Middleburg Academy inspires students to excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics. We are a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni dedicated to lifelong learning, service to others, personal growth, and the success of each student. Our school strives to develop young men and women of moral integrity who will be responsible leaders and citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.
Middleburg Academy interprets “college preparation” in the broadest sense: we prepare our students for the academic demands of higher education, but we also help each to develop his or her own moral compass in preparation for increased independence at college.
This genuine emphasis on developing the whole person – head and heart, intellect and character – is deeply embedded in our rich and varied past. The philosophy was established in 1965, when Notre Dame Academy was founded as a Catholic boarding school for girls; it was there in the 1990s, as we evolved into a coeducational Catholic day school; and it continues to guide a non-sectarian extraordinary independent school - welcome to Middleburg Academy.
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. It adds a creative, human and aesthetic component in what people know as STEM. STEAM is also a verb, it is all about action in learning. The essence of STEAM at Middleburg Academy is an attitude and an atmosphere that provokes and serves each student’s curiosity. We live in an integrated world and problems are more functionally intertwined than ever before. We want to prepare Middleburg Academy graduates for this complex challenging world. The future leaders will be those graduates who acquire the skills we are developing in our STEAM Curriculum. Creative and collaborative thinkers that are driven to develop the best solution within the present constraints.
Our Classical Education curriculum includes the Humane Letters Program, complementary English and history courses that deepen students’ understanding of the major tenets of Western thought and tradition, from ancient authors and events to the formation and future of our nation and society. Primary source documents play an integral role in creating whole-picture comprehension of times, people, and places. We also ascertain that our graduates have an overview of the “great books”, an emphasis on the notable authors whose works have influenced our civilization and in light of which many other texts are often understood: Chaucer, Hemingway, Homer, Martin Luther King, Shakespeare, Twain, and more. We are proud that our graduates use logic, reasoning, and rhetoric to develop and present their ideas across all fields, something that is well-supplemented by our Harkness-style discussion tables.