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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.


The dance strand of the Salem High School Performing Arts Academy is designed to provide talented male and female students the essential knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an exciting and successful career in the field of dance. The curriculum will encompass classes providing a strong foundation in ballet, modern and jazz. Master classes will be offered in a variety of disciplines such as tap, ballet, modern, jazz and ethnic dance forms. To further enhance the dancers understanding of their art, instruction will be provided in dance history, theory, critique, and related areas of interest.

The dance program is designed for serious performers who are dedicated to improving their craft through a balanced approach to instruction in performance, choreography, and critique. Students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in field trips to view local professional dance performances, Master Classes with guest artists, and a variety of workshops. Performances are an integral part of the program and will provide the student with an outlet for showcasing the development of their talents and abilities. In addition, participation in interdisciplinary courses and workshops will challenge dancers to broaden their knowledge base and strengthen their marketability in the field of performing arts. Upon completion of the dance program, participants will find that they are well-prepared for continued growth and involvement at the collegiate and professional levels.

The dance strand is pleased to offer rising 9th grade students, with an interest and dedication to the art of dance, the opportunity to participate in this exciting new part of the Academy offerings at Salem High School!

To learn more about the instructors, visit the VPAA Instructors page.