VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Allen
Date: 12/5/22 Phone: 757.263.1313
News Release No. 006 Fax: 757.263.1010
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46 Virginia Beach schools honored with state award for supporting military families

For demonstrating a major commitment to supporting students and families connected to our nation's military, 46 Virginia Beach schools were named 2022-23 Virginia Purple Star schools. Awards are presented by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

"Virginia Beach is a military community," said Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "Every teacher, counselor and custodian - indeed all our staff here at Virginia Beach City Public Schools - is committed to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for all our students, including the thousands of our young learners who are part of military families. We are honored to serve them as they serve our country."

About 20% of students in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) are military-connected, meaning that they have active-duty family members or are military-dependent youth. Through military school counselors, the division provides families deployment support, academic transition planning and post-secondary planning. In addition, VBCPS maintains a strong partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and offers professional learning for staff to better understand the needs of military families.

VBCPS honorees are Arrowhead Elementary, Alanton Elementary, Bayside 6th Grade Campus, Bayside Middle, Bayside High, Brookwood Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Christopher Farms Elementary, Corporate Landing Middle, Creeds Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, First Colonial High, Glenwood Elementary, Green Run Collegiate, Green Run High, Holland Elementary, Independence Middle, Kempsville Meadows Elementary, Kempsville Middle, King's Grant Elementary, Landstown Elementary, Landstown High, Landstown Middle, Larkspur Middle, Luxford Elementary, Lynnhaven Middle, Ocean Lakes Elementary, Ocean Lakes High, Old Donation School, Pembroke Elementary, Pembroke Meadows Elementary, Plaza Middle School, Princess Anne Elementary, Princess Anne Middle, Providence Elementary, Red Mill Elementary, Rosemont Forest Elementary, Salem High, Salem Middle, Strawbridge Elementary, Tallwood High, Thalia Elementary, Thoroughgood Elementary, Three Oaks Elementary, Trantwood Elementary, and Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center.

These 46 honorees are the most ever for VBCPS. There are now a total of 75 schools and centers in VBCPS that have earned the Purple Star designation. Eight of the division's schools were honored in 2018, the first year the awards were presented.

Learn more about the Purple Star designation by visiting the VDOE website.


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