Our Mission

Cardinal Newman Academy is an independent college preparatory high school dedicated to fostering academic excellence.

Truth & Goodness

Providing affordable, co-educational instruction, we aim to form the minds of students to know the truth and train their wills to seek the good. Through their studies, our students learn “to reach out towards truth, and to grasp it” (Cardinal Newman).

The moral formation of our students is an essential element of education at Cardinal Newman Academy. Through this pursuit of the good, students attain true freedom: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

Liberal Arts

This education is grounded in the liberal arts. By studying the classic works of Western Civilization, our students join the on-going conversation between the greatest minds about the highest truths.

Through their education in the liberal arts, our students grow in wisdom and receive the foundation necessary for any educational path or career.


Sense of Wonder

The truths of the Catholic Faith, as promulgated by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, establish a framework for all our studies. Through religion and the humanities, our students inherit a foundation of knowledge, develop as human beings, and come to know and love Jesus Christ and His Church.

Through the mathematic and scientific disciplines, students learn of God’s creation and develop a sense of wonder about the natural world.

And in all our disciplines, our students are exposed to the historical, cultural, and scientific opportunities of our Richmond, Virginia location.


This education aims primarily at the perfection of the human being. As Cardinal Newman states, “There is a knowledge worth possessing for what it is, and not merely for what it does.”

This perfection is dependent on, and contributes to the well-being of, the community in which the student lives and learns. For this reason, service to the community is an essential part of our education.

Through rigorous academics and service to others, our students become faithful members of the Church, good citizens, and are prepared to excel in the modern world.