Academics are at the core of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, with a goal of having each student achieve his or her full academic potential by the time they graduate. Students are challenged to learn to communicate in world languages; explore and value the fine and practical arts; and understand the interrelationships of the countries and cultures of the world.

From early childhood through high school, VBCPS provides challenging and appropriate instruction in the core subjects -- language arts, math, science, and social studies -- including advanced academic programs, honors classes in high school, and enrichment programs. Elective classes are offered beginning in middle school, and all students are required to take a class in economics and personal finance prior to graduation. Fine and performing arts, physical education, and world languages are integral parts of each child's education, from elementary through high school.