Frequently Asked Questions
Chesapeake Academy is an independent, co-educational day school serving a diverse population of Pre-Kindergarten 3 & 4 through eighth grade students in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia. The school prepares each student for future academic, ethical, social, and physical endeavors in an intellectually challenging environment with a unique curriculum grounded in a nurturing, family-oriented atmosphere.
What are the steps to the Admission Process, and how might I learn more about making application, deadlines, financial assistance, and visiting the Academy?
Year Round – Admission Inquiry
Please contact Chesapeake Academy to request a brouchure. After you have had an opportunity to review the brochure, please call Hilary Scott, Director of Admission, at 804-438-5575 to schedule a tour. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; please submit paperwork prior to March 8, 2012. Should your family wish to consider financial assistance, Chesapeake Academy encourages parents to submit their application early.
The Academy seeks to enroll students who are:
6:1 (Average class size is 10 students)
107 (Age 3 through Grade Eight)
Chesapeake Academy does not discriminate in admission or financial assistance on the basis of race, gender, physical challenges, religious affiliation, ethnic background, or country of origin.
Payment options are:
No student should be discouraged from applying to Chesapeake due to financial reasons. Financial assistance is available on a limited and confidential basis. All assistance is awarded on the basis of need and requires a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) from the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) as well as the CA Financial Assistance application and a copy of the most recent tax return and W-2.
The PFS application is available online at www.nais.org/financialaid/sss.
To meet the March deadline, the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) must be sent to the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) in Princeton, NJ on or before JANUARY 30, 2012. The Chesapeake Academy Financial Assistance Application and personal tax forms (W-2's. etc.) should arrive on or before FEBRUARY 27, 2012 to the Admissions Office at the Academy. The financial assistance committee meets initially in March to determine awards, and decisions will be mailed to families on or before the end of the month.
Students who are accepted into the School after March will be considered for scholarships until such time as all funds have been allocated. All financial assistance decisions are held in the strictest confidence. Applicants must be accepted into the School before being considered for financial assistance.
39% of the students at Chesapeake Academy are presently receiving financial assistance.
As a small school, we ask that each family stretch their education dollars, and many make sacrifices for their students to attend. Every student at Chesapeake Academy receives financial support as tuition only covers about 70 cents of each dollar of expense. We raise the other 30 cents through charitable giving to the Annual Fund and various fund raising events. The Academy trustees are committed to maintaining affordable tuition and a strong Scholarship Assistance Program.
Parents and students from 6th and 7th grade provide a hot lunch each Wednesday of the school year. Proceeds go towards their trip to Seacamp 2013. A different menu has been provided for each of the four marking periods. Each marking period includes a cookout on Tag Day. Students may choose to participate in as many of the marking periods as they like.
In addition to a full day of classes, students find time to participate in a variety of other activities that include: soccer, golf, basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country, tennis, music, drama, chorus, tone chimes, yearbook, student government, instrumental music lessons, area field trips, Inward Bound (an overnight excursion), Blue and White intramural activities, and community service.
Chesapeake Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).
Please contact the Admission Office at 804-438-5575.