzo Lowe, Lexi Everette and Taylor Kelly, it’s been resurrected. Through grit and determination, they earned their first competitive win this February.

Middle School Students Hear From Master Storyteller for Black History Month

In order to dive deeper into Black History Month, middle school students visited the Slover Library this month to hear from master storyteller, narrator and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston.

Venture Entrepreneur Teaches Students They're innovative, too

In January, upper school students had the pleasure of hearing from community member and Program Director of Blue Morning, Beth Johnson. Johnson’s talk followed guest David Richards' talk about the importance of working as a collective to address needs in the community and beyond.

Students Take $5,000 Plunge at the Oceanfront

It was a balmy, 35 degrees Friday, Feb. 2, the perfect temperature for a few brrr-ave upper school students to take the dive and participate in this year’s Cool School Challenge®.

Annual Sundae Fun Day Event Smash Hit!

Sunday, Jan. 28, marked the annual Sundae Fun Day event at the lower school, mounting even more evidence that the lower school may be one of the happiest places on Earth.

Students Navigate through Challenging Questions in Middle School Geography Bee

In the state of Virginia, where can you find incredibly hard working students who really know their geography? The correct answer is… the Norfolk Collegiate Middle School Geography Bee!

Seventh Grade Gets a Lesson in Nutrition

Seventh-grade students learned an important life lesson in physical education this week: green smoothies can be good, too!


Time's running out for internship applicants

Norfolk Collegiate Summer Internship Program, a 4-week opportunity for juniors and seniors, provide students exposure to and hands-on experience in a field of interest and connect them with industry professionals who can serve as mentors.

2018 Make-Up Snow Dates

Due to the unprecedented number of snow closures this month, school leaders decided on the following days below as make-up days for the remainder of the year.

Middle school spelling bee come down to brother vs. sister

What has a list of unstudied spelling words, 44 participants and two sets of twins? That would be the Norfolk Collegiate’s Annual Spelling Bee, which was held Friday, Jan. 12 in the Hackney Theater.


Vote Norfolk Collegiate in the Best of Awards!

Calling all Oaks! It's time to vote for Norfolk Collegiate as the Best Private School in Coastal Virginia Magazine's and Virginia Living Magazine's "Best Of Awards!" We won gold last year; let's shine again in 2018!



Year in Review: Images from 2017

 Year in Review

Seventh and Eighth-Graders Put Speech Skills on Display at Forensic Tournament

Collegiate’s upper school speech sleuths took top titles at this year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Tournament hosted by Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. These seventh- and eighth-grade students proved their impressive communication skills through speech-making and oral presentation.

No Shave November Sees $500 Fight Colon Cancer

Even for those who shaved, No Shave November was a success.

Juniors Spend Thanksgiving Conducting Interviews for StoryCorps

Upper school English teacher Nicki Reese challenged her eleventh-grade students to do more than just eat their fair share of turkey during the Thanksgiving break. Students were asked participate in the Great Thanksgiving Listen. The objective? Interview an elder family member about his or her life experiences and personal history.

Norfolk Collegiate's "Pretty in Pink Fashion Show" to Benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation

The 14th annual fashion show to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tidewater Affiliate is this Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Norfolk Collegiate.

Students Help Scientists study Rising Tides at First Landing State Park

On Nov. 5, upper school students took to the shoreline to witness and measure an astronomical phenomenon.

Two Upper School Students Advance to Regional Poetry Competition

Students Taylor Dews ’18 and Cecelia Innis ’18 are no stranger to the spotlight that comes with the Poetry Out Loud competition. Both ladies competed at the regional competition last year, and Cecelia advanced to states.

Annual Upper School New York City Trip Visits Broadway and SNL

Annually, the arts department has taken several, upper school students to New York City for an immersive arts experience. This year, Theater Director and Coordinator of Maker Education Brendan Hoyle and Fine and Performing Arts Chair Cathy Francis gave students the experience of a lifetime.

