Inclusivity and Multiculturalism

Students holding hands at an assembly
At NSA, students are engaged in their personal growth, inspired to discover their passions and empowered to make a difference in the world using their diverse backgrounds, knowledge and experiences.

We aspire to be a school community that values and practices the tenets of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice for all as well as one that practices the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice. Our community is on a journey to grow and learn together to create a sense of belonging for all.

Our community is on a journey to grow and learn together to create a sense of belonging for all.

Inclusivity and Multiculturalism in Action

Pre-K4 students pose for photo after Eid al-Fitr lesson

For Muslims around the world, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. The Shehata family spoke with our pre-K4 students about how they celebrate Eid with their loved ones. During Eid, families share a meal together, enjoy sweets and show kindness to one another. Students also learned that Eid is celebrated when the moon is a crescent shape, so they painted and decorated wooden cutouts shaped like crescent moons, stars and lanterns.

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Student learns about Australian Aboriginal art

Kindergarten and first grade students spent time learning about the Aboriginal people as part of their unit on Australia! The Australian Aboriginal people have such a rich culture, which includes a special type of art they make by using dots. Australian animals and other symbols are covered in dots that tell stories. Students enjoyed trying out the technique and making their own dot art.

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Sixth graders play board game centered around immigration unit

Sixth grade history students channeled their creativity to showcase everything they learned during their unit on immigration. They designed board games, made paintings, wrote fictional journal entries, put together scrapbooks and more to reflect the three phases of immigration they learned about in class: leaving the homeland, traveling to America and assimilation.

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Sister Cities International: 2022 Theme, Generation Rescue Sustainable Water For All

On February 3, Suffolk Sister Cities International hosted the opening reception for the 33rd Annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Each year, the showcase encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork and literature.

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Real Talk: HBCU Edition

The College Board is hosting an event, "Real Talk: HBCU Edition," on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. for students who are considering a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) but aren't sure which one is right for them.

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Fifth grade students create iconic symbol of Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. Fifth grade students learned more about this holiday in art and worked on creating their very own sugar skulls.

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Rising Junior Selected for Youth Leadership Summit

After a competitive application process, Cliff Thomas ’23 was one of 50 students selected to participate in the Sister Cities International (SCI) Youth Leadership Summit. The annual conference brings together youth from around the world, providing them with opportunities to develop leadership skills while exploring and addressing global issues.

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Did You Know?


of NSA's students are students of color


NSA has nearly doubled students of color in the last decade


The Board of Trustees has quadrupled the number of trustees of color over the last decade


NSA's tuition assistance budget has more than doubled in size over the past 10 years


Tuition assistance awarded for the 2023–2024 school year to make an NSA education more accessible to a wider range of families of all backgrounds


The average need-based tuition assistance award in 2023-2024. Awards range from $500 to over $10,000 and do not have to be repaid.

Support Inclusivity and Multiculturalism at NSA

NSA received an anonymous gift of $100,000 to establish a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Endowment Fund. Please click on the link below to make an online donation. On the giving form, please select Annual Fund and check the box for inclusivity and multiculturalism. We greatly appreciate your support and your commitment to inclusivity and multiculturalism at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy!

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Meet Our Inclusivity and Multiculturalism Team

Our inclusivity and multiculturalism team is composed of members of the faculty, staff and administration who represent diverse genders, religions, races, sexual orientations and identities as well as cultural and ethnic backgrounds in an effort to be representative of our entire student body.