Student Services

Student Life

The Collegiate experience goes beyond providing our students with a superior education. At Norfolk Collegiate, student life opportunities are the final piece to a great experience. Oaks are encouraged to explore their interests throughout their time at Collegiate through vibrant offerings in the arts, abundant athletics, volunteer opportunities and student-driven clubs.

All clubs are student-led and while many are longstanding, clubs also change yearly to reflect our current students’ interests. Clubs meet during the school day in the upper school to allow our student-athletes a chance to participate in athletics and in our middle school during the day and afterschool. As such, the majority of students participate in at least one sport with many students being three-season athletes in the middle and upper school.

And sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day, so we offer after-school enrichment opportunities for our students, such as strings, chorus, band, robotics, and more for our youngest students such as piano, dance, chess and karate.

We also understand that the day doesn’t end at 3 p.m. for many of our working parents, so we offer before and aftercare for our lower and middle school students.

Throughout the year, students also participate in social interactions outside their classes. Whether it’s attending a dance, such as Homecoming or Prom, leading the way in the Student Government Association, starting a new club or taking to the fields or stage, the student life options allow each Oak to confidently explore his or her talents and passions.

Upper School Student Life Opportunities

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  • Student Clubs & Organizations

    Student clubs and organizations are one way for students to discover interests, expand their peer groups and enhance the school community. Under the guidance of a faculty or staff advisor, each club provides opportunities for students to develop a variety of skills, including how to facilitate a meeting, delegate tasks, hold others accountable to deadlines, plan and advertise events and present themselves and their club in a professional manner. 

    Each year clubs promote themselves to the student body and allow students an opportunity to join clubs that are of interest to them. Some of the clubs have included, but are not limited to:

    Anime Club |
    Meets monthly to discuss a specific anime book/movie. 
    Art Club | Meets throughout the year with students who are interested in making their own artwork. This club also oversees our annual Art in the Yard celebration. 
    Art of Tea | Students learn about the history and art of tea and introduce the club to individual member’s favorite teas.
    Band Club | Students play and discuss various genres of music and artists. 
    Book Club | Members of the club choose a different book each month and meet to discuss their reading.
    Business Club | Students meet to explore different business ideas and discuss how to manage money.
    Car Club | Meets weekly to learn about a different car. The group also worked together to restore an old car.
    Chesapeake Bay Club | Regular meetings focus on raising awareness of the Chesapeake Bay, its environmental needs and raises money for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
    Chinese Culture | Students explore and learn about Chinese culture.
    CHKD | Students raise awareness about programming, identify volunteer and funding needs for the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter.
    Debate Club | Students learn the art of debate and the time and preparation necessary to engage in a successful debate. 
    Dungeons & Dragons | Students meet weekly to play Dungeons & Dragons.
    Equal Rights Club | Students discuss ways to educate their peers and raise awareness on topics involving equal rights for all.
    Foodbank Club | Students work with our local food banks to identify needs (i.e. food donations, volunteer hours, etc.) and holds fundraisers to gather donations or advertise opportunities for volunteer hours. 
    French Club | Students learn about French language, history and culture.
    Future Military Leaders | Members discuss ways to support our military and their families. They also help plan our annual middle and upper school Veterans Day ceremony.
    Global Crisis | Students discuss issues related to global warming and identify opportunities to raise awareness within our community.
    Green Team | Students discuss everything related to creating and sustaining a healthy global climate. Club members often go on camping trips and organize fundraisers to benefit various environmental groups.
    GSTA | The Gay-Straight Student Alliance allows interested students to meet and discuss issues and challenges as well as offer opportunities for support.
    Latin Club | Students learn about Latin and Roman history and culture.
    Mental Health Awareness | Students discuss the pressure and stress they are under in today's world, identify ways to support themselves and others, and raise awareness and money for local mental health and wellness organizations.
    Operation Smile | Students work with our local Operation Smile organization as volunteers, raising awareness within our community about the work of Operation Smile, and participate in local fundraising.
    Ping Pong Club | Students gather to play ping pong during activity bell during the school year.   
    POCA | The People of Color Awareness Club discuss issues that students of color face, work on programming for Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, raise money for nonprofits supporting communities of color, and work towards having club members visit and tour historically black colleges and universities in Virginia and North Carolina.
    Quiz Bowl | Students meet, in teams of four or five, to compete in the local and regional high school Quiz Bowl tournament. 
    Save the Bees | Students raise awareness about the importance of bees in creating a healthy environment. 
    Spanish Club | Students learn about Spanish language, history and culture. 
    Sports Talk Club | Students discuss and debate the happenings in the world of sports. No sport is off-limits.
    St. Mary’s Home Club | Students work to raise awareness about St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, identify the organization's needs and develop drives for their needs or for volunteers.
    Water Crisis Club | Students promote awareness of the global crisis related to access to clean water and raise funds for organizations committed to this issue.
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  • Student Leadership Opportunities

    Honor Council
    National English Honor Society
    National Honor Society
    Student Government Association
    Junior and Senior Class Officers
  • Social Outings & Class Bonding

    Throughout the year, the Student Government Association hosts several events on campus, including the Homecoming dance and Prom. 

