Middleburg Academy

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Middleburg Academy
35321 Notre Dame Lane
Middleburg, Virginia, (Loudoun County), 20117
United States
Coordinates 38°59′20″N 77°47′7″W / 38.98889°N 77.78528°W / 38.98889; -77.78528Coordinates: 38°59′20″N 77°47′7″W / 38.98889°N 77.78528°W / 38.98889; -77.78528
Motto "Learn, Lead, Serve"
Religious affiliation(s) Ecumenical, Catholic (formerly)
Head of School Colley W. Bell III
Faculty 27
Grades 912
Gender coed
Campus size 95 acres (0.38 km2)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Nickname MAD (Middleburg Academy Dragons)
Team name Dragons
Accreditation VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Dean of Students Cathy Struder
Athletic Director Carla Adgate

Middleburg Academy, formerly known as Notre Dame Academy, is a co-educational, nonsectarian, college preparatory, private high school set on an historic campus of more than 95 acres (0.38 km2) in Middleburg, Virginia.


Middleburg Academy was founded in 1965 as Notre Dame Academy by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio. Originally a girls boarding school, in 1990 it became a co-educational day school. In 2000, the school was purchased from the Sisters by an independent Board of Trustees and in 2009 became a fully independent, nonsectarian school.

Education and Extracurriculars[edit]

The school welcomes students of all faiths who seek an independent, co-educational, college preparatory high school in the Northern Virginia area. Middleburg Academy has a highly qualified and experienced faculty. Out of the 27 full-time members of faculty, 17 hold one or more advanced degrees with 5 holding PhDs. Advanced placement (AP) courses are offered in all academic disciplines. Dual-enrollment courses are also offered, which are taught on campus by faculty who are adjunct professors at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Students participate in a variety of clubs and organizations such as Green Club, Spirit Club, Yearbook, Student Council, and the Lunch Bunch (a community service group of students that mentor students at Middleburg Elementary School). Students are required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service each year and many easily exceed this number. Community service is a prominent part of the school culture, with many opportunities for Advisory groups to participate in activities such as Adopt-a-Soldier and giving to needy families during the Holidays.

Each student is assigned to an Advisory group, which is a group of 10-12 students and one faculty member. Advisory groups meet twice a week. The faculty member acts as a liaison to parents for information about upcoming school activities and for a first contact when students need guidance.

At graduation from Middleburg Academy, women wear white ball gowns and men wear tuxedos. All students must be accepted into one four-year accredited college, pass all classes in their senior year, and fulfill an annual mandatory 25 community service hour prerequisite in order to graduate. College counseling is an important part of the academic experience and is tailored to each student and their family.


More than 85% of Middleburg Academy Students participate in athletics. Middleburg Academy has a variety of athletics including basketball, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, cross-country, baseball, golf, volleyball, swimming, and tennis teams. Many of these teams have received national and regional awards. After graduation, many students extend their athletic careers by playing at the collegiate level. Some colleges students have played collegiately at include: Wheeling Jesuit University, Wingate University, Florida State University, and Mary Washington College. [2]

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