Student-Athletes are on Fire with TCIS Champions and Personal Bests

Congratulations to our Oaks who earned ETIS, TCIS, VISA and All State recognition this year. Go Oaks!

Upper School Students Send Livestock to School in Need

As upper school students filed into the Hackney Theater this morning, they had no idea they’d be fundraising, problem solving and figuring out the cost of a goat.


Latin Club Takes Home Top Marks at Virginia Conference

Who wouldn’t want to drive 90 miles to spend a weekend taking written and multiple choice tests with hundreds of his or her closest friends? Believe it or not, Reilly Flynn ’18, Libby Snowden ’18 Maria Gilbert ’19, Maggie Campbell ’22 and Brady Snowden ’22 —members of Norfolk Collegiate’s Latin Club and Latin enthusiasts — jumped at the chance to participate in this year’s Virginia Junior Classical League convention in Richmond.


Athletes Receive Recognition at Fall Athletic Awards Program

We are incredibly proud of our Oak student-athletes who participated in a fall sport this year. They proved working hard, training smart and pushing personal boundaries are worthy ventures.


Middle School LEGO Robotics Team Advances to State Championship

Middle school students are packing their bags and heading to James Madison University in December for the state championships after taking home two honors in the First Lego League Regional Tournament on Nov. 11. 


Digital Engagement Encouraging Upper School Students to be Do-Gooders Online

Upper school students are gearing up to do great things through digital citizenship. With the help of Norfolk Collegiate’s Director of Instructional Technology and Communication Arts Charlene Loope and Technology Integration Specialist Ashley King, students are making a positive impact on social media.


Middle and Upper School Students Help Save the Bay at the Brock Environmental Center

Upper and middle school students took their classrooms outside on the Chesapeake Bay as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) One-Day educational program. Held at the CBF‘s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, students took to the land and bay to learn more about the waterways surrounding the area.


Middle School Students Take Top Honors for Water Tower Creations

Norfolk Collegiate took home first, second and third place out of 11 participating teams at the 4th Annual Virginia Chapter American Water Works Association Water Tower Competition on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Old Dominion University (ODU).


Seventh Graders Roll up Their Sleeves for Coastal Cleanup Project

Middle school students rolled up their sleeves and reached for their trash-grabbers outside of the Virginia Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017. The seventh-grade students were celebrating the annual International Coastal Cleanup in partnership with Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB). Five homerooms went on the excursion and filled 28 large trash bags with litter.


Soprano Megan Pachecano Visits Norfolk Collegiate

Mr. Holman’s chorus classes were privy to a special performance by local, professional singer, Megan Pachecano as she sang, “O mio babbino caro” by Giacomo Puccini in the opera Gianni Schicchi.



Fifth Graders Race Rockets to see Science in Motion

Fifth graders prepared for take off this morning as they prepared their rocket racers for lift-off!



Spirit Week 2017: Oct. 6-13

Spirit week is here! Read more about each day's festivities and the themes of the week.


Author Alan Gratz to speak to students, community

Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author, will be discussing his writing and approach to developing his novels, specifically about plotting and pacing in his stories, during an author talk. Norfolk Public Library, Friends of the Norfolk Public Library and Norfolk Collegiate will be hosting Gratz at the Slover Library on Oct. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m.


Freshmen Experience Fun and Bonding During Freshman Retreat

The Class of 2021 joined the ranks of Freshman Retreat survivors after they took place in the traditional overnight team building trip this September to Camp Silver Beach.



Sophomores’ Trek through Camp Arrowhead a Wild Success

Sophomore students trekked to Camp Arrowhead this September for two days of bonding with fellow homeroom students and teachers!



See our Pre-K & K in action at our Open House

Invite your friends, family and colleagues to learn more about our new pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs at our Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. This event will provide an engaging experience for parents interested in our new and existing programs.


LEGO® Robotics Team Preps for Hydrodynamic Competition

The middle school LEGO® Robotics Team is gearing up for a great year. They’re preparing to compete in this year’s FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, HYDRO DYNAMICS℠!


