A College Preparatory Private School with Two Campuses in Suffolk, VA. Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12.

Sandra F. Birdsong Center for Academic Excellence

Sandra F. Birdsong Center for Academic Excellence

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 full-time reading specialist. All staff members work collaboratively with administrators, teachers, parents and students to develop a plan for increased student learning.   


Support Services

By offering individualized support, The Center for Academic Excellence prepares and empowers students to pursue a challenging curriculum, a college education and beyond. The following services are offered for qualifying students:
  • Reading Intervention
  • Phonemic Awareness Testing and Intervention
  • Study Skills Classes
  • Academic Liaison Resource
  • Learning Plans



  • Language and motor development provided by private speech language therapists 
  • Occupational Therapy provided by Helping Hands Therapy Services, PLLC
  • Educational Therapy provided by private licensed educational therapists
  • Content area tutoring and Wilson Reading Program provided by private tutors


Referral Process

Students may be referred to the Center for Academic Excellence by the division heads, the director of admissions, counselors or teachers. If your child is struggling academically and a learning difference has been diagnosed or suspected, please contact The Center for Academic Excellence to begin the referral process. 


Meet the Staff

We look forward to working with you and your student to ensure their success at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy!