Cortona Learning offers the ultimate in private education.

Cortona Academy was founded twenty three years ago in order to serve students who benefit from small classes, intensive academic interventions, and one-on-one sessions when they find difficulty with a new process, concept, or subject. We recently moved to an exciting 14,000 square foot location in Herndon, Virginia to make space for our long awaited premiere institution of hi-tech learning.

“As a professional working in our public schools, I frequently find myself musing that I wish all of my students could attend Cortona.”

Jeanne, Parent and Fairfax County Public Schools Counselor

Welcome to Cortona Academy, the ultimate in private education on the East Coast. At our school the parents, not the administrators, choose the schedule, teachers, courses and class size best suited to their child’s needs. Founded in 1992, Cortona Academy remains the only program of its kind to serve students in grades 6-12 with group and one-on-one classes to focus on enrichment, remediation or acceleration.

Our no-fail, potential-based philosophy of education is geared to each student’s educational needs, interests and abilities. Our job is to ensure your child’s success. Students have the option to complete two school years in one, make up for poor GPAs, and reach ultimate potential by receiving an opportunity to work with some of the best teachers, scientists, engineers, writers, and computer scientists in the DC Metro area, all within a structured, state-of-the-art learning environment.

For the past two decades, our staff has changed the face of education for every student that walks through our doors. We will do the same for your child when you come join us.

Sharon Peruzzi Strauchs Director, Cortona Academy

Upcoming Events


This Week Only – 2/11 Thursday Open House 11AM-12:30PM RSVP at 703.464.0034

Cortona Academy Internship Opportunities

ITALY TRIP SPRING 2016 for Present and Future Students: Visit us for details!

NEW! FALL 2015  Cortona’s Performing and Fine Arts Academy

Cortona Graduates 2015  All offered up to $110,000 in College Scholarships to 4-year schools for academic achievement!

Why Attend Cortona Academy?

Rolling Admissions: Although our regular school year is from September – May, students may start anytime and still complete the school year. Apply now.

Outstanding Value: Get your money’s worth for your private education dollars.

Recover Lost Dreams: Students may improve poor transcripts, do two years of high school in one, graduate early, or do a 13th year, opening up college and scholarship choices.

Learn How To Learn: HTS-3 shortens homework time for the Gifted, boosts comprehension for the Learning Challenged, and increases focus for ADHD students. See HTS3.

Build Projects, Build Resumes, Build Futures: Cortona’s Invention/Innovation Space “is critical for motivating students interested in studying science and technology.”

Amazing Teachers: Our brilliant and kind teachers are experts in their fields expanding all students’ gifts while diminishing or eliminating any learning challenges. (See Faculty).

Choice and Flexibility in Scheduling: Parents and students chart their own route toward graduation, choosing courses, class size, teachers, school and vacation schedules, and even the graduation date. (See Calendar).

No-Surprise Communication: “No-Surprise” communication with parents: daily communication, biweekly written reports, and four face-to-face meetings between parents and the entire staff throughout the school year.

Stress and Terror of Less-than-Perfect Grades is Gone: No-fail philosophy. “You choose your grade, then work for it.”

Happy Environment: A happy school day with positive people surrounding you. Bullying is something that just doesn’t happen in our hallways.

More Reasons to Attend Cortona Academy