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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. 

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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.

International Welcome Center (IWC)

641 Carriage Hill Rd Suite 233
Virginia Beach VA 23452

Phone: 757.263.2096


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