Students Taking Trips Around the World with Virtual Reality Headsets

Dr. Catherine Thomson’s first-grade class is traveling the world. In the last few weeks, they’ve seen vast oceans, sprawling deserts and dark, deep woods … all from the lower school’s MakerLab.


Robb earns journalism designation

Amy Robb recently earned her Certified Journalism Educator designation. Robb teaches upper school English and journalism and is the English department chair at Norfolk Collegiate. 


New Faces at Norfolk Collegiate

If you haven't already met, there are several new faces we're thrilled to introduce. Please join us in welcoming the newcomers to the Norfolk Collegiate community. 


Alumnus James Hitch is Moving Mountains in Colorado

Three years ago, alumnus James Hitch ’09 was in a dark place. Bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease, Hitch’s life suddenly plummeted. Today, he's doing what seemed impossible.


After-school activities canceled Aug. 29, 2017

Due to the afternoon weather forecast, Norfolk Collegiate is canceling all after-school activities today, Tuesday, Aug. 29. All campuses will be closing at 3:15 p.m., and buses will depart at their regularly scheduled time. Our pre-kindergarten class will be closing at 2:30 p.m.


Solar eclipse on Collegiate's lawn

For those of you who missed it, the first solar eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years soared across the sky Monday, Aug. 21. Erin Smyth, middle school science teacher, invited rising sixth-grade students and their families to watch and learn more about the planetary phenomenon from the Norfolk Collegiate campus. We’re happy to report everyone kept their eyesight and gained a healthy appreciation for planetary alignment. 


Back to school in a snap!

The new school is here and with that comes last-minute details and questions. Below is a breakdown of the basics, in hopes that getting ready for school is a little less stressful. Take a breath and relax, because this is going to be another fun start to the school year!


7 Faculty honored with Mathas Award for Professional Excellence

Norfolk Collegiate recognized seven faculty members with the Keryn and Ted Mathas Award for Professional Excellence on Aug. 16, 2017.

The Keryn and Ted Mathas Award for Professional Excellence was established in 2012 to recognize Norfolk Collegiate faculty members who uphold the high standards in the characteristics of professional excellence and demonstrate a strong commitment to Norfolk Collegiate, its students and its vision.


Collegiate partners with Sentara Healthcare

Norfolk Collegiate is excited to announce our new partnership with Sentara Healthcare. This marks the first time our school has combined our strength and conditioning and athletic training programs to build a superior injury prevention program. 


FLIK Independent Dining Services now on campus

Following an extensive search, Norfolk Collegiate is proud to now be offering our community the very best in independent and private school dining services with FLIK Independent School Dining. 

FLIK will provide our Oaks with nutritious meals, prepared from fresh ingredients that support local and sustainable agricultural practices. 


Teachers Bain, Thomson earn doctorates

Congratulations to our newest doctors! Biology Teacher and Middle & Upper School Admissions Associate John Bain and First-Grade Teacher Catherine Thomson received their doctorates from Old Dominion University. 


Sessions aimed to help parents with iPad requirements

Norfolk Collegiate is hosting iPad Parent Information Sessions in July to help parents get acclimated with the 1:1 iPad Program requirements. 


Summer training opportunities abound

There are several opportunities on campus for Norfolk Collegiate's middle and upper school student-athletes to aid in their preparation for the fall season and beyond.

We even offer strength and conditioning for all age levels, including parents and Collegiate alumni. 


Pellegrino earns CFRE designation

Nicole M. Pellegrino, director of development for Norfolk Collegiate, earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from CFRE International. Pellegrino now joins the more than 5,500 professionals worldwide who hold the designation.


Class of 2017 joins Collegiate alumni ranks



On May 26, Norfolk Collegiate held commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017. This is a snapshot of the ceremony, though the eyes of the graduates.


Oaks named to VISAA All-State Teams

Congratulations to our Norfolk Collegiate student-athletes for their VISAA state team accolades!


