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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 music strand of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy is comprised of two sub-strands: one vocal and choral and one instrumental which includes both band and orchestra. Students will be offered performance and classroom opportunities not typically offered at the high school level.

In addition to participation in a required ensemble within the strand, students may select from a wide variety of choral and instrumental ensembles. They may also select from a series of elective classes that will provide them with a comprehensive background in music theory, history, and performance. Seminars will be offered in relevant topics that will further assist students in preparing for college, a career in music, or in simply becoming a literate lifelong music enthusiast.

Beyond the classroom, students will be afforded numerous opportunities for individual and ensemble performance, attendance at professional music performances, and workshops with professional musicians. These opportunities allow students to immerse themselves in a music-rich environment.

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