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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.

Horticulture Science


Are you a creative person who loves to be outside? Check out Horticulture Science , a one-year, three credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the Horticulture industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on real equipment , and you will even have the opportunity earn highly regarded Industry Certifications!

This one-year course is for students interested in pursuing a career in the horticulture industry.  This program focuses on maintaining turfgrass in public areas, safe management and operation of gas-powered equipment, and exploring the fields of hydroponics, greenhouse operations, integrated pest management, and landscaping.  Students will be able to select and grow plants that are later sold as part of a school-based enterprise.  Students gain additional employment skills by having the opportunity to participate in local internships.  Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Virginia Registered Pesticide Technician, Virginia Fertilizer Applicator, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional- Associate, OSHA 10 Safety, and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Right now students in Horticulture Science are working on:

Growing a variety of indoor and outdoor plants in the school greenhouses.

Participating in hands-on projects in the community, such as at the Virginia Aquarium.

Field trips to: Local nurseries, landscaping companies, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and TCC where they learn about different career opportunities and job responsibilities.

In addition to going straight to the work force, our graduates have many options after successfully completing their courses! Further your education at a community college, technical school or universities such as:

  • TCC: AAS in Horticulture
  • Virginia Tech: AAS in Agricultural Management, AAS in Landscape and Horticulture Science, BS in Horticulture


  • Greenhouse or Nursery Grower
  • Interiorscape Designer
  • Landscape Supervisor or Foreman
  • Sports field manager
  • Golf Course Manager or Supervisor
  • Groundskeeper for Municipalities or Public Gardens
  • Or Grow your own business!


All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Horticulture Science!


The following organizations are a sampling of those who have employed our students as interns in Horticulture Science positions:

  • Virginia Tech Experimental Station: Groundskeepers, Turf Research Assistants
  • McDonald’s Garden Center- Plant Care, Sales Associate
  • City of Virginia Beach, Landscape Management- Groundskeeper
  • Honey Bee Golf Course: Groundskeeper Assistant

Instructor: Laurie Yates