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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.

District Announcement

ADL Announcements

  • Beginning April 7th, the Main Office will be open by appointment only from 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments can only be made by email.  Please email the Principal, Mr. Smigiel at with your time request and the reason for the appointment. 


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  • [Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year is Closed - All grade levels are full.  Only students transferring from an authorized IB MYP School for grades 6-8 may inquire about enrollment]

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Contact Information

  • IB MYP

    Fully Authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

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    Darden College of Education & Professional Studies Partnership School

    Purple Star

    2019 Virginia Department of Education Purple Star Award

    Mr. Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr., Principal
    Ms. Shenay Lewis Smith, 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 2:20pm daily.

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

    COVID-19 Office Hours
    Tuesdays and Thursdays (Starting April 7, 2020)
    By Appointment Only

    Summer Office Hours:
    June 17, 2019 - August 16, 2019

    Monday - Thursday
    8:00AM - 3:00PM
    Closed July 4, 2019

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

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