No rating

GreatSchools Rating

Hampton Roads Academy

Private | PK-12 | 587 students


Be sure to visit


Living in Newport News

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $170,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,020.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
Based on 2 ratings
Based on 5 ratings
No new ratings
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

13 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 14, 2014

My daughter started 1st grade at HRA. We made the switch from public school to private because we were getting frustrated with all of the budget cuts and programs disappearing. We also had concerns on the disparity among the children. In kindergarten, some children didn't know the alphabet while others were beginning to read. There also were concerns over the "teaching for the test" mentality. Our daughter's learning absolutely took off at HRA and I attribute it to amazing teachers, small class size, and more of a hands on experience. She is learning Spanish and has opportunity for many wonderful afterschool activities. We have been very happy at HRA. It was a difficult decision both financially and emotionally but it was the best decision my husband and I made for our children. Our son has since started kindergarten and he is reading and loving school. Great things about HRA: the teachers have been amazing, the staff is so supportive and caring, it definitely has a community feel which was a concern of mine with private school, the level of learning has exceeded my expectations, and there is no teaching to the test, the teachers have freedom to teach. Highly recommend HRA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2014

I have three children at HRA. One in each level, LS, MS, and US. There is continuity through all the grades and the teachers really get to know each kid's personality, which allow them to steer them in areas of interest to the child. While the tuition is expensive, we feel that it has been worth it to see our children develop academically, socially, and exceed our expectations. They really challenge the kids to excel. Worth a look.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2013

HRA is a fantastic school. I have enrolled two children this year and have found the staff friendly, supportive, and eager to facilitate my children's successful integration into the school. The academic standards are high and set an excellent expectation for achievement. In addition, the staff also care about each child as an individual and celebrate students' nonacademic strengths and talents. I am extremely pleased with the decision for my children to attend HRA. Please visit, take a tour, and meet the staff. You will be impressed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 26, 2013

I recently moved my youngest child to HRA after having two children graduate from another private school. I cannot say enough good things about the school. The teachers are accessible and engaged. I feel that my child is receiving an education that is worth every penny of the tuition. The althletic and arts programs are outstanding, celebrating all students for their special talents. The students and their parents have been extremely friendly to our familiy making us feel welcome. We are very happy we made the move.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2013

I could not disagree more with the review below about lack of diversity. A critical reason we chose HRA was becasue of the diversity and the great openness and discussions about all types of cultures. Plenty of Asians - 28 new this year in a resdiential apartment setting in additon to the local families and exchange students, plenty of African Americans, Hispanics,Jews, Christians, Muslims etc. You need to walk in and take a tour. The school is certainly not predominately one race nor is a rich snobby school. It is a well balanced placed for learners!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 16, 2013

My child attended this school for middle school. The teachers are enthusiastic and the students seem happy to be there. The challenge that this school has is bullying and entitlement issues among children and the lack of experience that younger teachers have in employing different learning styles with students. Much of the actual learning takes place at home, due to the fact that much of class time is spent on "enriching" activities such as movies, comic books, computer media, field trips, elaborate projects, and discussion. Heard from many parents who are highly educated that their students are getting "C"s and "D's" . Not enough African American, Asian, or Hispanic students relative to the community. Racist remarks were frequent among students behind closed doors. Community environment was stuffy hard to crack. Music program is tiny and loosely organized, but the drama is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2013

My child has attended since middle school (6th grade) and is about to graduate. The academic work is challenging (in a good way), the activities are numerous and diverse, and the kids are great (they have an honor code and students don't use locks on their lockers), and the teachers smart and supportive. Also, the counselor has been wonderful during the college search.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2011

My child has been attending HRA from K, and we are just thrilled with the school. My daughter looks forward to going to school every day, the teachers are caring and the academics are superb. Class sizes are small, with about 15 kids in each class in the lower grades.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 18, 2009

I switched my 3rd grader to this school this fall and have been overlly impressed with the quality of the education leadership and community service spirit. The principal is outstanding and is available and visible at all times the environment is challenging yet developmentally appropriate. The parent involvement is great and very welcoming to new parents. A great choice worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2008

My children have been there since kindergarten and the education is exceptional. The staff and faculty are top notch. worth every penny
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2007

I cannot speak highly enough of Hampton Roads as college preparatory school. I am currently attending an Ivy League Institution, and it has been clear from the beginning that I am among the most prepared for the work load. The educational foundation that the small class sizes and engaging teachers provided has made the transition to a college atmosphere significantly easier.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 4, 2006

When you go there, there's a few things to complain about. Sometimes things might be considered overly strict. And most of the time, as a student, you'll complain a lot because your other friends won't have as much work, and they'll be having more fun in their lives... but once you graduate, you understand. It was all worth it. I was there from grades 6 to 12, and looking back, I wouldn't have done anything differently. If I find myself back on the peninsula when I'm older, that will be where my children end up, too. Really, there are no better alternatives in the area.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 4, 2006

that school is great, it has really good education system
—Submitted by a student

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Oops! We currently do not have any student information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian
  • NAIS


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
  • {{date}}
Export calendar
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...


To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 884-9100


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Living Word Academy
Yorktown, VA