VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 08/08/17 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 007 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

VBCPS and 23 of its schools earn state VIP awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education (BOE) named Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and 23 of its schools 2017 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) award winners. This is nearly double the number of VIP awards the school division received in 2016. The annual awards recognize school divisions and individual schools that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals.

"We are very proud that the state recognizes the superior learning we are seeing firsthand in classrooms across our school division," said Dr. Aaron Spence, VBCPS superintendent. "These are hardworking, dedicated teachers and staff who work diligently with one purpose in mind: to help students uncover their limitless potential."

Seven VBCPS schools earned the 2017 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second highest honor in the state's VIP program. This award is presented to schools that meet all state and federal accountability benchmarks and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the BOE. VBCPS schools receiving these awards are: Creeds Elementary, John B. Dey Elementary, Kingston Elementary, Old Donation School, Princess Anne Elementary, Red Mill Elementary and Thoroughgood Elementary.

An additional 16 VBCPS schools as well as the school division were recognized with the 2017 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards. These schools are: Alanton Elementary, Arrowhead Elementary, First Colonial High, Great Neck Middle, Hermitage Elementary, Indian Lakes Elementary, Kempsville Elementary, Linkhorn Park Elementary, Malibu Elementary, Ocean Lakes High, Princess Anne High, Princess Anne Middle, Rosemont Elementary, Salem High, Strawbridge Elementary and Three Oaks Elementary. This award category recognizes schools and divisions that meet all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

These awards are continuing academic good news for VBCPS. In July, VBCPS announced that 100 percent of its schools are projected to achieve state accreditation. Last school year, the division reported its highest average SAT score ever attained by a graduating class, record On-Time Graduation and dropout rates and more students both taking and performing better in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.

For more information about the state's VIP awards, visit the Virginia Department of Education website.

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