We have a 1st grader and a 3rd grader at Norfolk Collegiate Lower School, and they have attended since kindergarten. In this area, choosing a school can be a daunting task. We chose and have stuck with NCS due to the community of the school. Our children are not just one of many, they are an incorporated part of the school. Each child knows and interacts with students from all grade levels - both older and younger than they are. The teachers and faculty know each student's personality and watch him/her grow. There was some re-organization at the Lower School of teachers this past year, and it has been for the best of the students and parents. There are many opportunities for the students to become involved - from SCA to violin to science club to tennis. NCS emphasizes the entire student, not just the academics, but also the citizenship of the child in the world.
Academically tailored to our child with a warm caring environment, our child loves Norfolk Collegiate. She has been to other schools over her academic career and this one is the tops. Teachers who care, a staff who knows each child individually and an administration with a vision for the future. Parent involvement can be whatever level you want it to be.
We have two children in school at Norfolk Collegiate and have loved it! They have a very caring and nurturing environment and a true "family" feel. The teachers have been incredible at personalizing instruction an have truly inspired success. For a school this size they have a remarkable number of unique opportunities in the classroom as well as extra-curricular offerings.
My oldest son has been at Norfolk Collegiate since kindergarten, and is now a third grader. My youngest has just started kindergarten. They are both thriving in the warm, caring environment provided by the faculty and staff. The small class size allows the teachers to work individually with the students. They can provide extra challenges or extra assistance as needed. The teachers are always available to talk with my husband and I about any questions or concerns that we may have. Most importantly, my children are excited to go to school and feel part of a community there. They have made wonderful friends at the lower school, and have also had the opportunity to interact with older students at the middle and upper schools who have become role models for them.
My son is a third grader and has been at Norfolk Collegiate since kindergarten. We have had such a great experience at this school - from the smiles and enthusiasm that greet him daily, to all of his amazing teachers, who have challenged and cared for him, to the amazingly warm and approachable staff. When I drop my son off at school each day, I know that he is in a safe, caring environment. When I pick him up each day, I always leave with a smile - it's a happy place where my son is surrounded by the best teachers and staff we could ask for. We look forward to having our daughter there next year!
Norfolk Collegiate has provided a challenging and personalized educational experience for my three children. The teachers have tailored lessons to fit each of my children's abilities, pushing them when necessary and aiding when needed. I have also been amazed at the warmth of all the staff, not just the teachers. They greet the children and me with smiles and hellos. Once the lunch room worker said she told my son he would grow up to do great things because he was so smart. I was amazed that she had gotten to know my child and had conveyed such a positive message to him. When your child is surrounded by people who encourage them, from teachers to staff to lunch room workers, the odds of them succeeding in life are tremendous.
Like several parents, I have been underwhelmed by NCS. Moving from out of state, I expected the school to have a high level of academics, especially given the lip service by the admissions representatives. I have continually tried to address issues that my child is not being challenged and despite platitudes by the principal and the teacher, it has not been adequately addressed over several months. My daughter loves the environment of the school, but her preschool was more rigorous.
As an alumna of the school, I was so excited that my children would have the opportunity to attend one of the best private schools in our area. NCS has given my children the opportunity to take advantage of academics, arts and athletics. They are well-rounded individuals, who will have the tools to achieve success in college and beyond. I have seen many students come and go over the years, and they have flourished in the college environment--I am excited for the opportunities that my children will have in the next 5 years as they move up into the high school. I cannot wait for them to take advantage of the many international field trips to the Galapogos Islands, Peru, Spain, France or even Cuba!
My two children have graduated from NCS & are thriving at their colleges. They are both well prepared for all the challenges of college-both academically and socially. Both kids come back to Norfolk Collegiate to visit their teachers. In additon, they both keep in touch with other students from school. One child took advantage of art classes while the other played sports every season. The camaraderie that develops between the students as well as the sports teams is a wonderful asset. I'd recommend NorfolkCollegiate to all parents.
Norfolk Collegiate School is one of the best schools in Hampton Roads. My children enjoy playing sports and are surrounded by students who have a passion for learning. The best part of having our children attend an independent school is meeting families that have the same values and motivations that focus on the ultimate goal of attending college. Our oldest child entered his Freshman year with 20 credits hours from the AP courses taken at Norfolk Collegiate.
