U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Kingston Elementary and Old Donation School as the No. 1 elementary and middle schools in Virginia. Old Donation School, which has students in grades two through eight and is the home of the Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics & Arts, was also ranked as the No. 2 elementary school in the state.
Old Donation School (ODS) is a centralized, full-time, gifted school serving identified students in grades two through eight. Admission is application-based and requires students to meet the criteria for gifted identification in VBCPS. The ODS curriculum expands and extends the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) curriculum specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner. The differentiated curriculum is designed using methods and resources for developing the abilities of gifted learners.
The middle school component requires all students to study a world language beginning in grade 6. In addition to these language credits, students receive credit toward graduation for Algebra I, Geometry and Earth Science upon successful completion of these courses. Because a world language is required of all students at the school, an extended day allows participation in an exploratory program. Students may participate in athletic sports teams in their neighborhood schools with transportation provided.