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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.

How to Apply

The steps to apply are below. You must be in the 10th or 11th grade to apply.

  1. Discuss the Technical and Career Education Center (Tech Center) courses and opportunities with families.
  2. Review academic and career plans with school counselors to ensure Tech Center courses fit the diploma plan for on-time graduation.
  3. Click the button below for the Tech Center online application. Please ensure you click SUBMIT, or the application will not be complete. If you have any issues with the application, please send an email to the Tech Center School counselor at
  4. If the student prefers a paper application, visit the school counseling office in all VBCPS high schools to pick up and complete an application or download a fillable pdf application. Pick a primary and a secondary course. Please write a detailed essay for the reason the student desires placement in a Tech Center course describing why the student is interested in the course(s), how the student plans to use the knowledge and skills obtained at the Tech Center in the future, and details about prior experiences related to the desired course(s) of study. Submit the completed paper application to the home high school counseling office. The initial application deadline is 2/15/2024. Applications will be accepted after 2/15/2024 on a case by case basis.
  5. Attend Tech Center Open House 2/7/2024 @ 6:00PM. Attendance at open house is not an application requirement, but it is highly encouraged. Virtual or face to face is to be determined.
  6. Students accepted into Tech Center courses and students placed on the waiting list will be notified via the home high school counselor in the first week of March by meeting with the home high school counselor. At this time, accepted students must accept or decline their positions in class and change their 2024-2025 course schedules to reflect placement in their Tech Center course.

If there are any questions or concerns, please email Robert Marlin, or make contact by phone at 757.648.5850.