I have two students who attend the lower school. Our time at Norfolk Collegiate has been wonderful. My children are both nurtured and challenged. While they are receiving a strong academic foundation, they are also learning the importance of character, honor and respect. The teachers take the time to get to know each child and to see (and value) their unique qualities while maintaining high expectations for all. That is not an easy task, but they seem to balance well acknowledging each child's individuality within a challenging environment. My children look forward to going to school each day, they have loved their teachers and their classmates. As a parent, I have really appreciated the open dialogue with the teachers and have felt like a partner in my child's education.
This is a disappointing school. Norfolk Collegiate will happily accept you tuition money, but it doesn't mean the school community will ever welcome your child--especially if your family is not from Hampton Roads. Overall, the school is not culturally open-minded, and does not welcome outsiders easily (despite what the school advertises). Instead, the school provides a homogeneous island within Norfolk for well-to-do parents to send their kids. There is a tackiness to the entire enterprise.
I have two children who attended Norfolk Collegiate from kindergarten on. One is a senior there; the other is a senior in college. Obviously while no school is perfect, it's hard for me to imagine a school that would have been better. The faculty genuinely care about the kids and want to see them do well. The new college counselor, Mike Kaplan, has been amazing. My daughter adores Ms. Claywell and Ms. Parker (administrators) and drops in to spend time with them often. The thing that I have appreciated most is that while my two children are very, very different, NCS has gone out of its way to make a path for each that is suited to their own needs. They have truly capitalized on each child's strengths. Further, when there were issues, I always felt comfortable picking up the phone. There was never a time when my concerns went unanswered. Once I got a note from my daughter's English teacher telling me how much he enjoyed having her in his class. It made my day. While I know it's expensive, I think of it as an investment. My kids better pay for me to live in a really, really nice nursing home!
My granddaughter goes here and she loves it. As a third graded she is playing violin, participating in sports and has lots of great friends and teachers. What a thrill to hear that school is a fun place!
This is an outstanding institution. There is a very stable school with strogn leadership that has been recruited from around the nation. Students are challenged, but cared for. Probobly the top school in the Tidewater area.
My daughter is in K with Mrs. White and so far I have been really pleased with NCS. I love the full day K, the early intro to Spanish, the daily PE and the art, music, library and computer classes each week. We are only 2 1/2 months into the school year and she is starting to read independantly! The facilities are well maintained and functional. My only complaint (if you can call it that) is the expense, but I guess you get what you pay for! The parents seem well-invested in their kids doing well and I know that makes all the difference. Go Oaks!
Norfolk Collegiate (NCS) is a really great school. I will be a Senior this upcoming school year. It's the perfect size, not too big, not too small. I have only been a student at Norfolk Collegiate for 2 years, but I've gotten involved in a lot of activities like National Honor Society and Oak Society. All of my teachers, except for a few, have been wonderful. I feel, no matter what school someone goes to, there is always going to be teacher that is not as great as the others. There are a ton of AP classes available at NCS. I have taken AP Human Geography, AP Biology, and AP US History. As a Senior I will take AP English Language, AP Government, AP Statistics, and AP Environmental Science. NCS has tons of sports teams. NCS is a great school and it has prepared me well for college.
Wonderful school and dedicated community. This school values children as individuals and fosters their growth academically and socially.
This school is great. It has lots of extracurricular activities including lots of sports. There academic program is fantastic and very organized.
We're very disappointed in our second year here at NCS. We gave the school another chance after our first year last year. Our child's in fourth grade now, and we're transferring to a different private school next year. It sounded really good during our interview, but during our child's first year, he didn't feel challenged enough and his teacher did not seem too eager to help. Our child's one of the top students in his class (he gets no grade lower than a 96). The academics are mediocre compared to other private schools in this area. The tuition is too high. There are a lot of families who'd like to give their children a really good private school education, but this school is not the best choice. They probaby pay their teachers well--and that's good, but the two years we've been here proved that NCS is an OK school but mediocre.
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