Cortona Academy

Taking the Stress Out of Educating

Teenagers Since 1992

Meet the Class of 2021

Cortona Academy Graduates Awarded 1.336 Million in Scholarships

Prospective Families

Learn More About Our Three Step Admissions Process

Cortona Academy is Open—Onsite—Rolling Admissions!

We have a limited number of students

and are in complete adherence to CDC compliance regulations.


Event: Upcoming Open House for prospective parents.


Event: Upcoming Open House for prospective parents.


Event: Upcoming Open House for prospective parents.

Fall 2021 Applications

We are now accepting applications for onsite students, grades 7-12 , for full-time, onsite classes, starting September 2021. Spaces are extremely limited.

Fall 2021 Financial Aid

Scholarships for Fall 2021 available as of July 1. All financial aid decisions are made within one day of the date that you submit your completed application.

New Fall Electives

Calling all athletes, academics, and creatives. Check out our new electives, we are now offering Tennis, Guitar, and Film Production classes!  At Cortona Academy, we work around your competitions!



A Party Every Week at Cortona Academy:

Having fun can never be underrated, not in today’s world! It’s not too late to join our Cortona Family!

On September 8th Cortona Academy celebrated the first of their weekly  parties, potlucks, and cook-offs scheduled for the 21-22 school year,    

In the Academy’s Great Room, Founder, Sharon Peruzzi Strauchs, began by welcoming new students to the entire Cortona student body.  “We are the family behind every student’s family.  After this past year, what  family doesn’t celebrate absolutely everything positive that may be happening?”

The eagerness Cortona students experience at both onsite and offsite parties defines Cortona Academy. Cortona’s philosophy is that learning should be a positive and welcoming experience that fosters a longing for knowledge. 

Weekly parties also celebrate every student’s achievement and effort. For the past 30 years of Cortona’s history of serving students in grades 7 -12, it is  Cortona’s relaxed, happy, encouraging environment that directly correlates with each child’s educational results. 

Not only do such celebrations encourage students to feel that they are a necessary part of Cortona Academy, but most importantly, they also help solidify friendships, ensuring that each child will form relationships to support them well beyond graduation.

Academic Highlight

Because we help students reach their individual educational potential, Cortona Academy graduates have been awarded $1.336 million in merit college scholarships, surpassing all other schools on the East Coast. At Cortona Academy, Students Receive Between 40K and 160K in Merit Scholarships!


Cortona Academy

Consider the question most parents are asking, “When do we get our lives back?” As parents, you are facing difficult and daunting decisions in regard to the coming school year.

Now, it’s time to give children the education they deserve. We guarantee to maintain our excellent, stress-free education for Cortona Academy students, including for those children with learning differences, giftedness, athletes, artists, musicians and our “everyday wonderful” young people. They need us, and we need them.

Cortona Academy Education does NOT just occur in a classroom.

We do what most parents do not have the time to do: Show their children the artistic, cultural, scientific and technological venues in the DC Metro Area.

Yearly, we schedule an average of 15 – 20 trips!

Planning for 2022 Space Camp Huntsville, Alabama

A Profound Difference

Cortona Academy Compared to

National Franchises &

Other Private Schools

  • Stable Staff with College Professors choosing to devote their lives to our students
  • Brilliant, yet kind and understanding professors
  • Team Approach
  • Our teachers hold Master’s or PhD’s in their field of teaching, with an average of 24.3 years of teaching experience
  • We ensure students’ rights are respected throughout their ENTIRE education
  • GROUP + 1/1, a one-of-a-kind education in the DC Metro Area, average 4 students per class!
  • Internships…INVALUABLE! Now, during college, and beyond
  • A fun-filled, daily, stress-free environment with regular field trips
  • Acclaimed HTS-3 Study Systems taught in every, single course
  • Nationally and Internationally Accredited Curriculum
  • Cortona’s Humanitarian Focus keeps our students totally involved in the world at-large
  • Not a franchise! Cortona Academy has a 30 year history of superior performance for students in grades 7th – 12th in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
  • We own our own facility
  • No extra charges for Study Halls, PSAT/SAT Prep Courses, or National Award Programs
  • Set Tuition, with up-front costs, not course-by-course “trial”

Unlike National Franchises & Other Private Schools...

Cortona Academy provides an unparalleled approach to college preparation by using a proprietary teaching process, honed over its 30 years history. We work with a tenured staff of professional educators personally committed to each enrolled student’s success and happiness. Enrollment in Cortona is a process ensuring both student achievement and parent confidence. When our success blueprint is embraced and supported by dedicated parents, students achieve the goals we jointly establish. At graduation, we revel at the levels of accomplishment achieved by our graduates, all who reach their utmost potentials and enter great colleges…WITH SCHOLARSHIPS!

Our Blogs

Sneak Peak

  • Learn how Cortona Academy’s High-Tech Study Systems (HTS-3) have conquered  and mitigated ADHD!
  • By: Cortona Academy Director and Founder, Sharon Strauchs
  • Eleven percent of all U.S Children ages 4 – 17 years are diagnosed with ADHD.
  • What are the other options to medication and special education classes
  • Read “ADHD – Beyond the Pill” to learn more!
  • HTS-3 Systems is applied to all Cortona Academy classes
  • HTS-3 increases focus; decreases stress
  • Pressure-Free Enhanced Learning Environment

Cortona Academy is a Gifted Program For ALL Students,

Including Those With ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Etc…

Gifted students are oftentimes the ones who are put under the most stress to be “perfect.” Our HTS-3 study and organization system removes stress and elevates your child!

Coming Soon to Our Blog

1.  HTS-3  the “Great Equalizer”

Learn about our PROVEN study and organization system that eases stress for all, both for the gifted as well as challenged, catapulting each to their own, specific level of potential.  This is potential-based, not competitive-based education!

After all, this is America.  Why shouldn’t every, single person have a shot at “The Brass Ring”?  

2. “Dyslexics will Conquer the World!”

We have found that our dyslexic students are the best engineers and artists at Cortona Academy. Our dyslexics are absolutely amazing in their ability to innovate and create.