Message From The Director

Welcome to Cortona Academy. If you or your child are dissatisfied in any way with your child’s present academic situation in another school, please call us immediately. I will be more than happy to talk to you about this and explain in detail why Cortona Academy and

its students have been so successful for the past 25 years. Our greatest joy is in making a difference in lives and in seeing how students learn, grow, and become more mature individuals socially and intellectually. What inspires me most are the parents and our staff, who care so deeply about others. At Cortona Academy we support one another, and in turn support our students by providing a safe haven for them while encouraging confidence, self-esteem, and individual motivation.

As you read more about our academic institution, you’ll discover that we’re unlike any other education on the East Coast, including public, private, or home schools. Our staff is also unlike any other. We are professionals as well as teachers, but most importantly we are humanitarians whose ultimate goal is to change the way your child is educated. For more than two decades we have succeeded in doing so, student by student. Your family can be a part of this excitement.

In these very difficult economic times you have to make wise financial, educational decisions and think “outside the box,” because your child is most likely an “outside the box” student. Your child deserves the best education for the best value: Cortona Academy. Come visit our school today.



Northern VA Technology High School

Sharon Peruzzi Strauchs, Director, Cortona Academy

Message From The Staff

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

To us, Cortona Academy is 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 7-12 with group and one-on-one classes to focus on enrichment, remediation, acceleration, or superior, yet stress-free STEM plus arts education.

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. Come join us!

– The Staff of Cortona Academy