2020-2021 Pre-K Registration Process

Apply by June 5, 2020

Phase I—

  • Families enter information into the online Supplemental Questionnaire by clicking on this link form to determine if they are tentatively eligible or ineligible for Pre-K. A notification email is sent to families by our Pre-K team with instructions for Phase II.

    If a family does not have access to the internet, they may call and leave a message at the Pre-K Registration Help Line at (757)-263-1614. A member from the Pre-K office will contact them to complete the questionnaire and Phase II of the process.

Phase II—

  • The Pre-K team will contact eligible families to set up virtual appointments (or other methods of communication) to verify information and confirm eligibility. Families are informed of Phase 3 procedures.

Phase III—

  • In late July, families will receive letters from VBCPS to inform them of placement in a class or on the waitlist. Also, families are provided with instructions and a list of documents to take to their assigned school to complete registration with the school registrar.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers a Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program to children with the greatest need at many elementary schools. Pre-Kindergarten is a full-day program that follows the VBCPS school calendar and school hours. The Pre-K program provides children with purposeful learning experiences to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten while also creating a strong educational foundation. Through the implementation of a developmentally-appropriate, hands-on curriculum, students will be engaged in learning literacy with a focus on phonemic awareness, language enrichment, letters/sounds, decoding and beginning reading and writing; numeracy with a focus on numbers and number sense; and social/emotional development. The program develops students’ communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology to support learning.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten. Rooted in Learning.


The Pre-K program is funded through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Title I grants awarded to the school division. Acceptance into the program is not on a first-come, first-served basis, and a limited number of Pre-Kindergarten spots are available.

Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the upcoming school year and reside in Virginia Beach, VA. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. In addition, students are selected based on the following VPI eligibility criteria and identified risk factors:

  • Family income (based on Federal Poverty Guidelines);
  • Parents have not completed high school;
  • Families lacking fixed, regular or adequate housing (homelessness); and
  • The child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Pre-K being the most appropriate setting

Other factors are also considered but have lower risk values.

Phase III Documentation: What to Bring to the School

Please fill out the application below to bring with you to the school if you receive a letter in July placing your child in the program. This form is also available at any VBCPS elementary school. If you are unable to bring the form with you, the school can provide one for you to complete when registering:

Click here for the Pre-kindergarten application
  • A photo ID
  • Current lease/mortgage agreement
  • Current utility bill (gas, electric or water bill)
  • Child’s certified birth certificate (original document)
  • A copy of a current Physical/immunization examination report completed within one year prior to the start of the Pre-Kindergarten school year. (All students who are accepted to the program must provide this report to the school if it is not available at the application session to complete registration.)

You may also need (if applicable):

  • VBCPS Shared Housing form --Shared housing situations where a family lives in another person’s home without a lease or rental agreement require:
    • The VBCPS Shared Housing Form, signed and notarized
    • Lease/mortgage of homeowner (copy for file)
    • Your driver’s license showing the current address (copy for file)
    • Current utility bill of homeowner (copy for file)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Court ordered custody documents
  • Custody Registration Form (for anyone assigned custody other than the biological parents)
  • Kinship Care Form (required if an adult relative is providing care to the child without assigned custody)

Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Sites

The classroom sites for the 2020-2021 school year will be located in the following schools:

  • Arrowhead Elementary
  • Bayside Elementary
  • Birdneck Elementary
  • Christopher Farms Elementary
  • College Park Elementary
  • Cooke Elementary
  • Diamond Springs Elementary
  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Holland Elementary
  • Kempsville Elementary
  • Kempsville Meadows Elementary
  • Linkhorn Park Elementary
  • Luxford Elementary
  • Lynnhaven Elementary
  • Malibu Elementary
  • Ocean Lakes Elementary
  • Parkway Elementary
  • Pembroke Meadows Elementary
  • Providence Elementary
  • Rosemont Elementary
  • Salem Elementary
  • Shelton Park Elementary
  • Three Oaks Elementary
  • Trantwood Elementary
  • White Oaks Elementary
  • Windsor Woods Elementary

Eligible students who live within the attendance zone of a school with Pre-K classes are considered first.


Bus transportation is available if you live within the Pre-K school zone. If you live outside the Pre-K school’s zone, you will have to provide on-time, daily transportation to the school. Occasionally, cluster buses will be available for out-of-zone students, but those change yearly based upon registration and are not available for every school zone. If you are out of zone, please expect to provide transportation.

Contact Information

With any questions regarding the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 757-263-1492 or email

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