Virginia Beach high school students will soon have the opportunity to earn college credits through a partnership with Virginia State University (VSU). The agreement was approved by the Virginia Beach School Board at its Nov. 20 meeting.
Starting in September 2013, students may earn college credit in the following courses:
- College Algebra I
- Elementary Statistics
- Elementary Statistics II
- Principles of Biology I
- Principles of Biology II
- Intro to Teaching I
- Intro to Teaching II
Each course is a semester in length. All level one courses, with the exception of Intro to Teaching I, have a PSAT or SAT requirement, and all, including Intro to
Teaching I require an advisor or teacher recommendation. All level two courses have the prerequisite of successful completion of the corresponding level I class.
Virginia State University is offering the college-credit courses to Virginia Beach students tuition-free as part of their school day. The cost offset will occur by having qualified Virginia Beach instructors teach the courses.
Virginia State University has signed 11 partnerships with other Virginia school divisions. An official agreement signing between the university and the school division will be scheduled at a future date.
Virginia State University is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. With a current student population of 5,300, the University offers 55 baccalaureate and master's degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificates. VSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Course descriptions will soon be found online in the secondary school curriculum guides on vbschools.com. For more information, contact the Office of Guidance/Student Records at 757-263-1980.