Isle of Wight Academy’s curriculum is college preparatory. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 22 or 24 credits to receive their General Studies or Advanced Studies Diploma. Extracurricular activities include multiple selections in the visual and performing arts; JJV, JV and Varsity sports; special interest clubs; and opportunities for developing leadership skills through organizations such as student government, community service, and school publications.


Grading Scale

A: 93-100

B: 85-92

C: 77-84

D: 70-76

F: 69 and below


All A’s – Headmaster’s List

All A’s & B’s – Honor Roll

Typically, 40% of students earn Honor Roll or higher each quarter

Class Rank

Isle of Wight Academy computes class rank using the weighted and unweighted courses a student takes from his or her ninth grade year to his or her senior year. A student must be a full-time IWA student for two full semesters before he or she is given a class rank. Transfer grades are not calculated in a student’s GPA.

Advanced Placement Courses

Isle of Wight Academy currently offers 2 Advanced Placement courses: AP Government and Politics (12th grade) and AP English Literature (12th grade).
These courses are weighted in figuring a student’s GPA, on the following scale: A – 5.0 , B – 4.0, C – 3.0, D – 2.0, F – 0.0.

If a student desires to take an AP test that is not offered as a class, it may be scheduled at the beginning of the year with the Guidance Counselor.

Dual Credit Courses

Isle of Wight Academy is pleased and proud to partner with Paul D. Camp Community College and Richard Bland College in order to provide dual credit courses to its students. These classes allow students to earn both their high school and college credits at one time. Taught by certified community college instructors as an introductory college course, IWA offers the following dual credit courses at present: US History (6 credits), Biology (8 credits), Computer Applications (6 credits), French IV ( 8 credits), Spanish IV (8 credits), Oceanography (8 credits), Economics (6 credits).

College Placement

Isle of Wight Academy students are traditionally accepted into the college of their choice, with many attending some of the finest institutions across the country. Some of the recent institutions attended by IWA graduates include the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, the University of Mary Washington, Longwood University, University of Delaware, North Carolina State University, Christopher Newport University, Bridgewater College, Belmont University, and many, many others. Each year, IWA students are awarded scholarships, with many students attending the institution of his or her choice on a full scholarship



Welcome Prospective Parents!


We hope that you have enjoyed viewing this website and learning about the wonderful opportunities available for your child at Isle of Wight Academy. If you would like to contact Joseph Whitley, Director of Admissions, and receive any further information on Isle of Wight Academy, including enrollment information for the upcoming school year,
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Why Choose IWA?

Academically Challenging:
Academics thrive at Isle of Wight Academy. IWA is blessed with one of the most gifted and caring faculties in the area. At IWA, teachers, thanks to the small teacher-student ratio, get to know their students very well and watch with great interest as they mature academically through the years. IWA administers achievement tests every spring, with IWA students stanines clustering in the low to mid seventies compared to the forties of area schools. Nearly 100 percent of Academy graduates have gone on to top colleges and universities of their choice. Students at IWA also have the added opportunity of earning approximately 50 college credits while still in high school, thanks to dual credit and Advanced Placement offerings in history, science, foreign language, art, and English beginning in the 11th grade. Every grading period, nearly 40 percent of all IWA students make the Honor Roll and the Headmaster’s List for their high academic achievement. Vigorous academics and a caring staff help IWA graduates succeed in whatever field they wish to pursue.


Charger Traditions:
Tradition permeates every aspect of life at Isle of Wight Academy. With over 30 years of tradition, IWA has a host of ceremonies and traditions that make each year special for its students, including first day assemblies, Harvest Festival, Ring Dance, Grandparent’s Day, Colonial Day, Junior-Senior Prom, End of the Year Awards Assembly, weekly student body meetings, Class Day, and Commencement. All of these traditions help bind the IWA community together and bring past, present, and future generations of Chargers together.

Extracurricular Opportunities:
For most IWA students, school involvement does not end when the last bell rings. The vast majority of IWA students participate in the many before and after school clubs and organizations sponsored by the Academy. Many groups, such as the Envirothon team and Scholastic Bowl team, go on to compete on the state and national level. Clubs such as the Drama Club, Spanish Club, and Key Club provide after school activities for the students. Organizations, including the SCO and National Honor Societies, provide invaluable services for both the school and the community. At IWA, every student has ample opportunity to become involved in school life.

