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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.

On-Time Graduation Rate

Beginning with the students who entered the ninth grade in 2004-05, Virginia began tracking individual students over the four years of a traditional high school career to determine the percentage who graduate on time. The On-Time Graduation Rate was prompted by a 2005 National Governors Association (NGA) task force report that recommended all states adopt a graduation rate to measure on-time graduation, with most students expected to earn a diploma in four years.

The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated this way: The number of students who earned a diploma in 2008 will be divided by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2004-05 (plus transfers in and minus transfers out). To help our community understand the significance of the On-Time Graduation Rate, a question and answer fact sheet has been developed.

Question and Answer Fact Sheet

How many different ways does the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) calculate graduation rates?

The VDOE reports the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate, the Graduation & Completion Index, the Virginia Federal Graduation Indicator and the Virginia Unadjusted Graduation Rate.