My son is now a 10th grader and has attended NSA since kindergarten. I started to regret my decision to send him to this school around 7th grade, but continued because my son didn't want to change schools. Students have left this school and gone to IB programs in the area because the education is better.The academics and teachers are marginal and the administration is totally clueless about the components of a quality education. The true test will come in 2 yrs when we apply to colleges. Hopefully he will be able to get into a school that will make up for all the money I have spent unnecessarily.
Don't waste your time or money with this school. There are other area private schools that are much better. We found this out the hard way at the expense of our child...time wasted at NSA.
NSA offers much more than a quality academic program. The experience at NSA is priceless. As a parent, I appreciate all that the school is and does each and every day. Highly recommended!
My husband and I send our two girls to NSA and love the school! Our students love coming to school each and every day! They are being provided with an excellent college preparatory education in a community that values honor. We feel sending them to NSA is a worthwhile investment and are grateful to be a part of such a terrific community!
After looking at several independent schools in the area, we decided to send our children to NSA. It was the best choice and investment we have ever made for our children. My children started at NSA in Pre-K and have loved every teacher they have had at NSA. Each teacher takes the time to get to know them as individuals and finds a way to challenge them each and every day. The opportunities for students are endless - even in the Lower School as they have many after school clubs, athletics and math/science initiatives. The school focuses on character education and giving back which I believe has has all helped to make my children more well-rounded. I couldn't be happier with our choice and NSA! I highly recommend this school over all others in Hampton Roads!
It's nice to see that NSA strives to provide ABOVE and beyond what has come to be expected from others. Again, thanks to NSA Staff for showing in every way that all things matter!
We chose NSA for our kindergartner because of the welcoming and enthusiastic environment. Everyone we have encountered here as visitors and now as a current family have always been always excited to see us and our child and so excited about the school, the students and their education. Teachers here are dedicated to developing well-rounded students and are involved in their development both as students and as people. The school seems committed to staying current and competitive in the education and tools used for instruction. Our child has had a very positive experience and is both challenged and supported in the classroom. Great spirit of family and community here.
As the parents of four children who attend NSA, my husband and I could not be happier with the school, its dedicated faculty and staff and the lessons, both academic and in life, that they are being taught each and every day. Honestly, I feel grateful that they are Saints and I am committed to do whatever I can to keep them at NSA. Every morning I drop them off is one less day I worry about their education and their safety - it's like putting them in the care of family. Thank you NSA for providing excellence everyday!
My children have attended NSA starting in pre-school and we've now been Saints for 12 years. It has always been a nurturing environment where my kids have learned and thrived. As far as cost- when compared to other comparable private schools in the area, it is quite a bit lower and for the class size is a great deal. What I love about it is the sense of community. There are lots of opportunities for parental involvement- but it's not required or forced on you. The school has had a big technology push over the past three years and is keeping up with this fast paced world we live in. NSA is also fortunate to have a new headmaster, Debbie Russell, who's children attended NSA before she started working there- so she truly understands things from a parent's perspective. We have been fortunate to have wonderful donors who allow the school to continue to grow and get better. The future is bright for NSA and I'm thankful for my children's experiences there.
We watched the school deteriorate in every way for the 10 years between our eldest and youngest. We finally made the choice to move our youngest to another private school. We are extremely happy with our new choice and wish we had made the move earlier.
I was perhaps the poorest kid that ever attended Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. I was worried about not fitting in but my parents were determined to send me because the school was college preparatory and it had a good reputation. I should not have wasted my time worrying. I enjoyed every single minute at this school. The students could have cared less about the clothes I wore or the car I drove. They were sweet and caring and I still count many of them among my close friends today. I took demanding courses at Nansemond-Suffolk and entered college with credits due to my scores on the AP tests. Because NSA is a small school, everyone has the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activities. I played on several teams and was very involved with the class activities such as the prom committee. NSA provided us with so many opportunities to be part of something and to have fun. Although I was in the minority at NSA, I loved going to this school and it is great to see NSA still going strong.
