Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan - Compass to 2025

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is committed to preparing every child to be future ready with the goal of eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps so that all students maximize their potential. Our approach centers on the Graduate Profile, i.e., the skills and attributes students will develop during their PK-12 experience.

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Educational Excellence
Challenge and support ALL STUDENTS to excel in foundational literacies, core knowledge, and life skills

Challenge and support all students to excel academically by demonstrating the foundational literacies, core knowledge, and transferrable life skills outlined in the VBCPS Graduate Profile.


Equity emphasis:
Identify and address inequities in achievement outcomes by investigating and implementing best practices and seeking innovative solutions.


How we measure success:
All students meeting or exceeding academic standards and demonstrating attributes in the Graduate Profile

Student Well-Being
Support the physical and mental health of ALL STUDENTS and strengthen the social-emotional skills they need

Create an inclusive learning environment that supports the physical and mental health of all students and strengthens the social-emotional skills they need to become balanced, resilient learners who are personally and socially responsible.


Equity emphasis:
Engage in culturally responsive practices divisionwide. Identify and address inequities in discipline practices by investigating and implementing best practices and seeking innovative solutions.


How we measure success:
The social, emotional, and physical development of all students

Student Ownership of Learning
ALL STUDENTS make decisions throughout the learning process to help them find their passions and design their future

Engage all students in rigorous, authentic, and student-centered learning to help them identify their passions, take ownership of their learning, and create a plan for pursuing their postsecondary goals.


Equity emphasis:
Identify and address inequities in learning opportunities for students by investigating and implementing best practices and seeking innovative solutions.


How we measure success:
Increased number of engaged students graduating with an actionable plan for the future

An Exemplary, Diversified Workforce
The best place to work where the best people want to work

Foster a positive working climate that values and invests in a high-quality, diversified workforce who exemplify the division’s core values.


Equity emphasis:
Place a priority on recruiting, retaining, and promoting a workforce representative of our diverse student population.


How we measure success:
The quality, diversity, and satisfaction of our workforce

Mutually Supportive Partnerships
Make and build connections to support all students before and after graduation

Cultivate mutually supportive partnerships among families, schools, the division, businesses, military, faith-based, civic and city agencies to support student well-being, enhance real-world learning, and broaden opportunities for career exploration and experience.


Equity emphasis:
Strengthen connections and communication with families and students in most need of additional support.


How we measure success:
Robust and growing relationships that support student learning and promote family empowerment

Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency
Effective and efficient use of resources to support the division’s vision, mission, and strategic goals

Pursue the effective and efficient use of division resources, operations, and processes to support the division’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.


Equity emphasis:
Ensure equitable distribution of human, fiscal, and capital resources across the division.


How we measure success:
The efficient and equitable use of division resources

The work of Compass to 2025 points to a definitive objective of getting all students college and career ready. To that end, we have identified a set of attributes, referred to as our graduate profile, that we believe are critical for ensuring students are future ready. The graduate profile is intended to inspire, motivate, and guide the work of students, teachers, schools, and the division. Click here for a printable version.

All Students

A commitment to "all" students means identifying and addressing inequities in learning opportunities, discipline practices, and achievement outcomes; placing a priority on a diversified workforce; strengthening partnerships with families and students most in need of additional support; and ensuring the equitable distribution of human, fiscal, and capital resources across the division.