Tidewater Academy’s Upper School is comprised of grades 9-12. The academic curriculum of the Upper School is designed to be rigorous and to prepare students for college. Upper school faculty members are caring and dedicated, and design coursework to stimulate, challenge, and engage students. Classes are small, allowing faculty to provide individualized attention. Field trips, guest speakers, special assemblies, and independent studies extend education beyond the classroom.
Upper School students meet challenging requirements in the traditional disciplines of English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, History, and Social Studies. The Mathematics Department offers courses in Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus. The Science Department offers courses in Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry. The History & Social Studies Department offers courses in World Geography, World History, Early & Late U.S. History, and U.S. and Virginia Government. Students also enjoy extracurricular classes such as Speech, Art, Yearbook, Financial Literacy, Driver’s Education, and Weight Lifting. Several Advanced Placement courses are offered to Upper School students to prepare them to take the Advanced Placement exams. Tidewater provides AP English, AP Literature, AP Biology, AP Government, AP U.S. History, and AP Calculus.
Extracurricular activities and opportunities abound at the Upper School. Students meeting certain eligibility requirements may be selected and inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Tidewater highly encourages students to participate in athletics. The school offers basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, softball, and cheerleading. Student Government Association, Scholastic Bowl, Forensics, Art Competitions, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are additional opportunities for students to further develop their academic and artistic acumen, leadership and public speaking skills, as well as participate in community service. Students may also be selected to attend Presidential Classroom, Girls & Boys State, and HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation) conferences.
2016-17 Class Officers
President – Whitney Haywood, VP – Ben Bryant, Sec/Treasurer – Zackary Godfrey
President – Jake Boze, VP – Levin Urquhart, Sec/Treasurer – Cameron Parham
President – Michael Mauro, VP – Maddy Olson, Sec/Treasurer – Trinity Newby
President – Dylan Hanzlik, VP – Lauren Vaughan, Sec/Treasurer – Cheyenne Murphy