Boarding Life

Residential Life

Typical Weekday:

Breakfast 7:15 am – 7:45 am

Classes 8:10 am – 3:20 pm

After school sports, rehearsals, club meetings, studying, free time until 6:00 pm

Dinner 6 – 6:30 pm

Study Hours with an at-home ESL Support Teacher 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Dorm Jobs 9:30 pm

Dorm Check-In 10:30 pm

Lights Out/Quiet Time 11:00 pm


You will have much more free time during the weekends. Field trips to museums, performances, shopping, sports games, and more, as well as weekend trips to Baltimore, Philadelphia or camping in the mountains of Western Virginia are all possible activities. 


Boarding students at Broadwater Academy live in a large residential house off-campus with an experienced host parent that is also an educator. Meals are provided and home-cooked by the host parent or brought in by local caterers and restaurants. The house features large, open common areas with a television and piano, spacious bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and an expansive backyard for outdoor activities. Housing is guaranteed for nine months of the academic year, and students are required to leave the residence over the school’s winter and spring breaks.


We regularly schedule activities such as weekend outings to cultural events, Broadwater family events such as backyard BBQs, and events both on and off the Eastern Shore. From our central location on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, boarding students are afforded all of the opportunities of being part of this unique community. Access to beaches on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are within a short driving distance of our campus. Organized weekend activities offer our students the best of our region as well, including cultural trips to Richmond, the Virginia state capitol, and Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital, as well as other major cities like Philadelphia and New York City. Hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking in nearby state parks, and enjoying concerts, bowling, ice skating, and more in Virginia Beach and Norfolk are often on our students’ weekend schedules.


Our bucolic setting allows for a quiet, clear, rural, peaceful place for focus/study. The urban centers of Norfolk, Virginia less than an hour away, or Washington, D.C. four hours away, provide access to strong metropolitan experience.


One of the wonderful aspects of life on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is our temperate climate. The waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean moderate the weather and create a microclimate that provides the Eastern Shore with temperate springs and autumns. In winter, nights seldom fall below freezing, and daytime winter temperatures often reach 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.


Students may ride the bus to school, and a private Broadwater van driven by the host parent takes the boarding students to and from the school less than ten minutes away, and also to venues such as the mall and movie theaters.