Norfolk Collegiate National Merits

Each year Norfolk Collegiate students consistently score above national averages for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) exams.

The last three years have been no exception, as 47 percent of Norfolk Collegiate students have received the title of AP Scholar.

“One of the many reasons that Norfolk Collegiate students go on to thrive in college is our Advanced Placement program,” said Michael Kaplan, director of college counseling. “The fact that students outperform the national averages on these tests is also a confirmation of the exceptional work by Norfolk Collegiate faculty to prepare our students for these exams.”


National Merit Scholarship Program

Our students also thrive on the national level on the PSAT/NMSQT. Over the last three years, Norfolk Collegiate has had five National Merit Commended Scholars and one National Merit Finalist and recipient of a National Merit Scholarship.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 PSAT/NMSQT, which is an initial screen of program entrants. In 2013, Norfolk Collegiate’s Hailey Lain was named as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. As one of about 15,000 students to be named a finalist, her performance ranked in the top 1 percent of all PSAT/NMSQT test takers.


AP Scholar Awards

Norfolk Collegiate provides a high-quality, college preparatory education. With 15 advanced placement courses, the Upper School prepares students for the academic rigors of college and beyond.

The AP Program provides motivated and academically prepared high school students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both. About 18 percent of the 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. Over the last three years, 87 of our seniors, or 47 percent of graduates from 2012-14, have been named AP scholars.

The AP program also provides students with the opportunity to stand out during the admission process. According to the College Board, research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP. The classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 have accomplished the following achievements:


  • Six students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award; 
  • 87 students at Norfolk Collegiate have earned AP Scholar Awards;
  • 43 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award;
  • 15 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award and
  • 29 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award 


“We continue to hear success stories from recent graduates who gain not only the knowledge needed to be well prepared for college but who are also beginning college with several credits due to our strong AP program,” said Headmaster Scott Kennedy. “I hear from a steady stream of parents who are thankful that their children are choosing to complete double majors in four years because of the strong start provided by Norfolk Collegiate.”