Public Schools

From early childhood through high school, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) offers students many programs to acquire skills and knowledge that support their academic achievement.

The VBCPS is the largest school division in Hampton Roads and the 50th largest in the nation. Focusing on educational rigor and expanded academic choices, the goal of the Virginia Beach City Public School system is to prepare all students to be successful as workers, residents, and lifelong learners.

For three consecutive years, VBCPS has earned full state Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation. In addition, the VBCPS Class of 2020 outperformed the region and achieved the division's highest cohort-based on-time graduation rate and lowest dropout rate.

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, residents, and lifelong learners.

VBCPS also continues to thrive in the arts. For the 14th consecutive year, VBCPS was named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Less than 5% of school districts across the nation earn this prestigious award. Source VBCPS, 2023

Public K-12


Source: Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 2022/2023 Data

Elementary Schools55
Middle Schools15
High Schools11
​Charter School (Grades 9-12)​1
Secondary Specialty Centers4
​Total Schools/Centers​86​

Source: Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 2023

​​​Student Enrollment (K-12)​63,598​Male​51.2%
Black/African American22.7%English Learners4.7%
Hispanic/Latino13.6%Students with Disabilities11.6%
Multiracial10.9%Per-pupil expenditure (FY 2021)


Asian6.2%Dropout rate (Grades 9-12) 20222.9%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0.2%On-time graduation rate (Class of 2022)​94.9%
Female48.6​%Federally connected students18,526

​Source: Virginia Beach City Public Schools​ ​, Student Characteristics (2023)

Employees in school system14,162
Average length of teaching experience13.9
National Board Certified Teachers​168

Source: Virginia Beach City Public Schools​​, 2023

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, 11 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, one gifted school, 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 at 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

In VBCPS secondary schools, students continue to have an array of choices from the school division’s academy/advanced academic programs. These unique schools-within-schools provide expanded academic opportunities for students across the division.

Elementary School

  • Mathematics and Science Academy: Linkhorn Elementary
  • Foreign Language Partial Immersion Academy: ​Christopher Farms Elementary

Middle School​

  • Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program at Plaza Middle

High School​ Academies

  • 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 ​
  • International Baccalaureate Program: Princess Anne High
  • Mathematics & Science Academy: Ocean Lakes High

Gifted Programs

  • ​Old Donation School (grades 2-8)

Athletics Programs

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:

FallCross country
Cross country
Field hockey
Indoor track
Indoor track
Track and field
Track and field

​Technical and Career Education (TCE)

Technical and Career Education (TCE) offerings provide an even greater array of possibilities for students. As part of VBCPS’ mission to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in a world-class economy, they are offered the opportunity to sit for sought-after industry credential tests through the Office of Technical and Career Education. In the 2021-2022 ​​school year, TCE students passed 12,442 industry-credential tests. Learn more TCE facts.

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 by 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 residents to a variety of career opportunities.

The Advanced Technology Center also offers businesses space for employee training at no cost. For more information,​ contact the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development at (757) 385-6464.