Throughout April, the Month of the Military Child, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) student artwork will be featured at Lynnhaven Mall. Now in its 11th year, "The Art of Being a Military Child" showcases students' artistic interpretations of what it means to be a military dependent, including deployments, transitions, patriotism, family and school. It is the culmination of a contest open to all VBCPS students to which more than 700 art entries were submitted.
An Achievable Dream Academy
An Achievable Dream has been operating successfully in Newport News for 25 years. Students who participate in this program have many additional opportunities for school success and develop social, academic and moral skills (Social, Academic and Moral Education; SAME) that help them become strong adults. The program provides an extended-day and year-round education with enrichment classes; field trips; the support of community partners and mentors who are dedicated to the welfare of students; and of course, high-quality academic instruction. In Newport News there is an An Achievable Dream Academy at the elementary level and a combined school at the middle and high school levels. The children who successfully graduate from An Achievable Dream are “sponsored” by a community partner that supports their college education.
In July of 2014, Seatack Elementary became the host of the An Achievable Dream academy. The academy is now a full K-5 program at Seatack.
In July of 2018, Lynnhaven Middle became the host of the middle school years program of the An Achievable Dream academy, with the first class of sixth-graders joining the school.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and An Achievable Dream Academy (AADA) expands its partnership as the design phase for a new addition at Lynnhaven MS (LMS) is officially underway. Construction of an approximately 25,000 square foot addition is slated to begin fall of 2021. This will be home to the first class of the Lynnhaven AADA High School Program, including 9th through 12th graders. The completion date for the new building is January of 2023.
The School Board entered into a contract with An Achievable Dream to start a program in Virginia Beach. Seatack Elementary School was selected as the home for many reasons.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools will house the middle school years program of An Achievable Dream Academy at Lynnhaven Middle School.
For more information about the program, visit achievabledream.org.