William H. Ruffner Academy was established in 1922 as part of Norfolk City Public Schools. Though it was rebuilt in 1993 across the street from its original location, Ruffner Academy continues to operate as a true community-based school. As such, many of our students walk to and from school and enjoy spending time on our grounds engrossed in both academic and extra-curricular activities. Our instructional program includes a large number of high school credit-bearing courses, including art, technology, business, Algebra, Geometry, World Geography, Biology, Earth Science, French, Spanish, and Latin.
In addition to our community of 650 local students, Ruffner Academy embraces approximately 100 Young Scholars. The Young Scholars program is an application-based program for students who show unique academic promise and qualify through the City’s gifted education services. Its core includes academically advanced curricula and opportunities for school and community leadership.
Ruffner’s instructional staff is comprised of data-driven individuals who are content experts. Our team prides itself on uncovering new and exciting ways to teach core academic concepts, and we are well-versed in the art of helping students access material in novel ways. Teachers are carefully selected by our administrative team and are accountable for creating personal professional development plans that directly contribute to the success of our students.