WELCOME TO Courthouse Academy

Courthouse Academy is the only school in Southside Hampton Roads offering Spanish-immersion classes for students aged two years through elementary school.

We have two types of programs—Spanish-immersion and traditional classes. We are Safety-certified by the Virginia Beach Police Department and a participant of the Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network as well as the 1-2-3 READ Early Literacy Program.

Our school is committed to community service with an annual Health and Fun Fair for the community, flower planting and projects to raise money for cancer research, feeding under-privileged children and their families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and sending under-privileged youth to Elton Brown’s 1st & Goal Foundation professional football camp.

These are just a few of the many things that make our school unique. Read on, browse through our website and learn more about what Courthouse Academy can do for your child.

Parent Testimonials

“We love Courthouse Academy! My daughter looks forward to going to school every morning. She thoroughly enjoys the before and after school programs as well. These programs are extremely helpful and necessary when working longer hours.”

“We love Courthouse Academy. Our daughter has been at the school for four years and we are very pleased at how she has progressed academically and socially. In Kindergarten, she was reading on her own by December of that school year, she is in first grade and is reading at almost a third-grade level. We have loved her teachers and they’ve all been very helpful and professional. Her kindergarten teacher has been teaching for 18+ years and her first grade teachers both have Bachelor’s degrees. She is in a Spanish Immersion class and loves learning a second language. We are impressed at how well she is writing and spelling. Class sizes are small so she gets more time with the teacher. Her teachers have always encouraged learning and created an excitement for it in class and at home. We return to Courthouse Academy year after year because of the caring environment. The front office is kind, caring, and accommodating and they know every child. My child isn’t just a name in a classroom, they know her and how she is doing in class. They make time to talk with the children and are greeted at the door everyday. We are glad that we found such a great school for our daughter to attend in her formative years of grade school.”  – Leticia Brand

Courthouse Academy has been an awesome experience from day one when we discovered it almost three years ago. The owner, Miss Kym has always been fantastic. She is often at the Academy sharing her positive attitude and motivating students to do their best. Miss Julie, the director is amazing. She is always readily available to speak to when needed. If you have a concern, Miss Julie addresses the situation promptly and efficiently. The teachers my daughter has had, Miss Maria, Miss Jamily, and Miss Liz have not only been exceptional teachers, but more importantly, the most caring individuals who truly have my child’s best interest at heart. Even the receptionist, Miss Krista is all smiles, extremely helpful and always makes you feel welcome when entering the building.”

“The Spanish Immersion program is wonderful. My daughter loves learning another language. She often speaks Spanish in our home and encourages her brothers to speak it as well. She loves to teach them the new Spanish concepts she learns daily. She has learned so much, and has become quite fluent in short period of time. The benefits of being bilingual are simply immeasurable. She has become a more confident and secure little girl.”

“My daughter has had nothing but great experiences and even better memories while attending Courthouse Academy. We feel blessed to have found this wonderful school when we did!”  – Cynthia Villarreal

“First, I wanted to thank Ms. Julie and the staff at Courthouse Academy for always being there for our children. When we moved up here from Florida, we had no idea what we were in for, especially coming in the middle of the school year. They went from knowing the basics, to being well versed in English and Spanish! I am completely shocked at the drastic improvement half a year did for our children! Courthouse Academy is a school I will recommend time and time again to friends and their children. Thank you so much for being there to teach them every detail, and setting them up for success when they graduate.”

“P.S. We need a 3rd grade option next year. LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!”  — Denise and Kevin Smith

Student Testimonials

“I like Courthouse Academy because it’s a big place and it’s comforting to me. Comforting things I like are the chairs, the library, the book fair, and the playground is awesome! I like my Spanish teacher, Miss Yolanda. I like my teacher, Miss Liz, because she has a big birthday. I can give her a birthday hug and presents.”

“I like math centers, and new words in Spanish. I know how to say the vowels in Spanish. I’m learning to be an example for the four year-olds.”

“My best friend is Abby.”

“I also liked that the petting zoo came to school. I liked to touch the alligators. We have a few funny people here, especially me, I’m goofy!”  –Frankie Marti, First Grade

“I was really little when I first came to Courthouse Academy. Now I’m in kindergarten! I like all my teachers because they are nice.”