Students place in 2017 Elie Wiesel competition

For 10 years, Norfolk Collegiate’s students have been participating in the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition. This year three students were honored for their entries in the 2017 Elie Wiesel Writing Competition, including Christopher Signorelli ’22, Victoria Chapel ’22 and Julianna Selig ’22.


LA-based Musician Alum Tells Students to Find their Passion

On May 19, Norfolk Collegiate alumnus Marcus Miller ’88, a Los Angeles-based jazz percussionist, bandleader and composer, stopped by Norfolk Collegiate to speak to middle and upper school students about his journey and offered inspirational advice.
As a professional drummer, Marcus has recorded and released 16 albums since 2001 for Universe Soul Records. 


AP Capstone Program sees its first graduates

Coastal Virginia’s inaugural class of AP Capstone diploma recipients will graduate from Norfolk Collegiate on May 26, 2017. The AP Capstone™ Program was introduced by the College Board as a means to encourage high school students to engage in independent research, communication and teamwork as they would in college courses at the high school level. 

Oaks place first in national math competition

For the fifth year in a row, Norfolk Collegiate's fifth-grade students have placed first in the Continental Mathematics League Competition. They are national winners for the 2016-17 school year—one of only four schools of hundreds to achieve this recognition. 


Students create game for PixelFest competition

Norfolk Collegiate students Kenneth Hargrove ’18, Laura Marin ’17, Max Golovsky ’19 and Kadin Benjamin ’18 demonstrated a video game they created during a two-day competition. The contest was part of PixelFest 2.0, Norfolk’s first dedicated gaming festival, which took place April 7-9 at Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk. 


Third-grade students participate in spelling bee

On May 3, 2017, 15 students participated in the third-grade spelling bee in Norfolk Collegiate’s Spainhour Family Library. The students went a whopping 40 rounds and through 200 words before going into the challenge words.


Fourth-Grade Spelling Bee goes into challenge round

It took 26 students 26 rounds – a testament to their education and love for words – before our winner was declared! Our acorns went through 181 words before Javier Love was declared the winner in the challenge round. Classmates Evan Wallach took home second-place honors and Carmen Gaskin took home third place honors.


Athletes commit to playing at collegiate level this fall

On April 28,2017, Norfolk Collegiate recognized five senior student-athletes who have committed to play their respective sports at the collegiate level this fall. 


Collegiate wins gold awards again

For the third year in a row, Norfolk Collegiate was voted the Southside Gold Award winner for Best Private School in "Coastal Virginia Magazine’s" Best of Readers' Choice Awards for 2017! 

Additionally, we were honored with the Southside Gold Award winner for Best Summer Camp and Southside Gold Award winner for Best Childhood Development Center!


Alumnus' quest for world record raises $35,000 for cancer research

A year ago, Sam Hitch ’12 was getting ready to graduate from the University of Virginia with a degree in cognitive science. But unlike his classmates, Sam was also gearing up for TriAmerica2016, a 3,906-mile swim, bike and run from Yorktown, Virginia, to San Francisco designed to put him in the Guinness Book of World Records while raising money for a good cause.


Students honored in forensics tournament

Our lower and middle school students did a wonderful job at the Robert S. Sergeant Independent School Forensics League Tournament on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. More than 102 students in grades four through six participated in the tournament, which was held at the Williams School in Norfolk.


Students breathe new life into pond

Learning Resource Teacher Jamie Cato decided to give back while also helping to teach our Oaks through a mini-water/Chesapeake Bay class to the second and third-grade aftercare students every Friday afternoon. Their culminating lesson was a marsh planting extravanganza. 


Fifth-Grade Spelling Bee Heats Up

On Tuesday, April 4, our fifth-grade students took to the Hackney Theater stage and competed in their grade’s Spelling Bee. It took 29 students 31 rounds before a winner was declared with the word “udon.” Evan Skroch took home first-place honors, Camille Porter earned second-place honors and Adam Siebert took home third-place honors.   


38 new members inducted into NHS

Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Honor Society, NHS, inducted 29 new members into the chapter on Friday, April 7. NHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors who meet academic and service requirements.