    Each fall the freshmen and sophomore classes participate in off-campus class bonding retreats, which are often some of the most memorable moments for our students.

    Parent Ambassadors coordinate class-specific activities throughout the year and can include activities such as movie nights, bon fires and more!
  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer service also is encouraged for all students, especially those in our upper school. Students volunteer by advisory group during LEAP Term at a nonprofit of their choice, as well as throughout the year through their clubs and organizations.

    Favorite charities include the SPCA, the Ronald McDonald House, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, ForKids, Good Mojo Thrift Store, the Salvation Army and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Middle School Student Life Opportunities

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  • Student Clubs & Organizations

    We believe middle school is a time for our students to accept new challenges, engage in new activities and stretch their wings. Our students are able to do this in a variety of ways, from participating in organized athletics to finding their voice in chorus or discovering their inner inventor and problem-solver through Design Thinking. Below are some of the opportunities offered for middle school students.

    • Robotics Club
    • Model United Nations
    • Forensics
    • Spelling Bee
    • Geography Bee
    • Art and Art Contests
  • Student Leadership Opportunities

    Leadership can take many forms, so we pride ourselves on offering our students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead, whether it’s through collaborative classroom work, student-run parent-teacher conferences, being captain of an athletic team or serving in the Student Government Association.

    Opportunities include, but are not limited to:
    • DEIJ Student Advisory
    • Student Government Association
    • Honor Council
    • National Junior Honor Society
  • Social Outings & Class Bonding

    Throughout the year, the SGA hosts Hangout Nights on campus and include musical entertainment from an area DJ, dancing and refreshments.

    Each fall the sixth and eighth-grade class participate in off-campus class bonding retreats.

    Parent Ambassadors coordinate class-specific activities throughout the year and can include activities such as movie nights, skate parties, volunteer opportunities and more! 
  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer service also is encouraged in middle school. Members of the National Junior Honor Society also dedicate a specific number of hours to community service each year.

    Favorite charities include the SPCA, the Ronald McDonald House, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, ForKids and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and Nauticus. A partnership with Hospitality for the Homeless and other area nonprofits enables students to volunteer on campus after school.

Lower School Student Life Opportunities

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  • Enrichment Activities

    Enrichment activities are designed to provide our lower school students with the opportunity to participate in additional after school programs. The programs change each trimester and include, but are not limited to:
    • Karate
    • Chess
    • Girls on the Run
    • Dance
    • Private piano or strings lessons
    • Band
    • Chorus
    • LEGO Robotics
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  • Student Leadership Opportunities

    Leadership can take many forms, so we pride ourselves on offering age-appropriate opportunities for our youngest students to develop the skills necessary to lead.

    Opportunities include, but are not limited to:
    • Student Council Association
    • Class Representatives
    • Safety Patrol
  • Student Clubs & Organizations

    Whether they are cheering blue or white at the pep rally, picking strawberries during a field trip or learning how to tend a garden, Norfolk Collegiate's lower school offers a variety of ways in which students can take advantage of the experiences offered at our school.

    Students are able to participate in clubs, field trips and a variety of enrichment opportunities. Our Oaks are able to choose from an extensive list of exciting clubs and activities, including, but not limited to:
    Spelling Bees
    Reading Buddies
    Student Council Association

    Fourth- and fifth-grade students also have abundant choices, including:
    Birthday Heroes*
    Math Club
    Science Club
    Spanish Club
    Writing Club
    Forensics
    Intramurals
    Oak Street Journal
    Grade 5 Honors Science Program*
    Oak Ambassadors Club*
    * Denotes clubs available to fifth grade students only
  • Social Outings & Class Bonding

    Field trips provide our students with an opportunity to explore local sites while expanding on their classroom lessons. There are numerous field trips enjoyed by the students throughout the year, including, but not limited to:
    • American Rover
    • Brookdale Farms
    • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
    • Elizabeth River Project/Learning Barge
    • Endview Plantation
    • Jamestown Plantation
    • Virginia Aquarium and the Marine Science Center
    • Virginia Living Museum
    • Virginia Zoo
    • Yorktown Power Station
    Parent Ambassadors also host several opportunities for students and their families to bond outside of the classroom. Some of the activities include a movie night in the Hackney Theater, trip to see the holiday lights at the Botanical Gardens and more. 
  • Volunteer Opportunities

    The Oak Ambassador Club is a club for our fifth grade students and its emphasis is community service. Students who participate in the club go into the community with a faculty member and perform community service. 

    Some of their deeds have included sorting goods at GoodMojo Thrift Store, cleaning animals at the Norfolk SPCA, sorting food at the Foodbank, serving food at local soup kitchens, as well as assisting elderly residents with yard work.

Student Life Administrators

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  • Photo of Christopher Tillson

    Christopher Tillson 

    Dean of Upper School
    Rollins College
    George Mason University
  • Photo of Jill Archer

    Jill Archer 

    Dean of Middle School
  • Photo of Catherine Thomson

    Dr. Catherine Thomson 

    Dean of Lower School

Middle/Upper School Campus

Lower School Campus