U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Kingston Elementary and Old Donation School as the No. 1 elementary and middle schools in Virginia. Old Donation School, which has students in grades two through eight and is the home of the Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics & Arts, was also ranked as the No. 2 elementary school in the state.
Students interested in attending one of the school division's academy programs and/or advanced academic program are required to submit an application. Each program has specific application requirements.
January 8, 2024 is the deadline for all VBCPS students to submit their applications online and for non-VBCPS students to submit their application to the appropriate coordinator of the program(s) to which they are applying. VBCPS students who wish to apply for an academy program must use the online application process which will be available on Friday, October 13, 2023. To log into the system, please use the following link: https://academyapplication.vbcps.com.
VBCPS students will log in with their VBCPS student credentials to create an initial application and to check on the status of their application throughout the process. Students that wish to apply that are not VBCPS students may email Brittany Williams to request the application be sent to them. Application links will be available on October 13, 2023. Timelines related to the selection and appeal process are available on the Application Timelines web page.
During the selection process, each program will establish a waiting list of students in the event that a student who is offered a position chooses not to accept or transfers prior to the start of the school year. The waiting list will remain active only until the last business day prior to the first day of school. Students must re-apply for consideration for the next school year.
The Middle School-International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) Plaza Middle application process has a separate timeline for applications and deadlines. Please refer to the Applications Timeline for dates specific to this program.
The Environmental Studies Program also has a different timeline for applications and deadlines. Please refer to the Applications Timeline for dates specific for this program.