Students' artwork earns national honors

Two of Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school students, Cameron Somers ’22 and Graham Fitzpatrick ’22, received national honors due to their artistic creations.



Students place in Tidewater Physics Olympics

On Saturday, March 25, 19 of our middle school students descended on Cape Henry Collegiate to compete in the 29th Annual Tidewater Physics Olympics Phun with Physics. The four teams competed in six, 20-minute events that required some knowledge of science and quite a bit of team work and collaboration. The event, which is organized by the Tidewater Teachers of Physics Society, is designed to be fun and active group challenges that include science knowledge. 


Students compete in virtual Lego Challenge

On Thursday, March 23, the students boarded a bus at 7:45 a.m. and headed to Nauticus, where they competed against 26 teams in the area in the Virginia Ship Repair Association's Virtual Lego challenge. The team was comprised of sixth graders Sarah, Logan, Caden Houghton, TiJah Chapman, Logan Pausch, Abby Verostic, Drake Rodden and Morgan Mclaughlin, as well as seventh grader Stanley.


Our very own Saturday Night Live star

He may not be a household name like many of the show’s on-camera performers, but Norfolk Collegiate alumnus Scott Weinstein ’91 has been a successful producer for "Saturday Night Live" for the past 20 years. We checked in with him at his workplace – yes, at 30 Rock in New York City – to ask him about his days at Norfolk Collegiate and his journey to SNL.


5 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed Through Failure

Learning to let go can be one of the most difficult things for parents to do with their children. Luckily, Jessica Lahey has done the hard work for us in “The Gift of Failure,” which guides parents as they work to teach their children how to thrive and grow into independent, confident adults.

Lower school guidance counselor Jan Weintraub is discussing these methods through a series of books chats this March and April. Here are some ways in which parents can let go, and help their children succeed through failure.


Class of 2017 continues Jefferson Challenge incentives

This year’s senior class is taking a cue from the Class of 2016 and continuing their efforts in not only 100 percent class participation in the Jefferson Challenge, but also challenging the upper school to join the challenge and donate to the Annual Fund.


Rube Goldberg 2.0


For five weeks, Mr. Hoyle's upper school theatrical production students put their minds together to bring to life their Rube Goldberg machines. Working in 13 separate teams with three students per team, they toiled and created their machines, which were tested in front of their classmates, teachers, faculty and a panel of judges. Click here to see their creations come to life!


47 Students Inducted into NJHS

Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, NJHS, inducted 47 new members into the chapter on Friday, March 17, 2017.


Students advance to state Destination Imagination competition

Our Destination Imagination students once again proved that a dash of creativity, a splash of imagination and a heaping of hard work, any problem is solvable. On Feb. 25, 2017, Norfolk Collegiate sent three teams comprised of our sixth-grade students to the Tidewater Regional Destination Imagination Tournament. By the day’s end, two of those teams had received third-place honors and a chance to compete at the state competition in April.  


Oobleck for Dr. Seuss

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, our lower school students made oobleck. The recipe was simple, messy and lots of fun! We included it for you to try at home, too!  Click here to watch the video!


Kenneth Hargrove named February Athlete of the Month

This year, thanks to the talents of Kenneth and his teammates, the boys varsity swimming team advanced to state championships for the first time in more than eight years! 


Aaron Gregory named February Coach of the Month

With a new basketball program at Collegiate, Aaron Gregory and head coach Toni Jones turned in an ambitious season with a new team that managed to play 27 games this season. 


Happy 69th Birthday, Collegiate


Happy Birthday Norfolk Collegiate


The Kindness Boomerang

Logan Reed clinches school's Geography Bee

The bee, which is an annual competition organized by National Geographic Society, was designed to inspire and reward a student’s curiosity about the world.


Allmond encourages students to stand up for others

Yvonne Allmond​, TowneBank Senior Vice President, Private Banking spoke to ​upper school ​students on Tuesday, Feb. 21, about the importance of standing up for what they believe is right.


