Tenth Grade

The 10th-grade year offers students a variety of options for expanding their academic horizons beyond the core content areas into more specialized and technical courses available at the Advanced Technology Center and the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center. Students also have more opportunities to enroll in online courses.


As students progress through high school, describing the typical course sequences becomes more difficult because of the vast number of opportunities available. Tenth-grade students can expect to enroll in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and elective courses. To learn more about the courses available to high school students read our secondary curriculum guides.

Tenth-grade students continue to work with their school counselor on their academic and career plan (ACP) to help guide course and program selections throughout their high school years. Tenth-grade students should expect to receive information concerning the number of credits they have accumulated and their current GPA as a way of monitoring the extent to which they are on course for completing the requirements for graduation and the course sequence most closely aligned to their area of interest beyond high school.

At the discretion of their parents and guardians, 10th-grade students may also participate in Family Life Education (FLE), a state-endorsed program that includes age-appropriate instruction in family living and community relationships as well as how to cope with peer pressure and the stresses of modern living. Learn More

Planning Ahead

What you should know about:

  • Using the Academic and Career Plan as a map to the future
    To make the most of the opportunities available in high school and help prepare students for their chosen area of interest, a series of course sequences have been identified that map on to various career clusters. The course sequences serve as a guide for scheduling courses that support students� future endeavors. Students will continue to work with their school counselors to review and update their four-year academic and career plan (ACP) for high school that includes graduation requirements for each diploma option. A student�s ACP is reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect the needs and interests of the student based on the diploma option. Learn More
  • Pursuing a specific area of student through an Academy, Advanced Academic, or Specialty Program
    The 11th-grade year offers students a variety of options for expanding their academic horizons beyond the core content areas into more specialized and technical courses available at the Advanced Technology Center and the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center. Students may also take advantage of a wide variety of technical and career education courses offered at their home school. Whether a student chooses a center or home school path, these courses provide students with the opportunity to gain important workplace readiness and industry certifications. Career and technical education courses allow students to extend their learning by providing students with co-curricular clubs, job shadowing, internship, or cooperative work experiences.

    Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible to attend the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. Students must complete an application and audition for the intensive programs in dance, music, musical theatre, theatre and visual arts. The applications are available from the school all year and are typically due in December with the adjudication process taking place in January. Students take academic classes at their regular high schools in the morning and attend the Governor�s School for the Arts for three hours every afternoon during the regular school year. For each year they attend, students may earn three credits. Learn More
  • Enrolling in online courses
    Throughout the high school years, students have the option of enrolling in an online course to fulfill credit requirements. Online courses are available over the summer for a fee or during the regular school year free of charge. Taking an online course can potentially create more space in a student�s schedule and can be a great way to practice time management skills. All online courses address the same content as their traditional face-to-face versions but are delivered over the internet through a learning management system. This requires daily access to a computer and a high-speed internet connection. Learn More
  • Earning college credit through Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses
    Each of the high schools offer advanced courses through the Advanced Placement program and Dual Enrollment courses. These opportunities may result in students earning college credit while in high school, depending on exam or course performance. The Advanced Placement Program is administered through the College Board and provides students access to college level courses. These courses are delivered at the students� home school and may also be available through Virtual Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education�s online program. In the Dual Enrollment Program, students may take courses that allow them to meet requirements for high school graduation while at the same time earning college credit through Tidewater Community College. Learn More
  • Beginning the college search and application process
    The 11th-grade year is an important year for preparing to go to college after high school. Students should plan to start researching colleges, attending college fairs, and meeting with college recruiters who may visit their school. Students should also plan to take a college placement exam, such as the SAT or ACT, and may choose to do so multiple times to become familiar with the test and to improve their scores.
  • Preparing for a future in the military
    Students interested in pursuing a future in the military should explore the various branches and types of services available (i.e., enlisted or officer) and learn more about the entrance requirements specific to each branch and type of service. After deciding on a branch and type of service, meeting with a recruiter is the best way to learn more about preparing to enter the military. Students who are 16 years of age or older are eligible to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a required assessment for students interested in serving as an enlisted member in one of the branches of the military. Students should speak to their school counselors to find out when recruiters will be visiting the school or to arrange to meet with a recruiter. Learn More