Skip To Main Content

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.

12th Graders

students in a classroom participating in a podcast

Seniors take:

  • Topical Research

  • Senior Independent Study: Internship Experiences with community partners


EcoSummit Senior Independent Study

All students within the program will complete an intensive one-year research project or senior internship focusing on a local sustainability issue. Through the independent study, students will have the opportunity to spend one year immersed in design thinking on a topic within the sustainable strand of their choice. The requirements of the independent study will be the same for all students, but the methods to complete the research project will be different based on the strand and student.

A goal of the independent study is to expose students to out-of-the-classroom design thinking experiences within our local community. Students' exposure to research and local, real-world, relevant field investigations will provide important educational opportunities. Students will design scientific studies and create potential sustainable solutions to local issues. The research project will culminate in an annual end-of-year Environmental Studies Program EcoSummit showcasing each senior's independent study work and each student's solutions or ideas to the local issue they focused on. The Environmental Studies Program EcoSummit will be delivered by students to members of the community, business and school officials.

For additional information contact Christopher Freeman, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator in the Department of Teaching and Learning.