The Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the largest school division in Hampton Roads/Southeastern Virginia, and continues to be one of the best school divisions in the country according to Great Schools, which ranked VBCPS as the fifth best large school division in the entire nation.
In a challenging and rapidly changing global economy, the Virginia Beach City Public School system's goal is to prepare all students to be successful as workers, citizens, and lifelong learners.
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools - 2015-2016 Data
Primary and Secondary Education
A high-quality school division widely acknowledged among the nation’s best, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system (VBCPS) is composed of 55 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 12 high schools, and four secondary specialty centers. To help prepare students to be successful as workers and lifelong learners in this challenging and rapidly changing global economy, VBCPS offers expanded academic choices. These include seven school-within-a-school academies, three advanced academic programs, two gifted programs and several specific career-tract technical education programs.
In Compass to 2020, the Strategic Plan for Student Success, the school division states its commitment to using innovative instructional practices and supportive technologies. To ensure this goal is achieved, the school division offers distance learning programs in the high school and middle school levels.
These online courses are available during the school year and summer school.
World Language Immersion Program
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) offers partial-immersion programs, often known as dual immersion one-way programs, in Spanish at select elementary and middle schools. Students in a VBCPS
language immersion program follow the same curriculum as their grade-level peers.
Advanced Academic Programs
- Global Studies & World Languages Academy: Tallwood High
- Health Sciences Academy: Bayside High
- Legal Studies Academy: First Colonial High
- STEM & Technology Academy: Landstown High
- Visual & Performing Arts Academy: Salem High
- Entrepreneurship and Business Academy: Kempsville High School - opening 2016-17
- Old Donation School (grades 2-8)
Virginia Beach City Public Schools provide students with the opportunity to succeed not only in the classroom but also in a variety of athletic programs. The following sports are offered to students at the City’s 12 high schools:
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Track and field
Track and field
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Among the many academic choices provided to students are the school-within-a school Academies and Advanced Academic programs. Upon graduation, students who successfully complete courses in Career and Technical Education (CTE) are prepared to enter the workforce. In the 2015-2016 school year, 11,327 students passed industry-credential tests through their Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Since 2002, 68,171 industry-credential tests have been passed by students. For more details, download the 2014-2015 Annual Report of School Performance.
Advanced Technology Center
A collaboration between VBCPS, Tidewater Community College and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is a 137,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.
ATC’s mission is to complement City schools in providing technical training and education. The center also addresses the demand among regional employers for a trained workforce in the engineering and information technology field, and works to expose students and citizens to a variety of career opportunities.
The Advanced Technology Center also offers businesses space for employee training at no cost. For more information, visit www.vbatc.com
or contact the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development at (757) 385-6464.