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Tidewater Collegiate Academy at Virginia Wesleyan University (TCA) is a private homeschool, which serves as Virginia Wesleyan University's laboratory school for PK-12 students.


Licensed, professional educators work with families to create the most effective learning plan for their student and facilitate the instruction for parents in a new kind of school.  


TCA is unique, collaborative effort of teachers, administrators, professors, parents, business owners, and community leaders that have joined together to provide exceptional education to exceptional students.  


Our focus is on helping students uncover their full potential, so they can reach their personal goals in a healthy environment and make the world a better place. 


mission statement

The mission of Tidewater Collegiate Academy at Virginia Wesleyan University is to facilitate the development of global citizens equipped with 21st century skills to make the world a better place.


1) Develop 21st century learning skills including communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and metacognition.

2) Empower students to be agents of change in their global community.

tca learner profile

​TCA students learn to become:

  • Leaders                          

  • Open-Minded                  

  • Problem Solvers                            

  • Agents of Change          

  • Responsible

  • Visionary

  • Creative 

  • Reflective

  • Caring

  • Communicators

Learning Model


A word from the founder

  1. Education is a human right and necessary for the sustainability of a healthy, global society. 

  2. Each student is exceptional, designed for their own purpose; therefore, they need a course of study that is meaningful for their Individual goals.

  3. Teachers, guardians, parents, and community members are facilitators and resources that guide, encourage, and inform student inquiry.

  4. Learning is about growth through experiences that can happen anywhere, anytime with reflection.

  5. Every student deserves a safe environment to learn to be their best self.

Core Beliefs



Learning Network

 I've spent over a decade as an educator learning how to help each individual student uncover their potential so they can realize their role and value as a global citizen working to make the world a better place.  It is my pleasure to combine educational psychology, the cognitive sciences, research based best practices, and practical experience to help your family develop effective and meaningful education plans.
— Wendy Scott, Ph.D.
Founder of Tidewater Collegiate Academy
at Virginia Wesleyan University
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