U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Kingston Elementary and Old Donation School as the No. 1 elementary and middle schools in Virginia. Old Donation School, which has students in grades two through eight and is the home of the Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics & Arts, was also ranked as the No. 2 elementary school in the state.
641 Carriage Hill Rd Suite 233
Virginia Beach VA 23452
The International Welcome Center will support English learner families as they transition to the U.S.A. and Virginia Beach, provide information regarding school and community resources, provide screening of students to determine if they qualify for English language acquisition services, help facilitate the registration process, review international transcripts, assist with enrolling students in appropriate high school courses, and support the on-time graduation of high school English learners.
The mission of the International Welcome Center is to provide assistance and support to new English learners' families transitioning to Virginia Beach City Public Schools. The staff at the International Welcome Center will assist new families with the registration process, English language proficiency screening, connections to school/community resources, and academic records review of new students to ensure a seamless transition to a comprehensive school setting.
At the International Welcome Center, we are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to new English learner students transitioning to Virginia Beach, and we are dedicated to supporting their academic journey to ensure they are college and career ready according to the attributes of the VBCPS graduate profile.
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- Support the registration process for English Learner (EL) families transitioning to the U.S.A./Virginia Beach.
- Schedule the student's English language proficiency assessment (WIDA Screener).
- Review international transcripts/academic records to facilitate appropriate high school course placement.
- Connect families with school/community resources.
- Provide support to EL high school students to help ensure they meet graduation requirements.
Parents/guardians will begin the enrollment process at their designated school and be referred to the International Welcome Center if needed.
Office of K-12 & Gifted Programs
Department of Teaching and Learning
Director: Dr. Crystal Wilkerson, NBCT
Coordinator: Title III, English Learner - Kathleen Cahoon-Newchok
English Learner Instructional Specialist – Shannon Leonard
Bilingual Office Associate – Balezka Cruz
Bilingual School Counselor - Julie Melendez
Bilingual Family Outreach Representative - Alberto Nájera
Family Outreach Representative - Nikeia Pittman
ESL Test Examiner - Elizabeth Heischober
ESL Test Examiner - Patty Jack
ESL Test Examiner - Patti Anderson