Norfolk Collegiate's Communication Arts is an interdisciplinary K-12 learning thread designed to help students grow into creative, insightful communicators using a wide range of media.



Communication Arts at Norfolk Collegiate    

Communication Arts is an interdisciplinary K-12 learning thread designed to help our students grow into creative, insightful communicators using a wide range of media, from traditional forms to emerging technologies. Distinguished by its emphasis on oral, written, visual and digital forms of communication, the Communication Arts curriculum prepares our students to thrive in an increasingly complex, global information environment. Incorporating design thinking, creativity, and media literacy, Communication Arts provides such experiential learning opportunities as production of student publications in each division and creation of video and multi-media projects that are shared with real audiences.

The program was made possible thanks to the Edward E. Ford Foundation, who donated $25,000, alumnus and noted film director, Gary Fleder ’81, who donated equipment and film-editing software to Norfolk Collegiate, and to the Beazley Foundation, which donated $125,000 for the Beazley Communication Arts Suite. The Beazley Foundation also contributed to our Lower School's iMac lab. 

Learn more about our personalized education at any of our upcoming admission events. To schedule a personal tour, please contact Mary Peccie, director of admissions, at 757.480.1495 or email


  • iPad Integration: This allows students to explore and master modern forms of communication and expression. For example, students are regularly producing videos and multi-media projects to express ideas and the mastery of lessons in math, literature, social studies and language arts.
  • WNCS News: A video newscast produced by Lower School students with the assistance of a faculty member. Students take the lead reporting special announcements, interviewing guests, reporting the weather and recording the newscast, which is shown several times each week.
  • K-5 Technology Classes: Classes in the iMac and PC labs introduce our youngest Oaks to typing instruction, elements of graphic design, coding and digital video production.
  • Public Speaking: Students have many opportunities to perfect their speaking abilities before their teachers and peers, as well as in forensics competitions.


  • Middle School Film Festival: This event highlights the best works of Middle School students' interdisciplinary projects. Videos are selected by faculty members for general viewing with a few top videos selected for presentation.
  • Student-Produced Publications: Upper School students work independently and as part of their coursework to plan publications, generate copy, take photographs and design pages for the Acorn yearbook, Horizons literary magazine, and Oak Leaf and Oak Leaf Online, the student newspaper.
  • Upper School Coursework: For Upper School students, there is a designated communication arts course sequence which includes the following: Journalism I, II, III, and IV, Yearbook, Introduction to Digital Arts, Computer-Aided Drawing, and Website Design.
  • Dev Team: This after-school program is led by a local entrepreneur in the field and teaches students the basics of designing apps and video games using the Unity platform.



Norfolk Collegiate students are equipped to be successful college students, citizens and leaders by clearly communicating their ideas and opinions in an increasingly complex technological society.

For additional information about the communication arts program, contact Charlene Loope, director of instructional technology and communication arts. For questions specific to the communication arts learning thread at the Lower School, Middle School or Upper School, please contact the appropriate division head.