IWA enrolls record number

Published 9:28 pm Monday, August 27, 2012

As Isle of Wight Academy prepares for its first day of school on Wednesday, a record 670 students are enrolled, school officials said.

Last year’s enrollment was 650, said Joseph Whitley, assistant headmaster for the lower school and director of admissions.

“I think we have a great program that we offer to students, and we are a very good value,” Whitley said.

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Tuition for high school students is $5,900 annually, and for kindergarten it’s $5,000.

IWA gets 45 percent of its students from Isle of Wight County and another 45 percent from Suffolk.

“About 10 percent come from various places, including Southampton County, Sussex County, from as far as Portsmouth, Corapeake, N.C., and Gates (N.C.),” Whitley said.

To accommodate the growth, the private school is considering expanding the campus next summer for lower-school students, he said.

“We have room, but we are looking at plans for a new building soon,” he said.

This year’s senior class has 58 students.

New teachers include: Rosa Rodriguez for Spanish, Audrey Robbins for biology, Pam Pye for fifth grade and Jennifer Rose for first grade. Two positions were filled due to retirements, and the biology and first-grade teaching positions were created to accommodate more students.

First-grade teacher Mary Margaret Wells has also been named the school’s first-time development director to help with fundraising efforts.