Annual School Report Cards

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to provide you with the 20th annual school report card, Campus Compass, which contains information about your child's school. Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) publishes annual school report cards to aid you in assessing the many aspects of your child's school and for evaluating success over time.

As in previous years, each report card contains information about student and staff characteristics, perceptions of educational quality, attendance and school performance. We continue to place an emphasis on student outcomes which extend beyond the traditional Standards of Learning assessment results. The annual school report card was redesigned last year to align directly with our strategic framework, Compass to 2020, and provides data related to outcome measures to ensure that every child is challenged and supported to reach his or her full potential. The Campus Compass provides data related to each of the four goal areas of the strategic framework: high academic expectations, multiple pathways for students, social-emotional development, and a culture of growth and excellence within the school division.

Compass to 2020 is an ambitious strategic framework, and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our schools to ensure that our students graduate with globally competitive skills. This kind of tireless commitment highlights the vision of VBCPS and has led to a number of accomplishments and public accolades. For example, earlier this school year, the division reported 100 percent full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation; record On-Time Graduation rates and its lowest dropout rates; and the highest SAT scores among school divisions in the Hampton Roads region. Additionally, the school division and 28 of its schools earned Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards, which are presented by Terry McAuliffe and the State Board of Education for exceeding state and federal accountability guidelines as well as achieving the excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board. VBCPS also has the only two 21st Century Learning Exemplar Schools in Virginia. This is a distinction given to schools across the nation that identify, document, promote and celebrate 21st century learning initiatives – all which are focused on preparing students for college, career and life.

Maintaining our school division's focus on continuous improvement depends on the support of students, teachers, staff, community and family members like you. We hope that you will continue to help us succeed through your commitment to your child's education and by taking an active role at your child's school.

If you have any questions about the contents of a specific school report card, please contact the school's principal or the Department of Planning, Innovation, and Accountability at 757.263.1199.

Aaron C. Spence, Ed.D.