Welcome to Ware!

Ware Academy’s primary objective is to educate the whole child to his or her fullest potential, allowing students to acquire a respect and a desire for learning.  When my husband and I were looking for a school for our son, we chose Ware Academy because of this philosophy, its strong academic reputation and a close familial atmosphere.  We wanted our son to be a member of this healthy learning environment. Our son, Hill, attended Ware Academy as a four year old until he graduated from the eighth grade.  Not only did Hill receive an exemplary education, but he also received the skills necessary to be a positive and successful member of any community.  When he left Ware he possessed a strong sense of self, and today he continues to be a confident young man.  Hill attended Woodberry Forest for high school and is now a senior at the University of Richmond, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.  My husband and I attribute his success at both schools to the strong academic foundation and personal skills he acquired at Ware Academy.

I invite you to learn more about Ware Academy by investigating our website for additional information and the educational opportunities provided by a dedicated faculty committed to the growth of every student.  Please contact the Admissions Office at 804-693-3825 or you can schedule a tour here.  I would be delighted to meet with you for a tour and give you more information about our program and discuss affordability through the Variable Tuition Program.

The Admission Process

The admission process at Ware Academy is designed to inform prospective families and students about the school.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, families are encouraged to apply by March 1st, for the upcoming school year. Class sizes are limited in an effort to maintain an ideal student/faculty ratio. Admission to Ware Academy is based on the candidate’s academic level, aptitude and developmental readiness. The admission process typically includes the following steps:


1. Inquiry: Inquiries via website, telephone, e-mail or letter are welcome.

2. Parent visit: Parents are encouraged to schedule a visit with the Director of Enrollment. The visit includes a tour of the school and an overview of the programs at Ware Academy. 

3. Families are responsible for providing the following:

4. Student visit: All applicants for grades K-8 are required to visit the school and spend a day in the grade in which they are currently enrolled. During the visit, the suitability of the program for each applicant will be ascertained through an in-class math, writing and reading comprehensive assessment which will help determine appropriate educational placement. Applicants should be prepared to participate in class activities from an academic and social standpoint.

5. Admission Decision and Notification: Admission decisions are made by the Head of School, Director of Enrollment and the Admission Committee and are based on all supporting documentation, the student visit and the number of openings available.

Every effort is made to ensure that Ware Academy and the student are well matched and that the applicant will have a successful experience at Ware Academy. 

Notification of the status for admission is typically communicated within one week of the completion of all admission requirements.

Once an applicant is accepted to the school, the following happens and is required:

  • Parents are offered an enrollment agreement.
  • In order to reserve a space, parents must remit the agreement and deposit within two weeks of the acceptance date. This deposit will be applied towards the total tuition fee.