Students' artwork on display in General Assembly

Two of Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school students, Emily Skroch ’21 and Christian James ’23, will have their artwork on display along with 22 other K-12 students at the General Assembly in Richmond. 


7 tips for homework success

While some days will always be better than others, these suggestions can help your child succeed with homework – and help keep the peace in your home. 


Unit circle lesson receives 21st century upgrade

Did calculus and trigonometry make your head explode?!

Our pre-calculus students, with the help of Brendan Hoyle and our MakerLab 3, learned the unit circle can be a useful tool in calculus and trigonometry.


Collegiate Corner upgrades checkout system

The Collegiate Corner traded its paper and pencil and updated the check-out process to now include bar-code scanners, touch screens and a computerized point-of-sale system at Norfolk Collegiate’s middle and upper school campus.



Hall earns CAA designation

Norfolk Collegiate’s Athletic Director Jon Hall earned his Certified Athletic Administration (CAA) designation from the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. 


28 Oaks participate in Polar Plunge

Seniors Grant Campion, Trevor Rogers and Thomas Batzel took on the Polar Plunge on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, as their senior project. They were joined with 25 of their fellow Oaks, who were equally as brave to take a dip in the 44 degree Atlantic Ocean on a balmy 32 degree day.


Fill your belly and support Collegiate

Grab your family and friends and head to Moe's at Wards Corner any time on Friday, Feb. 10, and support our Booster Club while filling your tummy! 

Claywell named head of the upper school

Anne Claud Claywell ’88 has been permanently appointed as head of Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school. Claywell has been serving as interim head of upper school since July 1, 2016, and her permanent appointment follows a national search.


Gross named Spelling Bee champion

On Jan. 18, 2017, 45 middle school students in grades six, seven and eight took to the Hackney Theater stage in an attempt to take home top Spelling Bee honors and advance to the regional Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee.


Bryant named head of Middle School

Susan Bryant has been permanently appointed as head of Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school. Bryant has been serving as interim head of middle school since July 1, 2016.


Alumnus Barron Segar ’80 takes on increased roles at UNICEF

Alumnus Barron Segar ’80 has taken on additional responsibilities as chief development officer and executive vice president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. 


Alumni marching in inaugural parade

Alumni Cabell Thomas ’14, Cody Bennett '14 and Jonny Beck '14 and other VMI keydets will be participating in the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, as part of the VMI Corps of Cadets.


School closed Jan. 11, end of quarter adjusted

As a result, Norfolk Collegiate will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 11, and all activities are canceled. 


Weather cancelations for Jan. 6-8

Given the weather predictions for our area and to ensure safe travel for our students, faculty and staff, Norfolk Collegiate is closing all campuses at 6 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 6, and the campus will remain closed throughout the weekend.

Please stay safe and warm this weekend and share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter using #NCSSnowDay!


A snapshot of 2016

2016 marked another year of firsts for Norfolk Collegiate and our families. Here's a look back... 

Read The Collegiate today!

The Collegiate is a combination of Norfolk Collegiate's Annual Philanthropy Report and Year in Review Magazine. It recognizes gifts made to the school between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, as well as the accomplishments of our students and school. 


