Admissions FAQs

What is the Mission of Chesapeake Academy?

Chesapeake Academy is an independent, co-educational day school serving a diverse population of Pre-K 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?

Please complete the inquiry form located at the bottom of this page and a brochure packet will be mailed to you. After you have had an opportunity to review the packet, please contact Hilary Scott, Director of Admission, at 804-438-5575 or hscott@chesapeakeacademy.org to schedule a tour.  There is an early admission deadline of November 1, 2017 with admission decisions given by mid-December.  Applications received after November 1, 2017 will be considered after the March 1, 2018 deadline, with admission decisions given by the end of March.  Should your family wish to consider financial assistance, Chesapeake Academy encourages parents to submit applications early.

What type of student is most successful at Chesapeake Academy?

The Academy seeks to enroll students who are:

  • Committed to learning and being a part of a community dedicated to honesty, respect, citizenship, and integrity
  • Of strong ethical character
  • Well rounded, with varied interests and talents
  • Excited about becoming part of a close-knit community
  • Interested in developing themselves to the fullest through academic challenge, athletics competition, and artistic exploration

What’s the Academy’s student-teacher ratio?

8:1 (Average class size is 12 students)

How many students attend Chesapeake Academy?

124 (Age 3 through Grade Eight)

How diverse is the Academy’s student body?

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.

How much is tuition at Chesapeake Academy?

For the 2017-2018 school year tuition and fees are:

  • Pre-K 3&4 $6,550
  • Pre-K 3&4 Flexible Full-Day $8,750
  • Kindergarten $11,550
  • Lower School $11,550
  • Middle School $12,275

Tuition Payment
Payment options are:

  • Full (July 1, 2017)
  • 2 payments (July 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017)
  • 10 payments (July 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018)

How can we afford to send our child(ren) to Chesapeake Academy?

No parent 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 a copy of the most recent tax return and W-2.

The PFS application is available online at www.nais.org.

To meet the March deadline, the PFS must be submitted to SSS by MARCH 6, 2018 along with personal tax documents.  Chesapeake Academy requests that the personal tax documents be uploaded to their account at SSS. The Financial Assistance Committee meets initially in March to determine awards, and decisions will be mailed to families before the end of the month.

Applicants who are accepted to Chesapeake Academy after March will be considered for financial assistance 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 Academy before being considered for 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 Bell Tower Fund and various fund raising events. The Academy trustees are committed to maintaining affordable tuition and a strong Financial Assistance Program.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding Financial Assistance at Chesapeake Academy.

Is there a lunch 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 2019. 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.

What extra-curricular activities are available for Chesapeake Academy students?

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, Kids on the Run, tennis, music, drama, tone chimes, student council, instrumental music lessons, area field trips, Inward Bound (an overnight excursion), Blue and White intramural activities, and community service.

How is Chesapeake Academy accredited?

Chesapeake Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

Which independent schools have Chesapeake Academy graduates attended?

(Since 1989):

  • Baylor (1)
  • Chatham Hall (2)
  • Choate Rosemary Hall School (1)
  • Christchurch School (165)
  • Episcopal High School (6)
  • The Madeira School (1)
  • Oldfields School (1)
  • The Peddie School (1)
  • The Phelps School (1)
  • Randolph-Macon Academy (1)
  • St. Andrews School (2)
  • St. Catherine’s School (2)
  • St. Margaret’s School (26)
  • St. Mary’s School (1)
  • Tandem Friends (1)
  • Virginia Episcopal School (4)
  • Woodberry Forest School (19)
  • Woodhall Academy (1)

When does the school day begin and end at Chesapeake Academy?

  • Pre-K 3 & 4, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Pre-K 3 & 4 Flexible Full Day, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Kingergarten through Eighth Grade, 8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.

How do I schedule a visit to Chesapeake Academy?

Please contact the Admission Office at 804-438-5575.