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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).

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.


Pre-K applications

Thank you for your interest in the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program. We accept applications from February 13 until June 3 for first-round placements. You may still apply from June 13 until October 1 for the waitlist. We will continue to place students as we have openings.

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Program Overview

Virginia Beach City Public Schools proudly 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 they become independent, enthusiastic and self-confident learners.

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; developing numeracy with a focus on numbers and number sense; and growing socially and emotionally. The program develops students' communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology when appropriate to support learning. Participation in the program encourages children to develop good habits and daily routines while teachers are encouraged to adopt child-centered instructional practices.

The Pre-K program is funded through a combination of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) grant, local funding and the Title I grant. VBCPS offers Pre-K in select schools across the division.