• 2020-2021 Enrollment Information

    [All grade levels are closed for the 2020-2021 School Year.  Please visit this web site for updates on enrollment during the 2021-2022 ]

    Academy for Discovery at Lakewood (ADL), is a citywide lottery-based specialty school that serves Norfolk students in grades 3 through 8. The school specializes in Project-Based Learning (Grades 3-5) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-8).  ADL is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme school.  ADL is not a charter school and is designated as a Virginia Public School.  Students are required to take the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments in grades 3-8. All students who enter ADL are in a specialty program. 

    Students are enrolled through an application and lottery-based system.  The lottery is non-academic based.  ADL is not an open enrollment school - meaning we do not have a zoned boundary and we cannot take transfer requests from other schools unless the student is currently attending a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme School or the students has applied and accepted through the lottery process.  Students must be in good standing for academics, discipline, and attendance to qualify. In good standing academically means the student must meet promotion requirements to enter the grade level in which they are applying and must stay on grade level in order to remain at ADL.  

    Since ADL does not have a school zone or boundaries, it has a capped enrollment at each grade level. The main entry points into the school are grades 3 and 6.  Students enrolled at ADL stay through to 8th grade as long as they meet the tenants of the Eagle Compact and remain on grade level.  For this reason, there are generally no openings for grades 4, 5, 7, & 8.  Students from other Norfolk Middle School Specialty programs cannot request to transfer to ADL.  

    Academy for Discovery at Lakewood has specific guidelines for enrollment which is outlined below for each grade level.

    *All dates listed below are subject to change due to weather conditions or other unforeseen factors.


    3rd Grade (PBL/Pre-IB)                  INFORMATION NIGHT DATE: January 15, 2020, 6:00pm (Doors open 5:30pm)    

    Available Seats:  0                     Applications Received This Year:  139

    Any rising 3rd grader for the 2020-2021 school year may apply for 3rd grade.  Private school and home school applicants are welcome.

    Application Link:  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year have closed

    ADL Information Night:  January 15, 2020, 6:00pm

    Applications due to Academy for Discovery at Lakewood:  January 23, 2020 - 3:00pm (Late Applications are Not Accepted)

    Lottery Being Held the Week of February 17, 2020 

    Letters mailed no later than March 20, 2020

    Mandatory Commitment Night:  TBD


    4th Grade (PBL/Pre-IB)                                                  INFORMATION NIGHT:  NONE                                    Available Seats:  0               

    Any student who applied for 3rd grade for the 2019-2020 school year, who was not accepted, continued on ADL's waitlist in the same order that was stated in the waitlist letter received during that process.  Students will be pulled from this list in order of the original waitlist to fill any open seats minus a percentage of seats for non-NPS students (see below).    

    Applications for any open 4th-grade seats will be released during the last week of April 2020 and will be posted in this section once available.

    At this time current NPS students who did not apply during the 2019-2020 school year for 3rd grade cannot apply for 4th grade, unless the student was an NPS student or military transfer after February 1, 2019 and missed the initial application process, however this does not guarantee enrollment.  These students still must meet the conditions as outlined in the application.  If for some reason the original waitlist is exhausted, an application for any student, including current NPS students will be opened. 

    Application Link:  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year have closed

    Applications due to Academy for Discovery at Lakewood:  5/15/20 - 3:00pm   

    Lottery Being Held Conducted before:  June 1, 2020

    Letters mailed no later than June 25, 2020

    Mandatory Commitment Night:  TBD


    5th Grade (PBL/Pre-IB)                                                 INFORMATION NIGHT:  NONE                                    Available Seats:  0

                                                           Applications Received:  na

    Any rising 5th grader for the 2020-2021 school year may apply for 5th grade.  

    Application Link:  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year have closed

    Applications due to Academy for Discovery at Lakewood:  5/15/20 - 3:00pm   

    Lottery Being Held Conducted before:  June 25, 2020

    Letters mailed no later than June 5, 2020

    Mandatory Commitment Night:  TBD


    6th Grade (IB MYP)            MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOWCASE NIGHT: October 23, 2019 (Norview High School)

    INFORMATION NIGHT DATE: January 8, 2020,  6:00pm (Doors open 5:30pm)               Available Seats:  0

    Applications for 6th grade will be released on the evening of October 23, 2019.  ADL's 6th-grade application is part of the Norfolk Public School's 6th Grade Specialty Program Application.  The link to the application is posted below.

