Mission, Beliefs & Promises

Our Mission: 

Preparing promising students for meaningful lives as principled leaders

Promising Students. At Williamsburg Academy, we believe all students have potential to change the world in significant ways. Whether your background is home school, charter school, or traditional public school, if you’re willing to work hard and learn to lead your own education, we invite you to join us. We will provide the curriculum and mentors, and you will do the work.

Williamsburg Academy students in a group

We believe in the potential of all our students to become principled leaders.

Students who are unmotivated or unwilling to go outside their comfort zone, will probably not succeed in our program.

Meaningful Lives. We believe every individual inherently desires a meaningful life, and that a life of meaning is only possible if a person asks themselves the right questions. Our curriculum poses students with these timeless questions through the world’s great minds, including Plato, Aristotle, John Locke, Stephen Crane, Jane Austen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Montesquieu, Marie Curie, and many others. You will need to learn to think critically. Once you learn this skill, you will see the world in a new light, and be on the path to a life of meaning.

Principled Leaders. A person who routinely makes and keeps commitments will successfully lead her personal life and family, and will also be prepared to lead in business, government, religion, and social circles.

Therefore a “principled leader” is a person who believes in and lives by a set of foundational rules or beliefs in both public and private life. Included in these rules are a resolve to make and keep commitments, a desire to continually gain more truth by study and investigation, and a deep respect for humanity. Principled leaders make important decisions based on principles, not whims.

What we Believe

  • To be prepared for the world in which they will live, today’s students need an understanding of history and the world’s great classics, combined with skills in using the latest technology.
  • A mentor is not just a teacher, but someone who, besides teaching knowledge, also takes a vested interest in the personal development of each individual student.
  • Every student can change the world in a meaningful way.
  • Every student has unique gifts of leadership. It is a mentor’s job to help students identify, cultivate, and share their gifts.
  • There is no shortcut to a good education. The main ingredient is consistent hard work, and there is no substitute for it.
  • Students thrive when mentors, peers, and parents have high expectations of them, and hold them accountable in productive ways.

To Students

At Williamsburg Academy you will:

  • Learn to make and keep commitments to yourself, peers, mentors and parents
  • Learn how to manage your time and energy efficiently
  • Learn to build others because you want them to succeed
  • Learn to use your time and energy for the benefit of others
  • Learn to treat others with humility and humanity
  • Identify, improve and develop key relationships in your life
  • Learn how to apply academic knowledge and skills to your life and leadership
  • Learn how to examine ideas in their historical context
  • Identify, prepare for and be admitted to the college program right for you
  • Learn to assimilate relevant data from masses of information
  • Learn to conceptualize and re-organize information into new patterns
  • Learn to understand and empathize with viewpoints different from your own
  • Learn to outline the structural form of a reading, identify and interpret the author’s arguments and messages, and thoughtfully critique them

To Parents

At Williamsburg Academy, we promise to:

  • Provide encouragement, ideas and coaching to help you support your student
  • Provide opportunities for you to make and keep commitments
  • Provide an intellectually and emotionally safe community of learning
  • Provide your students an education based on mentors, classics, and leadership in the tradition of the liberal arts, combined with the use of technology