Where Honor Comes
Before Honors

Nestled in historic Ghent in Norfolk, we are devoted to a unique approach to educating young leaders and to developing them into responsible citizens. When you step into our historic home, warmth and enthusiasm greet visitors and students at the foot of the grand staircase. Our dynamic curriculum includes rich traditions and innovative instruction. Explore our school to learn more about how we can partner with you in your child’s educational journey.

Education that Goes Beyond Academics

Our curriculum is designed to challenge and engage students at every level, from our Preschool program to our Lower School and Middle School.


The Williams School’s Commitment

We take pride in our commitment to hands-on experiences, which means that our students learn by doing where textbooks are resources and not the basis for learning. We are passionate about creativity, self-discovery, independence and critical thinking in our students. We strike a balance between one-on-one support and self-directed learning, providing our students with the freedom to explore the possibilities of their extraordinary potential.

At Williams, we also believe in the power of innovation and creative production. Our students are encouraged to:

  • Ask questions to complex problems
  • Question assumptions
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Assemble an argument with evidence

This mindset is woven into everything we do, from our interdisciplinary curriculum to our emphasis on collaborative problem-solving.

The Williams School’s Commitment
The Williams School’s Commitment
The Williams School’s Commitment

Measuring student
success beyond grades

At Williams, we believe that education goes beyond textbooks, tests, and technology tools.

Our motto, “Honor Before Honors,” embodies our commitment to instilling in our students a strong sense of integrity, respect, and responsibility. We believe that true success is not only measured by grades or accolades, but also by how we conduct ourselves in our daily lives.

Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to create a culture of honor and respect where each student is encouraged to uphold these values in all of their interactions. We believe that this spirit of honor is not only important for our students’ personal development but also for their success in the world beyond our walls.

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Measuring student success beyond grades
Measuring student success beyond grades
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Explore The Williams
School Today

We invite you to come and see what makes Williams such a special place. Visit us and experience firsthand our vibrant community, our talented faculty, and our commitment to excellence. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with you in your child’s educational journey.

Schedule a tour today and take the first step in giving your child the gift of a Williams School education. We can’t wait to meet you!

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