“At Courthouse Academy I can learn, I like to learn!”

“In my class we are learning science. I am making a little book about apples. The things we are putting in our books are seeds, a tree, buds, blossoms and apples.”

“When I make my apple book I’m supposed to read it to myself. But I’m going to read it to Gwyneth. I am also going to read it to my daddy!”

“Courthouse Academy is a fun place to play.”

“I take tap & ballet. I know how to do a plie’, see? (Does plie’). I like ballet because I’m a beautiful, beautiful ballerina.”  — Samantha Schill, Kindergarten

“I started to come to Courthouse Academy when I was 3 years old. I have lots of friends at school now.”

“I like to learn about the governor, mayor, president and I like history.”

“I like that my school is a Spanish Immersion school. I started to learn Spanish in Pre-k. I like PE, music and art. I want to stay at Courthouse for third grade.”

“I like my teachers, my friends and the book fair.”

“I like to take dance. I like tap and ballet the most. Hip-hop is o.k. If I go a year without dance, I won’t live!”

“I like that the owner brings her dogs to school. Scout is so nice and Ranger used to be so tiny.”

“I love the owner!”  — Abby Hendricksen, Second Grade

Teacher Testimonials

“Working at Courthouse Academy has been a joy. From the owner to the students everyone is caring and willing to lend a hand. Even with my short time of being here, I have seen teachers use any and every opportunity as a learning experience. Also, parents are active in their child’s learning and always open to suggestions. At any time during the day someone is always available to answer a question or help solve a problem. I love Courthouse Academy!”   – Courtney Brown

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”   – Robert John Meehan

“I chose this quote because it truly describes my experience at Courthouse Academy, as well as the method of how I run my classroom. I believe we have something to learn from others and it doesn’t matter if they are young or old. I am committed to becoming a better teacher because of the wisdom my mentors have given to me. My own style of teaching is evolving and improving. One reason I wanted to become a teacher was because I enjoy learning and I wanted to share my passion with others. I feel a tremendous responsibility to develop and encourage the young minds in my classroom to find their love for learning too. I am proud to announce that I am not just a kindergarten teacher but I am a kindergarten teacher at Courthouse Academy.” – Meaghan Smith

“Working at Courthouse Academy has allowed me to grow my passion for working with children. I have a lot of experience teaching and my background in sociology and psychology helps me to adapt to each child and their needs. I adore teaching the pre-k class and the freedom that Courthouse allows. We love to explore new things, think out of the box and encourage creativity; all the while getting a private school education at an accelerated level. I appreciate the doors that have been opened for me, as well as the friends that I have made young and old! It doesn’t feel like a job if you love doing it!”   – Kristin Watkins

“Working at Courthouse Academy has given me the opportunity to be able to help (my kids) our students learn a different language and to be able to expand their little minds at a very young age. Seeing the smile on the face of my students when they enjoy learning from me is the greatest feeling in the world. This tells me I’m doing something right, it’s the most rewarding job ever. They are the reason why I love to teach not only my class but I love that the staff treats me as family.”   – Martha Greenhaw

“I enjoy working at Courthouse Academy because of the atmosphere. It is a laid back environment, where we are always having fun and laughing. When your coworkers have become friends, work feels a lot less like work. However, our first priority is always the education, safety and love for the kids. My passion is education. At Courthouse Academy I am able to share my passion with my students and teach them in a fun and creative environment making them the teachers and me the student at times! Courthouse is the place for me and I hope to be here for many years.”   – Liz Lewis

“I have been working at Courthouse Academy for 13 years. Working at Courthouse Academy with the children is very fulfilling and I especially love that we are an academic based school with a Spanish Immersion program. My Spanish Immersion four year old students get very excited when they are able to respond to a question with the correct answer in Spanish. Our Spanish program is a great beginning to nurture a blossoming bilingual child.”   – Joy Bateson

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Each day we care for your children.

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Childcare and education for your student.

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A loving place for your infant or toddler.

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Loads of learning for preschool and pre-k children.

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Spanish curriculum for both preschool and elementary grades.

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Summer camp for both preschool and elementary grades.

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