• Once applications are submitted to ADL, in order for the application to be submitted to the ADL lottery, they must meet the Norfolk Public Schools specialty programs academic, attendance, and behavioral requirements. Please carefully review  the NPS Elementary/Middle School Application Instructions. Below is a snapshot of the general requirements. Full application instructions are in the links below:

    * ADL accepts rising 3rd and 6th graders

    NPS Elementary/Middle School Application Instructions

    Elementary/Middle School Application

    NPS Specialty Program Webpage


    Academy for Discovery at Lakewood Specialty Program applications that meet all requirements will move forward in the lottery process. There are two lotteries conducted in the process: a sibling lottery and the general lottery. The first lottery consists only of students identified as having a sibling already attending ADL. The general lottery consists of all applicants that meet the program requirements of ADL. This process uses an online random selection process. There are many students who wish to enjoy the unique offerings of ADL, however, due to the number of applications, and the limited number of open seats, students not selected will automatically be wait listed and parents will be notified if seats become available.


     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 students. You can find additional information about the IB MYB by clicking HERE.

    ADL does not take tour requests. Accepted students will have an orientation scheduled in the summer.


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