Ware Academy Admissions Open for 2014-2015 School Year

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Financial aid, scholarships and referral credits available.

Located one mile from Main Street in Gloucester’s historic Courthouse district, Ware Academy is a Pre-K through 8th Grade independent school.

As soon as students start in our primary school, we emphasize the importance of community so that by the time our eighth graders leave us, they have a genuine desire not only to learn, but to also give back.

Ware Academy is pleased to announce open enrollment season for the 2014-2015 school year.

Founded in 1949 and located just one mile from Gloucester, Va.’s historic courthouse district, Ware Academy offers education for 3-year-olds enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten studies through eighth grade.

“We are proud to be part of this community and honored each time a student and their family chooses Ware Academy,” said Thomas. L. Thomas, III, Ware Academy’s Head of School. “As soon as students start in our primary school, we emphasize the importance of community so that by the time our eighth graders leave us, they have a genuine desire not only to learn, but to also give back.”

Interested in learning more about Ware Academy? Start the application process by visiting Ware Academy online at http://www.wareacademy.org, call the independent school at 804.693.3825 or email Ginger James, Director of Admissions, at gjames(at)wareacademy(dot)org.

“I encourage parents to schedule a visit and take a tour of the school and see our incredible academic and enrichment programs,” James said. “We can also set up a meeting with our Head of School, any teacher you’d like to learn more from or just watch the children in action.”

Prospective parents are encouraged to come tour the campus even through the summer months.

“The academic program is rigorous,” James said. “In addition to a core curriculum of language arts, math, science, social studies and foreign language, students are exposed to the fine and performing arts, technology, library science, interscholastic athletic competition, and individual sports.”

Can’t visit? Ware Academy will mail prospective families a full application packet.

The admission application includes an application form, $75 non-refundable application fee, copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and a completed parent questionnaire form.

For students transferring in from other schools, Ware Academy requires a transcript mailed directly from the student’s current school and a teacher recommendation.

Students applying to kindergarten through eighth grade will be assessed in math, writing and reading and receive appropriate academic placement.

“Every effort is made to ensure that Ware Academy and the student are well matched and that the applicant will have a successful experience as a Ware Wave,” Thomas said.

Financial aid is also available.

Ware Academy is currently offering four scholarships to students – two rising sixth graders and two rising fifth graders – for the 2014-2015 school year. Both grade levels will receive a full tuition and a half tuition scholarship to qualifying candidates.

Applications for the scholarships are due March 14. To apply, applicants must go through the normal admissions process and meet a variety of criteria, including possess a B+ or higher GPA from the last educational institution they attended, submit three personal references from non-family members and be involved in extra-curricular and community activities.

Current parents who refer a new family to Ware Academy can earn credit toward their tuition.

For more information, visit http://www.wareacademy.org/admissions. To learn more about the community of Ware Academy and its families, visit http://www.facebook.com/WareAcademy.


Located one mile from Main Street in Gloucester’s historic Courthouse district on a 19-acre campus, Ware Academy is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through eighth grade. Ware Academy empowers each student to achieve academic excellence, emphasizing the development of mind, body and character. The primary objectives are to educate the whole child to his fullest potential and for students to acquire a respect and a desire for learning in order to develop into independent, life long learners in preparation for productive and fulfilled lives.

Founded in 1949, Ware Academy is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-sectarian school promoting ethnic and racial diversity. Ware Academy selects students on the basis of academic potential and developmental readiness without regard to race, color, creed, or ethnic origin.

Ware Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Education Records Bureau and the Secondary School Admissions Test Board. Ware Academy is also a member of the National Middle School Association, the National Junior Honor Society and the Association of Supervision in Curriculum Development.

Keep in touch with Ware Academy online at http://www.wareacademy.org, on Facebook at /WareAcademy and on Twitter @WareAcademy1.

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