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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

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.

For more information about the program, visit