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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

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. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Organization for Instruction 6-51.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 6-51.1

INSTRUCTION

Organization for Instruction

  1. Elementary Schools

    Elementary schools will be organized as self-contained classrooms in kindergarten through second grade. Any organization structure other than self-contained in kindergarten, first, and second grades must receive prior waiver approval from the Superintendent or designee.

    Grades three, four, and five may be organized as self-contained classrooms or blocked, depending upon the instructional needs and concerns of the students, with the final decision made by the principal. Schools that use a blocked organizational structure shall ensure that students change classes no more than twice, and have no more than three (3) teachers.

    Elementary schools shall not be organized by departments or use a departmentalized organizational structure. Elementary school principals are authorized to appoint members of the teaching staff as grade coordinators.

  2. Middle Schools

    Middle schools will be organized to accommodate team teaching. Middle School principals are authorized to appoint members of the teaching staff as team leaders.

  3. High Schools
    1. Department Chairpersons

      High schools will be organized by departments. The principal will appoint department chairpersons.

    2. A/B Hybrid Block Schedule

      All high schools will utilize a hybrid schedule that includes a combination of A/B and 4x4 classes to organize instructional time.

Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Revised by Superintendent: October 19, 1993
Revised by Superintendent: February 6, 1996
Revised by Superintendent: January 18, 2001
Revised by Superintendent: January 8, 2014
Revised by Superintendent: March 25, 2022