Mission & Philosophy


Browne Academy is a diverse independent day school committed to developing the whole child through extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and a nurturing community. We empower students to be critical thinkers, inspired innovators, engaged peers, and ethical leaders prepared with the confidence to thrive in a dynamic world. 

The meaning of “knowing” has shifted from being able to repeat information for a test to being able to find information, evaluate it, and use it effectively. Through our inquiry approach to learning, students develop questioning, research and communication skills so they are prepared to solve problems, create solutions, and tackle real-life questions and issues.  

—Peggy Otey, Browne Academy Head of School


Browne Academy began as one of the first integrated schools in Virginia. Today that spirit of inclusion endures, as our core values – excellence, diversity, character, and community – are an integral part of our school’s tapestry. By encouraging all members of our community to exemplify these values every day, we are building a foundation of empathy and respect that will serve our students throughout their lives.

We believe in providing our students with experiential learning opportunities that encourage thoughtful questioning, personal engagement, use of the greater community, and a deeper understanding of the world. Through our inquiry-based approach, we strive to foster our students’ natural curiosity and develop their lifelong love of learning.

We intentionally keep our class sizes small to nurture each child’s academic, social, and emotional growth. Students feel safe and cared for in such an environment, and as a result, we see them thrive. Our graduates are equipped both academically and personally to navigate life after Browne Academy with confidence. 


Browne Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, athletics, or other school-sponsored programs.