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2024-25 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 14 meeting. For the 2024-25 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $21.1 million in formula grant funds through programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

2024-25 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 14 meeting. For the 2024-25 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $21.1 million in formula grant funds through programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

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.

Old Donation School

Old Donation School (ODS) is a centralized, full-time, gifted school serving identified students in grades two through eight. Admission is application based and requires students meet the criteria for gifted identification in VBCPS. The ODS curriculum expands and extends the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) curriculum specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner. The differentiated curriculum is designed using methods and resources for developing the abilities of gifted learners.

The middle school component requires all students to study a world language beginning in grade 6. In addition to these language credits, students receive credit toward graduation for Algebra I, Geometry and Earth Science upon successful completion of these courses. Because a world language is required of all students at the school, an extended day allows participation in an exploratory program. Students may participate in athletic sports teams in their neighborhood schools with transportation provided.

At Old Donation School, students who may be experiencing difficulties in their coursework are provided opportunities to develop strategies to be successful. Rarely, a change in placement of where students receive gifted services may result. When this occurs, the Senior Executive Director for Middle Schools will be notified in writing. However, students do not exit the gifted program. Every area of service (resource cluster, Old Donation School, and resource model at the high school level) consistently assesses the needs of the students and modifications are made accordingly in order to best meet the needs of the student. The VBCPS gifted program places an emphasis on transition points, elementary to middle, middle to high and neighborhood school to select school, to ensure students meet with success to minimize a need for a change in services.