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Wellness Expo helps connect Virginia Beach families to valuable resources

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 9 meeting. For the 2023-24 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $16.3 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).

Family and Student Wellness Expo, Bayside High School Stadium, June 3, 2023, Noon to 3 PM, 4960 Haygood Rd, Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 9 meeting. For the 2023-24 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $16.3 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).

2023-24 federal grant information presented to Virginia Beach School Board

The Virginia Beach School Board received information about proposed federal grant applications at its May 9 meeting. For the 2023-24 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) would receive approximately $16.3 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).

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

For the 14th straight year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Model Partner

Students and staff of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) benefit from the support of over 1,000 community partners each year. Partnerships between community groups, businesses and schools are integral to public education in Virginia Beach. These partnerships are mutually supportive. They improve student wellness while enriching the relationship between schools, businesses, government agencies, faith-based groups and other organizations.

VBCPS moves forward with PPEA interim agreement beginning with community input sessions

With the recent approval of the interim PPEA (Public Private Education Act) agreement by the School Board and City Council, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is beginning the design process for the replacement of four of the division's oldest schools - Princess Anne High School, Bayside High School, Bayside Sixth Grade Campus and Bettie F. Williams Elementary - with three new school facilities. As part of the process, the school division and S.B. Ballard Construction Company's (SBBCC) PPEA team are inviting the community to a series of feedback sessions outlined below.

Our School

Brickell Academy (formerly known as Kemps Landing/Old Donation School) is a centralized, full-time, gifted school serving identified students in grades two through eight. Admission is application-based and requires that students meet the criteria for gifted identification in VBCPS.

The curriculum includes all school district learning objectives, the Virginia Standards of Learning and expands and extends the curriculum specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner. Specialized lessons and units include research and independent study as major components within each subject area.

Extra-curricular activities include options such as Future Problem Solving, yearbook, SCA, and other clubs in which students have special interest.

The current school was created in 2014 by the merger of Kemps Landing Magnet School and Old Donation Center.

Kemps Landing Background Information

Kemps Landing Magnet School opened its doors in September 1995 for academically gifted sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in Virginia Beach. As one of the options in Virginia Beach's gifted program, KLMS is an alternative program to which students may choose to apply. Academic rigor and challenge characterize the offerings at KLMS. Not only do students pursue topics at an accelerated pace, but they also explore course topics in greater depth and detail. The school has been created to provide a choice for gifted middle school students and their parents who seek greater academic challenges.

Old Donation Center Background Information

On March 17, 1998, the Virginia Beach School Board approved a redesigned gifted elementary school plan. This vote paved the way for 400 academically gifted students to attend a single-site gifted elementary school at the Old Donation Center. In addition, this new model includes resource teachers to work in each elementary school to provide differentiated gifted services.

The elementary gifted school increased enrollment to 500 students in the 1999-2000 school year. The gifted school for the arts, which includes the art and dance programs for students in grades 3 through 8, continues to be housed at Old Donation Center.