- Head of Upper School
Exploring Passions at NSA and Beyond
In the Upper School, students are inspired to pursue their passions and are challenged to reach their potential.
With guidance from the faculty, administration and college counselors, Upper School students have the freedom to chart their own courses of study to serve their interests and academic goals. Numerous AP, honors and college preparatory courses are offered to ensure that students are appropriately challenged and engaged throughout their Upper School years.
Our son could not have been more prepared for his first year of college thanks to the collective efforts of the NSA family. I can never say enough how grateful we are for the solid foundation on which he is building the skills for what lies ahead in his college and professional career; we’re champions for NSA whenever and wherever we can be!Parent of NSA Alumnus
Students are not only known, they are known as individuals throughout their upper school years. A faculty member serves as a mentor for all four years and works with each student to develop strategies to encourage academic success and streamline communication from school to home.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Students have the unique opportunity to explore their interests in STEM careers through Project Lead the Way’s biomedical science courses, which are infused in the science curriculum. Students engage in compelling, hands-on activities that allow them to step into the roles of medical investigators, geneticists or biomedical engineers and work with the same tools used in hospitals and labs.
Your Personal Advocate
Our college counselors spend a great deal of time getting to know each student. They also build relationships with college admissions representatives by welcoming them on campus, introducing them to students and learning more about what makes students the “right fit.” These strong connections allow for our counselors to advocate for each student’s admission. Partnering so closely with our students and their families leads to outstanding outcomes for our students.
A Place for Creativity and Innovation
The STEM Innovation Lab includes an impressive list of tools and equipment, from automated machine tools to 3D printers and laser cutters. It is a place where doing is what matters, where trial and failure teach grit, determination and eventually success. Students get the chance to solve real-world problems while learning to invent and inventing to learn.
The student internship program is a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable knowledge and leadership skills through experiential education. In May, juniors participate in a three-day off campus internship in a career of interest, which is followed by a day of reflection and presentation to the NSA community about their experience. Internships are also available on campus, which provide students with foundational training through guided projects, mentoring and evaluations. On-campus internships are graded as pass-fail, and students receive one credit toward graduation in this yearlong elective.
I absolutely love this opportunity that NSA offers. The class is a very fun environment. It’s a place where I can express my creative ideas. I go into that class every day excited to work on a new project. I have learned a lot so far, and I’ve even grown in ways I couldn’t have even imagined. I recommend an internship to students who are ready to step outside of their comfort zone.Braedon McCauley, Class of 2021
Learn more about the Upper School at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy!
National Merit Scholars in the last five years
of students scored a three or higher on AP exams in 2020
AP courses and 19 honors courses to appropriately challenge students
Leadership organizations and clubs
On-campus internship opportunities to further explore passions
We look forward to working with you and helping your student achieve their educational goals!