Design Thinking & Computing at Norfolk Collegiate    

Design Thinking & Computing 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 Design Thinking & Computing curriculum prepares our students to thrive in an increasingly complex, global information environment. Incorporating design thinking, creativity, and media literacy, Design Thinking & Computing 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 our admissions team at 757.480.1495.


  • 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.


  • 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 club 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.