An independent, coeducational PK-Grade 12 private school located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia

Travel and Traditions

Fredericksburg Academy private school Upper School students visiting Europe

Global travel gives FA Upper School students an edge in both academics and life.

Travel

On every trip our expert faculty members feed FA students’ thirst for knowledge and challenge their perceptions. Experiencing China, Greece, Britain, Australia, Peru, and the Galapagos first-hand shapes our students’ perspectives on life

Traditions

Upper School Orientation


At the start of the year, new students and ninth-graders are welcomed to Upper School by the Student Leadership Groups and returning students. Fun, friendship, and information define these two days and help to ease the community into the first day of classes and the year.

Homecoming


Homecoming at Fredericksburg Academy is an all-school tradition with the Upper School at the center of it all. It includes a week of themed dress-up days and activities directed by the Student Life Committee, a cook-out and bonfire for the eighth through twelfth grades, a parade and pep-rally with the entire school, and culminates on the athletic fields with not one but three varsity athletic contests.

Lock-In


No dresses and no tuxedos, the Lock-In is an all-night activity extravaganza for Upper School students with floor hockey, video games, movies, dodgeball, music, lots of snacks, and little to no sleep!

World Languages Week


World Languages Week is a celebration of world cultures in the Upper School. Activities range from making world language t-shirts to cooking to scavenger hunts and culminate with a smorgasbord luncheon. It’s a week of culinary and cultural delight for all students!

Fine Arts Festival


Fine arts are showcased year-round at FA, but the entire community comes together for one day each spring for an all-school celebration. Artwork is displayed gallery-style and students take the stage to perform choral, instrumental, and theatrical pieces.

Prom and After-Prom


All Upper School students at Fredericksburg Academy are invited to Prom and After Prom. The Student Life Committee plans the event, which includes an evening of dinner and dancing. After Prom is FA's post-prom party with food, prizes, and exciting activities.

The Perch


The Perch. The Pond. The Day.

For more than 15 years, the entire Upper School has spent a spring day at a farm in Fauquier County. The possibilities for fun and relaxation are endless – the Perch Olympics, swimming, lawn games, music, fishing, Kan Jam, sun (or shade), and a cook-out. At the Perch, eighth-graders are welcomed as future Upper School students and seniors celebrate and are celebrated. And, all receive the one and only “The Perch. The Pond. The Day” t-shirt.

Seniors


The members of the Senior Class at Fredericksburg Academy are celebrated throughout the year for how far they've come and how far they'll be going. There are many traditions that define this special year:

  • Senior Privileges
  • The Senior Section
  • First Grade Buddies
  • Senior Class Flag
  • Senior Class Trip
  • Senior Family Legacy Gift
  • End-of-year Closing Assembly