Military Families

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is proud to serve the many military families who work and live in our community. Approximately 25 percent of the school division’s student population is comprised of active-duty, military-dependent youth, and VBCPS is committed to providing support, resources and enriching programs to enhance their educational experiences and support their families.

VBCPS is fortunate to partner with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which has awarded the school division multiple grants to support social, emotional, STEM and special education initiatives. From parental deployments to the academic and social challenges that come with changing schools, VBCPS strives to ensure families have the best resources possible to assist students in reaching their full potential.

This webpage is designed to provide information to military families that are relocating to Virginia Beach and have questions about registration, school locations, academic programs, graduation requirements and calendars. It has links to additional resources and contact information for military school counselors who can provide additional assistance to relocating or current VBCPS military families.

Military School Counselors

VBCPS employs two full-time military school counselors who are licensedschool counselors primarily focused on supporting military-connected students as an extension of the school division’s guidance and counseling program. They assist families and students of active duty military as well as students of retiree and reservist parents/guardians with deployment support, academic transition planning, military power of attorney evaluation and post-secondary planning. They also provide professional learning opportunities to school staff to better understand the unique needs of military-connected students and offer workshops to families regarding college options for military students.

Contact Information:

Rebecca Davila

Stefanie Hall

Peer-to-Peer Transition Support

In addition to support from school counselors, administrators and teachers, military-connected students have opportunities for peer-to-peer transition support at each school level.

Elementary schools offer Anchored4Life (A4L), a program that provides resources and strategies to help military-connected students to connect with their peers and communities during transitions. Elementary schools also welcome new students with peer hosts who help military-connected students get acclimated to their new school.

Middle and high schools offer A4Land Student 2 Student (S2S) programs, respectively. The student-led programs are designed to help transitioning middle and high school students overcome the challenges of adjusting to a new school and to connect military-dependent and civilian youth throughout each school. For more information, parents/guardians may contact their child’s school or one of the military-connected school counselors.

Military Highlights