signature programs

What makes your school different? It's a fair question and one that is commonly asked by those exploring options for their children. Norfolk Collegiate offers a number of "signature programs" that give our students an advantage as they prepare for life, college and beyond. Below are a few such programs.


Communication Arts is an interdisciplinary, K-12 learning thread designed to help students grow into creative, insightful communicators using a wide range of media in the exploration of 21st century forms of expression. Distinguished by its emphasis on oral, written, visual and digital forms of communication, the Communication Arts curriculum is a K-12 journey that 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. Learn more


Forward thinking, curriculum-based and relevant – these are words that describe Norfolk Collegiate's approach to creating a learning environment infused with technology. For nearly 70 years, our mission has charged us to engage students with both traditional and innovative teaching practices. Our classrooms have long been incubators for teaching methodologies that spark curiosity and encourage students to pursue ideas and issues that are important to them. We believe that technology is changing the way students learn. Success in college and beyond depends on new skill sets and capacities that include creativity, critical thinking, and the ability to be an excellent communicator and collaborator. In response to a continually evolving technology landscape that requires these skill sets, our teachers pair learning experiences that incorporate cutting edge digital tools and processes with a proven college preparatory curriculum. Learn more


Norfolk Collegiate has been selected by the College Board as an AP Capstone™ participant beginning in 2015-16. Currently offered at just over 200 schools nationwide, AP Capstone™ is a rigorous, research-based program that builds on the extensive catalog of discipline-specific AP courses in the Upper School. As one of the first schools in Virginia to offer AP Capstone™ to its students, Norfolk Collegiate is uniquely positioned to expand its mission of "traditional and innovative instruction" while developing its graduates' 21st century skills. AP Capstone™ is an innovative new program from the College Board that capitalizes on the strengths of Norfolk Collegiate's current AP offerings to engage students in inquiry-based independent research, collaboration, and oral and written communication skills as they investigate contemporary issues and problems from multiple perspectives. Based on two foundational courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—the AP Capstone™ program offers highly qualified students the opportunity to earn either the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ or the AP Capstone Diploma™. Learn more  


As students begin the final chapter of their academic career at Norfolk Collegiate School, they embark on a journey of personal and intellectual growth through the Senior Project. Each student is required to develop a proposal, select a mentor, work independently and present the final project to a panel of teachers and peers prior to graduation. While some students work toward the goal of personal growth, others take on ambitious societal and charitable pursuits. From completing an internship, to staging concerts, to organizing arts shows or writing academic papers, what is most inspiring about these projects is that each takes students beyond the classroom to a creative space of their own imagining. Learn more


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