Great Neck and Salem Middle schools in Virginia Beach have once again received distinction as AVID National Demonstration Schools. This elite designation has been awarded to only 200 of 8,000 AVID schools in the United States and around the world. AVID National Demonstration Schools exhibit a college and career readiness culture through rigor and high expectations for all students throughout the school.
As the largest school division in the region, Virginia Beach City Public Schools understands the importance of conserving resources and protecting our environment. Testimony to our commitment, among the nearly 65,000 students and approximately 14,000 full and part-time employees, are the often unique and innovative conservation efforts that can be found in every office and school building in the division. We are proud to include as many sustainable efforts as possible into our new buildings as we strive to protect our future.
Brock Center Classroom
John B. Dey Elementary
Old Donation School Grades 2-8
Floyd E. Kellam High School
Virginia Beach Middle
Princess Anne Middle
FACE Welcome Center
Our Three Sustainable Goals
Goal 1: Develop a sustainable building infrastructure.
Any new or renovated building will be designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver rating at a minimum. To date, buildings that have earned or are projected to earn a LEED rating include:
- Hermitage Elementary CERTIFIED
- Virginia Beach Middle SILVER
- Pupil Transportation Services Maintenance Facility PLATINUM
- Windsor Oaks Elementary SILVER
- Great Neck Middle GOLD
- Renaissance Academy GOLD
- Kellam High SILVER
- College Park Elementary PLATINUM
- Old Donation School GOLD
Goal 2: Integrate sustainable practices throughout the school division.
In 2006, a Sustainable School Committee (SSC) was formed to meet on a regular basis for the purpose of monitoring and making recommendations regarding sustainability within the school division. Members serving on this committee are from various departments throughout the division and are committed to fostering the principles of environmental, economic and social stewardship through the incorporation of sustainable practices. Read more about our Environmentally Sustainable Practices policy.
Goal 3: Educate the public about the importance of sustainability.
Each school has a Sustainable School Liaison (SSL) tasked with increasing sustainability awareness throughout the school division. Through their leadership, many of our elementary, middle and high schools have developed programs or clubs addressing the issue of sustainability.
Making a Difference
Recycling material is collected at each school. Every classroom and every office has a blue bin for recycling. Recycling is tracked at each school and listed on an excel spread sheet. Since September 2008, the school division has diverted more than 11,386 tons from the waste stream which is equivalent to saving:
- 193,562 trees
- 4.3 million gallons of oil
- 34,152 cubic yards of landfill space
- 45.5 million kilowatts of energy (enough to power 5,693 homes for one year)
- 79.7 million gallons of water