Message from Head of School

Frances Joyner Chambers, M.Ed Head of School

Frances Joyner Chambers, M.Ed
Head of School

Thank you for your interest in Tidewater Academy.  Our school is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade college preparatory independent school located in Wakefield, Virginia.  Our pre-school program for ages 2 1/2-4 is state licensed, offering before and after school day care, as well as summer care programs.  Grades K-12 are fully accredited by the VAIS, Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

Tidewater Academy has been offering a quality education to area youth since the school was founded in the summer of 1964.  In 1977, Tidewater merged with Surry Academy.  With this merger the upper school campus was located in Wakefield, and the lower school in Dendron.  In the 1990’s a master facilities plan was developed, and beginning in 2003 major remodeling took place at the Wakefield campus to update current facilities.  In 2006, our lower school campus was moved from Dendron to Wakefield with the opening of the new pre-k-5th grade lower school.

Tidewater Academy is a college preparatory institution, located in an agricultural region of south-central Virginia.  More than 90% of our students graduate and attend four-year colleges and universities.  We also pride ourselves in our dedication to excellence in education and small class size, where each child is a name and not a number.  We also offer many athletic programs for students at the junior, junior varsity, and varsity level, competing in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference.  Tidewater Academy athletes have most recently brought home state championships in boy’s basketball, softball, and baseball.

Our school has been educating students from the following communities and cities:  Sussex, Surry, Southampton, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg.  Transportation is also available from each of these communities for a fee.

On behalf of the faculty and students of TA, I would like to thank you for your interest in our fine school.  We look forward to welcoming you to our school community as our newest Warrior addition.

Frances Joyner Chambers, M.Ed.
Head of School