At Virginia Academy, it is our firm belief that every child is endowed with gifts, talents and abilities. Our job is to discover and develop them. Therefore, at Virginia Academy every student is exposed to and given an opportunity to discover his or her talent in art, music, and drama. Weekly visual art and chorus classes are offered for every preschool and elementary student. In addition to classes and clubs, students (preschool through HS) have the opportunity to perform twice a year on our fully theatrical stage in an 800 seat auditorium.
Visual art classes are provided every week for preschool and elementary students by an art teacher with years of visual art teaching experience. Middle school students participate in visual art classes twice a week for at least one semester and high school students may elect to take visual art as an elective credit for a full year. Students are taught a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, and sculpting.
All preschool and elementary students have drama class once a week and participate in two performances a year. All 6-8th grade students participate in drama class twice weekly where students have regular performance and speaking opportunities. This class provides a foundation for future upper school performing arts classes. These classes take an in-depth approach to theatre and public speaking. Additionally, all Upper School students have the option to participate in drama club after school. Drama club students practice improvisational acting and other advanced acting skills. It sponsors the “winter-one act” and spring main stage productions. Any upper school student may audition for these productions.
From preschool to upper school, students are able to develop and showcase their musical gifts and talents. In addition to chorus classes which are offered weekly for all students preschool through upper school, students are introduced to musical instruments in early elementary levels. Grades 2 through upper school are able to participate in our instrumental band and strings program.
The Advisory Program enables upper school students to successfully navigate through Virginia Academy. Students meet in small groups weekly where they engage in discussions and activities regarding bully prevention, academic goal setting, personal goal setting, and diversity. Additionally, each advisory group participates in the grade-level STEM project and performs community service in the upper school and in the Community Church food pantry, Messiah’s Market.
For the past several years, Virginia Academy has enrolled international students from around the world. We value and appreciate the diversity and culture these students bring to our campus. VAA offers a comprehensive International Program that provides students with the support they need to be successful. Our staff and faculty seek to immerse students in American education and the surrounding culture in order to create a more enriching experience.
International Student Services
To ensure our international students have a successful experience, VAA provides the following services:
Airport pick-up and Arrival Orientation to assist with bank account set up, cell phone services, medical evaluation, student health insurance, and school supplies.
Communication between the school, parents, students, and host family/representative.
Specialized social activities, outings, and dinners.
Ongoing support by our International Director including one-on-one student meetings, cultural adjustment group discussions, and academic performance conferences with students and faculty members.