Athletically Competitive:
Many opponents are quite surprised when they leave Isle of Wight Academy empty handed after an athletic contests. For a school of its size, IWA offers an athletic program second to none, with many teams going on to win conference and state titles. The Mighty Chargers have won numerous conference titles and have taken home the state title in football, baseball, and softball. IWA is a full member of the Metropolitan Athletic Conference, which is composed of large private schools from the Tidewater area that offers ample opportunity for competition. The Academy fields teams in football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, golf, baseball, softball, and co-ed soccer. Students may compete interscholastically in football beginning in the 6th grade and the 7th grade for all other sports. An intramural athletic program is also offered for Lower School Students. This program includes Saturday Morning Basketball and the IWA Majorettes.

A Sense of Community:
At Isle of Wight Academy, community is very important. Because IWA is a school of approximately 750 students, students, parents, staff, and alumni all come together to form a family that gives both the students and the school as a whole a sense of purpose and inclusiveness. New parents are often surprised at the warm reception they receive. It is not uncommon to see alumni continuing their service to the school as teachers, coaches, and volunteers. Isle of Wight Academy is a place where friendships are made that last a lifetime.

Campus Life

Student Life

Isle of Wight Academy offers a full range of activities for its students. In the Lower School, students may participate in the junior student council, forensics, the lower school newspaper, Science Club, and many other activities. In the Upper School, students may choose to participate in a wide array of activities, including the following clubs and organizations:

  • Science Club
  • Spanish Club
  • French Club
  • Envirothon Team
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Battle of the Brains
  • Forensics
  • Co-Ed Hi-Y Club
  • National Honor Society
  • History Club
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drama Club
  • Campus Club
  • School Newspaper
  • Yearbook



Isle of Wight Academy offers a full athletic program. The IWA Chargers can routinely be found at the forefront of any athletic competition with many students going on to further competition on the collegiate level.
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Sports offered at IWA


  • JV and Varsity Football
  • JV and Varsity Cheerleading
  • JJV, JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball
  • Cross Country



  • JJV, JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
  • JJV, JV and Varsity Girls Basketball
  • JJV, JV and Varsity Cheering (Competition Squad)



  • JJV, JV and Varsity Baseball
  • JV and Varsity Softball
  • Varsity Golf
  • Co-ed Soccer


Metro Athletic Conference
Member Schools

Isle of Wight Academy, Broadwater Academy, Atlantic Shores Christian School, Portsmouth Christian School, Stonebridge School, Alliance Christain Academy, Denbigh Baptist Christian School, Williamsburg Christian Academy and Hampton Christian Academy

Virginia Colonial Conference (VCC)
Member Schools

Isle of Wight Academy, Amelia Academy, Christchurch School, Brunswick Academy, Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot School, Fugua School, Kenston Forest School, Richmond Christian School, Southhampton Academy, Steward School and Tidewater Academy

Support IWA

As we prepare for the future, your gift to IWA allows us to continue our mission of being “A Family Inspiring Excellence.” Isle of Wight Academy will strive to remain a place where character and academics are focused upon for generations to come


Building for the Future” includes:

  1. Construction of an Early Learning Center that will enable us to move our Pre-School from temporary to permanent housing. Target date for completion of this building is the fall of 2014
    Renovation of the “Old Gym’s” exterior and entrances
  2. Landscaping that will aesthetically and physically tie all of our buildings together
  3. Isle of Wight Academy has recently embarked on a $1.2 million capital campaign that we like to call “Building For The Future.”

Below are the architectural renderings of the Early Learning Center and the “Old Gym”.


Welcome Alumni

Welcome IWA Alumni!
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Alumnus of the Year!

Do you know a deserving individual who continues to give back to IWA even after graduation? Send your nomination to Mary-Margaret Wells: Please include the nominee’s name, year they graduated and why you think this individual should be alumnus of the year!!!

Giving to IWA

Donations may be made directly to Isle of Wight Academy. Please call the school the school to see how to best to direct your donation: (757) 357-3866.

Mailing address:

Isle of Wight Academy
P.O. Box 105
Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397

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