My children went to NSA for 13 years and it has really gone downhill over the years; so much so that we left the school to attend another private school in the Hampton Roads Area. The move was the best thing we have ever done for our children. NSA has become very negative over the years. They have several very negative teachers, many of their graduates go to community college ever though they pride themselves in being college prep school. There have been many drug problems and bomb threats. There have been several thefts and vandalism of property over the years, even though they claim that there is no need for locks on the lockers. My children are in such a better place now; positive and nurturing bringing out the best in each child, very positive and academically challenging at our new school. We regret that we stayed at NSA too long and when our children could have been thriving more at other area private schools. It's very sad that NSA has deteriorated so much over the years. So many children/families have left to attend other private schools in the area.
Our star, Prem Patel has discovered his love of learning at NSA. He moved from Pennsylvania, where he wasn't making the best choices and completely changed his ways at this school. He has met many inspirational teachers, coaches, and friends at NSA and possible the love of his life. The track team has turned him into an elite, strapping, young man. GO SAINTS!
Great teachers who deserve six stars; however, the school has gotten very elite and snobby as the price has climbed. Many of my kids friends have left, and all too many of the kids that have remained have an attitude of entitlement that has really changed the character of the school. Sad, sad, sad.
My daughter has attended NSA beginning with Early School 3 and is currently in Kindergarten. What a wonderful school. She is academically challenged and has school spirit that is truly mind blowing. I know many families who have children at all levels in the school. They love the academics, extra-curricular activities, caring faculty and staff, as well as the stellar reputation. Even though it costs more than some other local schools, I believe that I am getting what I pay for. Go Saints!
Our son has discovered a love of learning at NSA. It is a safe and nurturing environment. He is fortunate to have kindergarden teachers with years of experience under their belts. School can be both fun and educational. So far it's be a very positive experience. It's pricey, maybe even overpriced, but it's a fantastic way to start out the elementary school experience. I rate it 4 out of 5 only because of the price.
ACADEMICS At NSA, students can have as much academic attention as they want. This is a great strong point. If I am ever struggling, there is always a teacher willing to put in extra time to help me out, whether it be before school, break/lunch, or after school. However, approaching them and requesting the help is key if you are struggling but not failing. There are plenty of classes, and if a student would like to get into a class that they have been recommended for, there is usually no problem. Students previously from larger schools will appreciate this in particular. Teacher recommendations from NSA are above average, mainly because the teachers know the students so well. The small classes and dedicated staff are the reasons for this. As far as academics go, NSA is top-notch.
I attended NSA for 6 years. I was one of the VERY few minorities, and I must say in my opinion many of the teachers and student were racially judgemental. They seemed suprised that a minority like myself could do so well in the upper level classes. Many of my friends felt the same way. The principal lacks leadership and my parents wondered where all their money was going. The headmaster in my opinion cared more about sports than the curriculum. I would never send any of my kids to NSA or recommend any student to go there.
I was most impressed when I requested a 'teacher conference' for my 9th grade (son). He is an A student, but has needed a bit of a 'nudge' lately. I set up the meeting with 4 of his core teachers and all 4 of those ladies met me 'together', it was wonderful. What was so impressive, was that those ladies all 'knew' and 'described' my son and his study habits, personality, and methods of learning to a 'tee'. It is a rare occasion when you as a parent realize that these teachers see your child as an indivdual, and gives you the confidence that they 'care' about that child. Like any school, there are things you would like to see. But overall, a very caring and nurturing environment. Both my sons play school sports here and have been complimented by other parents and staff @ other schools.
This school is wonderful! From the friendly and knowledgeable teachers to the administration and staff, I am pleased to have all three of my children attend such a fine institution. Whether it's academics, sports, or the arts, there is so much to offer all students who attend NSA!
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