    Application Link:  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year have closed

    Important Dates:  Middle School Specialty Showcase Night (Norview High School), October 23, 2019, 6:00pm 

    ADL Information Night:  January 8, 2020, 6:00pm

    Applications due to student's current school counselor:  January 23, 2020 (Late applications are not accepted)

    Lottery Being Held on March 26, 2020

    Letters mailed no later than April 27, 2020

    Mandatory Commitment Night:  TBD


    7th Grade (IB MYP)                                                          OPEN HOUSE DATES:  NONE                                     Available Seats:  0

    Any incoming 7th grader transferring from an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme should email ADLQuestions@nps.k12.va.us, with a letter from the school verifying IB MYP status as well as any transcripts for the student.  This will be reviewed by the principal for final admittance.  

    Any student who applied for 6th grade for the 2018-2019 school year, who was not accepted to another NPS Specialty Program, continued on ADL's waitlist in the same order that was stated in the waitlist letter received during that process.  Students will be pulled from this list in order of the original waitlist to fill any open seats minus a percentage of seats for non-NPS students (see below).    

    Applications for any open 7th-grade seats will be released during the last week of April 2020 and will be posted in this section once available.

    Current NPS students who did not apply during the 2019-2020 school year for 6th grade cannot apply for 7th grade, unless the student was an NPS student or military transfer after February 1, 2019 and missed the initial application process.  These students still must meet the conditions as outlined in the application.

    Any non-NPS students may submit an application after reviewing the qualifications in the application.  A percentage (TBD) of open 7th-grade seats are reserved for military transfers or non-NPS student applicants.

    Application Link:  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year have closed

    Applications due to Academy for Discovery at Lakewood:  5/15/20 - 3:00pm   

    Lottery Being Held Conducted before:  June 1, 2020

    Letters mailed no later than June 5, 2020

    Mandatory Commitment Night:  TBD


    8th Grade (IB MYP)                                                          OPEN HOUSE DATES:  NONE                                    Available Seats:  Please email ADLQuestions@nps.k12.va.us

    Because of the academic rigor of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, ADL generally does not take new 8th graders unless a student is transferring from an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or a non-NPS program or school which can demonstrate the requirements of meeting the academic rigor of the IB MYP.  Please email ADLQuestions@nps.k12.va.us, with a letter from the school verifying IB MYP status or to inquire about any 8th-grade openings.  You may be asked to provide further documentation as well as any transcripts for the student.  This will be reviewed by the principal for final admittance. 


    Lottery Process:  The lottery is conducted using an online random generator.  Once all applicants have been qualified, they are entered alphabetically.  The names of qualified applicants are entered into the random generator and within seconds the names are randomly ranked from 1 to however many applicants were entered.  Each name is then placed in order on a spreadsheet to show the ranking of the student for the lottery selection.  The lottery is conducted by central administration representatives.  The process is witnessed by multiple participants and videotaped in order to certify the integrity of the process.

    Parents are reminded that selection is through a lottery and not a merit-based selection process like other specialty programs in the city.  Because of the number of applications, ADL receives, and the limited seats available, there are many students who do not get selected.  It is always difficult for ADL staff to have to notify parents and students that their name was not pulled in the lottery.  There are so many students who want to enjoy the offerings of ADL, however, it is important for parents to prepare their students for the possibility of not getting selected.   

    Parents are also encouraged to make sure ADL is the right fit for their student before applying.  Some parents may find the rigorous approach of the IB MYP to be difficult for their student. You can find additional information about the IB MYB by clicking HERE.


    ADL does not take tour requests.  During the application process window, ADL holds open houses and information sessions.  In addition, once students are accepted, they will attend a commitment/information events with their parent.  Students who are looking to make a decision between two programs may request to shadow an ADL student during the day.  Shadowing will only be conducted before the commitment night and must be requested via email at ADLQuestions@nps.k12.va.us.

    The information on this page is subject to changes in policy by NPS Administration.