VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Schleck
Date: 04/28/23 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 016 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Selects 2023 Model Partners

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.

Model partners were selected from nominations of exemplary school-community collaborations that support academic growth and social and emotional learning.

The Model Partners supply innovative programs that show:

  • Clearly articulated purpose.
  • Significant impact on students’ academic achievement and personal growth.
  • Documented results.
  • Mutual benefits.

The school division’s 2023 Model Partnerships are:

  • Glenwood Elementary School and Strike Fighter Squadron 106.
  • Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center and Beach Ford.
  • Centerville Elementary School and the AVID Program at Tallwood High School.
  • Kempsville High School and the Northampton and Haygood Chick-fil-A locations.
  • Landstown High School and Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering.
  • Cox High School and WE ARE VB.
  • Salem High School and WE ARE VB.

The partnerships provide everything from job experience to food security for students, and highly skilled future professionals for the Model Partners. Here is a sampling of what participants have to say:

  • “WE ARE VB gives students a chance to be on a level playing field.” - Carrie Pierce, assistant principal, Cox High School.
  • “We take our workplace readiness skills and technical skills that we learn in school and apply them at the Beach Ford Service internship. The mentorship benefits me inside and outside of the workplace.” - student, Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center.
  • “Without this alliance, we would not be able to provide additional support to our students, both academically and emotionally.” - Jayne Epaloose, school counselor, Glenwood Elementary School.

To learn more about these programs or related opportunities to support VBCPS, please contact Jennifer McGowan, school and community partnerships coordinator, at [email protected] or 757-263-1799.


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