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  • Mission and Philosophy Statement

    In partnership with students, families, and community, the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood will inspire in its students a lifelong passion for learning in a global society. With a commitment to academic excellence and personal integrity, students will demonstrate independent and reflective thinking, creativity, as well as a sense of social responsibility and intercultural understanding.

    We believe in…

    (E)xceptional teaching practices that enhance the experiences of our students. Professional learning communities support student growth by evaluating curriculum and unique instructional strategies.

    (A)cademic excellence for all students. Students’ engagement with inquiry-based learning gives them the freedom to take risks in a nurturing environment.

    (G)lobal awareness and understanding, to promote and prepare students for real world problem solving.

    (L)earning environments that promote leadership, resilience, self-discovery, team building, and personal growth.

    (E)xpectations that foster compassion, respect, fairness, responsibility, and ethical behavior. These attributes are the foundation for building character in all students.

    (S)upportive relationships between staff, families, and community stakeholders. These relationships encourage civic-minded attitudes and an appreciation for diversity.

  • IB MYP

    Mr. Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr., Principal
    Ms. V. Tanaia Hines, Assistant Principal
    1701 Alsace Avenue
    Norfolk, Virginia 23509

    For inquiries, general questions or to contact the school, please email:

    For transportation or pick-up changes/requests please email All requests must be made by 2:30pm daily.

    Phone: (757) 628-2477
    Fax: (757) 628-2486

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    7:45AM - 3:30PM

    Student Hours:
    8:15AM - 2:45PM