Our goal at Nansemond Suffolk Academy is to ensure the success of all students in a challenging environment. The Sandra F. Birdsong Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), funded by the TowneBank Foundation, is designed to lessen the gap between a student’s achievement and ability level through explicit, responsive teaching and targeted research-based interventions.
The center provides supplemental learning support for Pre K- 12 students to maximize each student’s capacity to learn. The center also provides professional development opportunities to faculty and staff to further their understanding of learning differences and differentiated instruction, which includes utilizing student’s strengths, learning styles, and interest to provide the appropriate level of challenge for each student. The CAE operates under the leadership of the Director of Academic Affairs as well as two instructors and one part-time reading specialist. All staff members work collaboratively with administrators, teachers, parents and students to develop a plan for increased student learning.