Ware Academy Inc.
7936 John Clayton Memorial Highway
Gloucester VA 23061
Mission Statement Ware Academy empowers each student to achieve academic excellence, emphasizing the development of mind, body and character.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thomas L. Thomas III
Board Chair Ms. Vicky Gunn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 7936 John Clayton Memorial Highway
Gloucester, VA 23061
Telephone 804 693-3825
Fax 804 694-0695
E-mail tthomas@wareacademy.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1953
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,328,170.00
Projected Expenses $1,259,935.00
Additional Documents
Board of Directors2017View
Board of Directors2014View
Board Roster2013View

Since the purchase of the Old Wan Post Office and Store in 1962, the physical plant of Ware Academy has consisted of primarily Noland Hall as the main school building. During the course of thirty seven years, additional classrooms have been added to Noland Hall and separate buildings were constructed on the premises to accommodate for the growth of the school.  Each additional classroom was constructed to approximately the same dimensions as those in Waddell Hall which was built in 1969. In 2012, the Board of Trustees retained a Richmond architectural firm, Bartzen & Ball, to assess the functional obsolescence of the current facility in relation to programmatic needs and to create a master plan to shape the future physical development of the 21 acre campus. The Master Plan is intended to meet the physical needs of Ware Academy for the next ten to fifteen years and has been segmented into phases. 

Mission Ware Academy empowers each student to achieve academic excellence, emphasizing the development of mind, body and character.
Completed and paid for a Master Plan for a three stage development project
Voted in the top three of "Best in the Eastern Region of Independent Schools'
Grew our Annual Fund by over 15% and received 100% giving from Board and all Faculty 
Needs We would like to grow our programs and add students in a timely manner. Our capital campaign launch within the next 12 months will enable us to begin the first phase of development per the Master Site Plan

Our School – A Legacy of Excellence

For sixty-five years, Ware Academy has been offering students of the Middle Peninsula a unique and robust educational opportunity. Ware Academy’s origin dates back to 1949 when the school was first named Gloucester County Day School with thirteen students in a building on Lawyer’s Row in Historic Gloucester Village. Over the years the school has grown and moved to its current location on a twenty one acre campus. Today, Ware Academy is one of a handful of fully accredited independent elementary and middle school in the Middle Peninsula region. Students are enrolled from Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex Counties. From its humble beginnings over six decades ago, Ware Academy has never wavered from its ultimate commitment to ensuring that every student reaches his or her fullest potential. Students are selected on the basis of academic potential, without regard to race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin. As an independent, co-educational day school serving students from a Pre-Kindergarten Three through Eighth Grade.
CEO Statement

High moral and ethical principles, strong academic standards, and responsibility for one’s self are equally important for our students. The School provides an environment that is nurturing, fostering academic and personal growth and encouraging a healthy self-esteem. The School embraces and appreciates that students possess individual styles. Faculty members encourage students to express themselves confidently and clearly. With an ideal student/faculty ratio of no more than 15:1, teachers utilize a variety of proven learning techniques, emphasizing cooperation and competition while enhancing literacy and critical thinking. Ware Academy maintains a familial atmosphere that emphasizes friendliness, cooperation and social responsibility. Parental involvement is encouraged. 

Ware Academy believes in the importance of contributing to the community. By providing leadership and character building activities, as well as interscholastic athletics competition, Ware ensures that each student receives instruction and modeling toward becoming a responsible citizen. Students participate in numerous community service projects each school year.

The School promotes ethical, cultural and racial diversity throughout the school community. Ethnic diversity has tripled in the past five years. Through the establishment of scholarships, Ware has targets and recruits students who would have not considered the school otherwise.  Moral and ethical principles are fostered, encouraging students to develop integrity, empathy and compassion for all living things.


Board Chair Statement

Ware Academy is an incorporated nonprofit organization under a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.  Ware Academy’s primary emphasis is to provide a developmentally appropriate academic program which is both challenging and enriching.

Each committee of the Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the policy issues and needs in their particular areas (Facilities, Finance, Development, Committee on Trustees and Head Support and Evaluation.

The Executive Committee serves at the discretion of the President or the Head to coordinate the work of the Board; serves as a sounding board for the Headmaster; acts in lieu of the Board between Board meetings in the manner prescribed by the By Laws and expressly delegated by the Board; and reports its actions to the Board in a timely fashion.


The Board of Trustees employs a Head of School to implement the policy that is set by the Board.  The Head is free to administer his duties without interference from the Board.

The Board of Trustees actively supports and promotes the school in accordance with its bylaws and assists in the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.  The Board and the Head of School are dedicated to the future of Ware Academy on every level, including financial support and active involvement in the annual and eventual capital giving campaigns.  They have fiduciary responsibility to the school for sound financial management.  A Strategic Plan is in place to plan for and develop policies to implement successful strategies to achieve annual and long term goals.  The Board works with the Head regarding the school’s performance, its financial plan and its physical plant.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Mathews County
Middlesex County
Gloucester County
Serving the three counties of Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex more or less equally over the years.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Vicky Gunn
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term May 2016 to May 2019
Email info@wareacademy.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dr. Standish Allen Past Parent
Mr. James Cordon Davis IIICommunity Volunteer
Mr. John Elkin retired
Mrs. Denise M. Finney Community Volunteer
Ms. Vicky Gunn Community Volunteer
Dr. Brad Hendricks Community Volunteer
Ms. Martha Heric Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sandy Pait Community Volunteer
Dr. Barbaro Perez Community Volunteer
Mrs. Margaret McVey Singleton Community Volunteer
Mrs. Amy Van Fossen Community Volunteer
Mrs. Rebecca White Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Thomas L. Thomas, III Ex-officio
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Thomas L. Thomas III
Senior Staff
Mr. Michael Cook
Mrs. Dawn Fleet
Mr. Jaik Henderson
Full Time Staff 21
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 75
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2011
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2004
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association of Independent Schools2013
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2013
Top Three Best Independent Schools in Eastern VAVirginia Living Magazine2014
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,328,170.00
Projected Expenses $1,259,935.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$100,857$124,552$155,211
Investment Income, Net of Losses($13,554)$36,006$51,418
Membership Dues------
Special Events$146,158$61,225$53,824
Revenue In-Kind--$11,689$11,126
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,245,146$1,125,116$1,160,501
Administration Expense$139,466$350,615$346,338
Fundraising Expense$64,942$110,368$107,958
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.900.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%71%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%59%52%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,605,958$1,704,007$1,786,432
Current Assets$201,459$417,559$332,354
Long-Term Liabilities$0$303,768$264,599
Current Liabilities$595,183$192,273$151,596
Total Net Assets$1,010,775$1,207,966$1,370,237
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.342.172.19
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%18%15%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Major renovations/additions in a three phase model
Goal $1,300,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
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