Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers half-day classes for children who will be five-years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year. Students are assigned by neighborhood to attend morning or afternoon sessions. All VBCPS Title I schools identified as school wide programs provide full-day kindergarten for their students. Teachers provide an intensive instructional program that focuses on language arts and mathematics, using a variety of instructional materials and strategies and providing small group and individualized instruction. Extended Day Kindergarten (EDK) is a program that provides kindergarten students with additional instructional time and support in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Each elementary school offers at least one EDK class with 15 students – smaller in size than the school division's average kindergarten program.
Every student enrolled in kindergarten is screened either prior to the start of the school year or during the first two weeks of the school year to determine if the student would benefit from additional instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. The EDK program will begin no later than September 30. Parents will be notified if their child has been selected.
Parental involvement is highly valued. Parents and kindergarten teachers work together as a team to maximize learning for all students. Ongoing communication regarding student progress is provided through a variety of methods including notes, emails, phone calls, the Internet and conferences. In addition, class work is sent home on a regular basis and report cards are issued four times per year.
Should you have any additional questions about the kindergarten program, please contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 757.263.1070.