Explore Collegiate at our Jan. 8 Open House
Students host fashion show to support breast cancer awareness
Alumni Basketball Game is around the corner
Celebrate the holiday season with Collegiate's concerts
Collegiate's #GivingTuesday doubles donations from previous year
Robots in Macbeth? Why, yes!
Collegiate explores new schedule for trial week
A real world look at forensic science
Share Grandparents & Special Friends Day with our little Oaks
Spread the love of reading at our Scholastic Book Fair
Lower school students explore reading with children authors
Nicole Weyer named November’s Coach of the Month
Learning more about the election process at the polls
TCIS Sailor of the Year: Ellie Maus
An inside look into our LEGO® Robotics Team
Honoring our Veterans with Capt. McDaniel
Speaker series culminates with the legacy of the Brontë sisters
Welcome to Almost, Maine: It’s love…but not quite
A new look for Collegiate
Destination Imagination students take second place in competition
Molding our little Oaks with Acorn Athletics
A book chat that will impact your life
Carson McMonagle named October's Athlete of the Month
A challenge of philanthropy and pursuing dreams
Invite prospective families to join us for coffee to learn about Collegiate
Coach Brandon Ricker is dedicated to teaching soccer
Middle school students chat with published author
Join us at our Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House on Oct. 26
Lower school teacher receives statewide recognition for innovative learning initiatives
Silverman named a 2016 Innovation of Education Award winner
Senior Projects of Collegiate 2017
Kindergarten class gets a lesson on community jobs
Political Science and American History meets today’s politics
Collegiate gears up for Fall Fair and Homecoming 2016
A coach who wears dual hats shares her love for volleyball
Maddie Foster named Collegiate's Athlete of the Month
Drug prevention and its influence in today’s media
Sophomore Trek presents opportunity for bonding and leadership
Freshmen, friendship, fun and a two-day retreat
A little math mixed with fun is a great way to learn
Leadership, team building for eighth graders at Triple R Ranch
Learn how to UnSelfie a selfie-filled generation at our fall book chats
Want to get involved with Collegiate? Learn how!
Transition into middle school with this chat
Faculty professional development: A summer well spent makes for a great school year
Artist, alumnus Brian Bress ’93 returns for a unique afternoon
Dive into the new school year with our Parents' Nights on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8.
Will your student play a sport this year? Don't miss Athletic Orientation Night!
Make back-to-school prep a snap with these reminders
Headmaster Kennedy appointed president of VAIS Board
Bullock to join Collegiate as head varsity wrestling coach
Junior Burrough takes reins of varsity basketball
Network upgrade scheduled for July 1
Summer athletic opportunities abound
Stay in shape this summer with Coach Nichols
Help our Oaks grow, donate to the Annual Fund
Norfolk Collegiate’s sailing club earns national honors
Book Buyback and Ordering Program
Spring coaches wrap-up the season in a few words
Film Festival sparks creative learning
Students earn honors in Elie Wiesel Competition
Sue Byrant's love of golf teaches students sportsmanship
Alex Loope helps varsity tennis team earn VISAA state-runner up
Norfolk Collegiate students sweep FNPL Book Review Contest
Middle school students present Once Upon a Wolf
Lower School students win spelling bee
Students plant crops, harvest garden for Foodbank

