The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
Curriculum Documents 6-23
School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
- Curriculum Guide
The purpose of the curriculum guide is to provide a coherent and comprehensive plan for teaching and learning built upon a framework that moves students toward learning goals. Each curriculum guide is composed of course objectives and comprehensive/interrelated units of study, based on the Virginia Beach City Public Schools framework. Separate documents will be developed for each course at the following levels: elementary school, middle school and senior high school.
These guides will be developed and include the following framework components:
- Philosophical assumptions guiding curriculum development in the subject area
- General goals or outcomes for the subject area
- Applicable National and state standards
- Instructional objectives for the subject area
- Pacing guides
- Suggestions for planning, teaching and assessing
- Suggestions for use of basic and supplemental instructional materials and equipment
- Suggestions for use of of digital programs and resources referenced in the curriculum
- Parent/Legal Guardian, Adult Student Document
Parent/legal guardian, adult student (hereinafter “parent”) documents will be developed for each grade level at the elementary level and each course at the secondary level. The documents will be available to parents online at VBschools.com. Hard copies of the documents will also be available at each school upon request. The purpose of the parent document is to share information about the curriculum to be taught in a particular grade level or course. At the secondary level, the document will include prerequisites for enrolling in a course as well as the possible course sequence upon completion of a course.
- Curriculum Guide
The curriculum guide will be distributed to building administrators and teachers. Curriculum guides and parent documents will be maintained in all instructional areas. Curriculum will be reviewed annually by the Department of Teaching and Learning.
These guides shall be developed by curriculum committees under the direction of subject area coordinators and instructional specialists. The basic objectives shall be clear and measurable. Programs and courses shall be flexible enough to provide for the wide range of needs of individual students.
Teachers and principals are responsible for ensuring that program content outlined in curriculum guides is delivered.
The Superintendent shall annually budget, and the School Board will support, to the extent financially feasible, funds to be used in developing these important documents.
School Board Policy 6-21
Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006
Amended by School Board June 16, 2009
Amended by School Board: October 11, 2022