School Details

Hampton Roads Academy

739 Academy Ln, Newport News, VA 23602
(757) 884-9152

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 640 students 10 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Hampton Roads Academy is a private high school in Newport News. 640 children attend Hampton Roads Academy and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Hampton Roads Academy is 10:1. Peninsula Catholic High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 81% %
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
Hispanic 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I have three children at HRA. One in each level LS MS and US. There is continuity through all the grades and the teachers really get to know each kid's personality which allow them to steer them in areas of interest to the child. While the tuition is expensive we feel that it has been worth it to see our children develop academically socially and exceed our expectations. They really challenge the kids to excel. Worth a look.

  • (1 year ago)

    HRA is a fantastic school. I have enrolled two children this year and have found the staff friendly supportive and eager to facilitate my children's successful integration into the school. The academic standards are high and set an excellent expectation for achievement. In addition the staff also care about each child as an individual and celebrate students' nonacademic strengths and talents. I am extremely pleased with the decision for my children to attend HRA. Please visit take a tour and meet the staff. You will be impressed.

  • (1 year ago)

    I recently moved my youngest child to HRA after having two children graduate from another private school. I cannot say enough good things about the school. The teachers are accessible and engaged. I feel that my child is receiving an education that is worth every penny of the tuition. The althletic and arts programs are outstanding celebrating all students for their special talents. The students and their parents have been extremely friendly to our familiy making us feel welcome. We are very happy we made the move.

  • (1 year ago)

    I could not disagree more with the review below about lack of diversity. A critical reason we chose HRA was becasue of the diversity and the great openness and discussions about all types of cultures. Plenty of Asians - 28 new this year in a resdiential apartment setting in additon to the local families and exchange students plenty of African Americans Hispanics Jews Christians Muslims etc. You need to walk in and take a tour. The school is certainly not predominately one race nor is a rich snobby school. It is a well balanced placed for learners!

  • (1 year ago)

    My child attended this school for middle school. The teachers are enthusiastic and the students seem happy to be there. The challenge that this school has is bullying and entitlement issues among children and the lack of experience that younger teachers have in employing different learning styles with students. Much of the actual learning takes place at home due to the fact that much of class time is spent on "enriching" activities such as movies comic books computer media field trips elaborate projects and discussion. Heard from many parents who are highly educated that their students are getting "C"s and "D's" . Not enough African American Asian or Hispanic students relative to the community. Racist remarks were frequent among students behind closed doors. Community environment was stuffy hard to crack. Music program is tiny and loosely organized but the drama is phenomenal.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended since middle school (6th grade) and is about to graduate. The academic work is challenging (in a good way) the activities are numerous and diverse and the kids are great (they have an honor code and students don't use locks on their lockers) and the teachers smart and supportive. Also the counselor has been wonderful during the college search.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child has been attending HRA from K and we are just thrilled with the school. My daughter looks forward to going to school every day the teachers are caring and the academics are superb. Class sizes are small with about 15 kids in each class in the lower grades.

  • (5 years ago)

    I switched my 3rd grader to this school this fall and have been overlly impressed with the quality of the education leadership and community service spirit. The principal is outstanding and is available and visible at all times the environment is challenging yet developmentally appropriate. The parent involvement is great and very welcoming to new parents. A great choice worth every penny.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children have been there since kindergarten and the education is exceptional. The staff and faculty are top notch. worth every penny

  • (7 years ago)

    I cannot speak highly enough of Hampton Roads as college preparatory school. I am currently attending an Ivy League Institution and it has been clear from the beginning that I am among the most prepared for the work load. The educational foundation that the small class sizes and engaging teachers provided has made the transition to a college atmosphere significantly easier.

  • (8 years ago)

    When you go there there's a few things to complain about. Sometimes things might be considered overly strict. And most of the time as a student you'll complain a lot because your other friends won't have as much work and they'll be having more fun in their lives... but once you graduate you understand. It was all worth it. I was there from grades 6 to 12 and looking back I wouldn't have done anything differently. If I find myself back on the peninsula when I'm older that will be where my children end up too. Really there are no better alternatives in the area.

  • (8 years ago)

    that school is great it has really good education system

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