Read The Virginian-Pilot Article

Lower School forensics competition winners
Norfolk Collegiate’s honors senior athletes
Outstanding alumni honored at annual breakfast
Norfolk Collegiate’s Gates Millennium Scholar recipient: Faith Rush
Have you met art?
Collegiate wins Best Private School in Readers' Choice contest
Anna Winn is April’s Athlete of the Month
Luke Reilly is April’s Coach of the Month
Coach Markey steps down to recharge his batteries after 20-year tenure
Teacher to be taped to bell tower in support of fundraising efforts
Service with a purpose: Upper School Day of Service
A senior project to end bullying in school: The Big Talk
NHS inducts 29 new members
Fifth-grade students learn about the Holocaust
Spanish week introduces a celebration of culture
March Madness with a twist
Makerspace to enhance hands-on learning at Collegiate
Collegiate students win local scrabble tournament
High School Musical meets Norfolk Collegiate
Lower School students explore Ancient Egypt with creative storytelling
NJHS inducts 32 new members for 2015-16 year
Collegiate shines a light on our students senior projects
Winter sports coaches wrap-up the season in a few words
Frank Thomson shares his passion for baseball
Ann Burns Morrison is Collegiate's March Athlete of the Month
A basketball legacy to remember: Bash, Adam and Kyonze'
Zach takes over headmaster role for the day
Student Journalism Conference was a success
Imagination will take you anywhere
Middle School students earn accolades at Model UN conference
February's Coach of the Month: Jessica Hennig
February’s Athlete of the Month: Jacob Roth
James Cooper earns first place in choral competition
African-American History is America’s history
Take Capt. Collegiate on your next adventure
Lower School students needed for Shamrock Marathon Final Mile
Students create inventions to share in the Middle School Invention Convention
Google Summit: A huge success for Virginia educators
FCD program promotes substance abuse education
Alumnus David Krohn presents: "If Music be the Food of Love, Play On"
A lesson in innovative learning; interactive teaching
Supply drive to benefit third-world students
Parents invited to upcoming theatrical performance
Vote Collegiate in Best Of Contest
Parents encouraged to attend upcoming Experience Nights
January’s Athlete of the Month: Bash Townes wants to be known as the best
A senior project that makes a difference: Helping underprivileged students
January’s Coach of the Month: Bobby Merryman teaches from experience
Reviving a spirit of cheerleading at Collegiate
Informational session will discuss upcoming trip to France
Collegiate students sweep Elie Wiesel Visual Arts
Vote Collegiate in Best Of Contest
A Sunday made just for ice cream
Turf, Lights, Field and Photography
A new twist to the Jefferson Challenge
A step in the right direction with college experts
Upper School students talk data science
Technology bridges learning for Lower School students
December 2015 Coach of the Month: Patrick Clark
December 2015 Athlete of the Month: Gabby Grinnan
Interested in Collegiate? Attend our upcoming events.
Collegiate hosts holiday open house Friday
Lower School continues its Reading Month tradition
Improv techniques create strong public speaking skills for Upper School students
The power of pink: The 2015 Susan G. Komen Fashion Show
Students create history with the Great Thanksgiving Listen
Tanner Hirschfeld receives Collegiate’s first Model UN Conference award in years
Snaps and claps: Poetry Out Loud at Collegiate
From the hockey field to TCIS All-State team
LS Basketball Winter League extends registration deadline
Consider supporting Collegiate with your year-end giving
School, administrative offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Poetry Out Loud comes to Collegiate
Fall coaches wrap up the season in a few words
November Athlete of the Month: Chandler Branton runs passionately to his next goal
Jones Humanities Series kicks off its second year
Collegiate honors veterans with a heartfelt program
November Coach of the Month: From Athlete to Coach, Cayte Brown talks the best of both worlds
‘Tis the season to give
Bassett talks shifts in education
Acorn Athletics excites Lower School students
You can get involved with the admissions process
Honor our Veterans with Collegiate
Shifting the independent school community with Pat Bassett
A beautiful mystery: The Uninvited
The winning chili with Celebrity Chef Graham Elliott
A Homecoming and Fall Fair weekend like no other
Paint your pinky purple for Polio Awareness
Join our headmaster for his inaugural Coffee with Kennedy
A Collegiate education is exceptional ... and starts with you
October 2015: Ari Goldman kicks soccer season off right
October 2015: Coach Staring teaches endurance and teamwork
Students kick-off 2015-16 arts season with "The Uninvited"
Popular TV shows influence classroom lesson
The Class of 2016 sails toward hope with the Jefferson Challenge
Collegiate gears up for Homecoming & Fall Fair weekend
Turf fields continue to ignite school spirit
Book chats delve into parenting from the heart
Collegiate student interviews Marine veteran on WHRO
Parent-teacher conference sign-ups online
Expert encourages students to shape their situation
Collegiate victorious in Battle of the Brains
Collegiate reveals a new Capt. Collegiate during the opening of the turf fields
World’s Fittest Man challenges Lower School students to stay committed
Surveys will help to shape Collegiate's future
Collegiate to host renowned sports psychologist Dr. Naylor
Norfolk Collegiate to host Google + iOS Summit for educators
Evening dates added to parent website sessions
Sept. 2015: Perseverance, tenacity are the keys to sailing
Sept. 2015: Coach Tupper leads one stride at a time
Students learn of resilience from former basketball champ
Join us as we open our turf fields and turn on the lights
Oaks honoring alumnus' memory at David Gayle Memorial Lacrosse Game