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Serving Our Military Families

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is proud to serve the many military families who work and live in our community. Approximately 25 percent of the school divisionís student population is comprised of active-duty, military-dependent youth, and VBCPS is committed to providing support, resources and enriching programs to enhance their educational experiences and support their families.

VBCPS is fortunate to partner with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which has awarded the school division multiple grants to support social, emotional, STEM and special education initiatives. From parental deployments to the academic and social challenges that come with changing schools, VBCPS strives to ensure families have the best resources possible to assist students in reaching their full potential.

This webpage is designed to provide information to military families that are relocating to Virginia Beach and have questions about registration, school locations, academic programs, graduation requirements and calendars. It has links to additional resources and contact information for military school counselors who can provide additional assistance to relocating or current VBCPS military families.

Military School Counselors

VBCPS employs two full-time military school counselors who are licensed school counselors primarily focused on supporting military-connected students as an extension of the school divisionís guidance and counseling program. They assist families and students of active duty military as well as students of retiree and reservist parents/guardians with deployment support, academic transition planning, military power of attorney evaluation and post-secondary planning. They also provide professional learning opportunities to school staff to better understand the unique needs of military-connected students and offer workshops to families regarding college options for military students.

Contact Information:

Starr Wiggins (view school assignments)
star.wiggins@vbschools.com
757-263-1980

Amanda Yoder (view school assignments)
amanda.yoder@vbschools.com
757-263-1980

Peer-to-Peer Transition Support

In addition to support from school counselors, administrators and teachers, military-connected students have opportunities for peer-to-peer transition support at each school level.

Elementary schools offer Anchored4Life, a program that provides resources and strategies to help military-connected students to connect with their peers and communities during transitions. Elementary schools also welcome new students with peer hosts who help military-connected students get acclimated to their new school.

Middle and high schools offer Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) and Student 2 Student (S2S) programs, respectively. The student-led programs are designed to help transitioning middle and high school students overcome the challenges of adjusting to a new school and to connect military-dependent and civilian youth throughout each school. Each JS2S and S2S mentor is trained in three modules: Finding the Way, Relationships, and Academics. From this training, school-based JS2S and S2S clubs are able to welcome incoming students to their new school and assist with preparing departing students for their next school. For more information, parents/guardians may contact their childís school or one of the military-connected school counselors.

Upcoming Events

The Art of Being a Military Child art contest – deadline Dec. 19
All VBCPS students in grades K-12 are invited to submit artwork for The Art of Being a Military Child art contest. Students’ two-dimensional entries must be related to being a military child and must be submitted by Dec. 19 to Natalie Meiggs in the school division’s Plaza Annex. Winning artwork and other select pieces will be displayed at Lynnhaven Mall throughout the month of April in recognition of the Month of the Military Child. Download the official entry form for contest details and paperwork required for each submission. For more information, contact Natalie Meiggs at 757-263-6856 or natalie.meiggs@vbschools.com.


Last Modified on Friday, November 3, 2017