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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What school will my child attend?

The school your child will attend is determined by the address where you reside. Except under special circumstances, students are assigned to a school in the attendance zone in which they live according to School Board Policy 5-14 and Regulation 5-14.1. A parent requesting assignment to another school must submit a Student Placement Request Form with supporting documents.

When does the school year begin and end?

VBCPS begins each school year after Labor Day and ends each school year in mid-June. Visit the calender page for detailed information.

What documents will I need to register my child for school?

  • two proofs of residence/address (lease agreement/mortgage statement and current gas, electric or water bills)
  • certified birth certificate
  • physical examination report (for elementary students only)
  • current immunization records
  • Social Security number
  • two current emergency contact phone numbers
  • previous school report card/progress report (if applicable)

Please note: Physical exams must be completed prior to attending school. There will be no grace period given. Should you have a problem getting a physical, please contact a School Liaison Officer for assistance.

What is the entrance age for kindergarten? Are there exceptions? Do you have full-day kindergarten?

In Virginia children must be five years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year to enroll in kindergarten. If a military-connected child transfers from a state that allows students to start kindergarten prior to that time and the child was enrolled and attending kindergarten, the child will be allowed to continue their enrollment regardless of age.

VBCPS does offers half-day kindergarten in most schools. The VBCPS Title I schools identified as school wide programs, however, provide full-day kindergarten. Teachers provide an intensive instructional program that focuses on language arts and mathematics, using a variety of instructional materials and strategies and providing small group and individualized instruction.

My child currently receives gifted services, what services does Virginia Beach offer?

Gifted services are available in Virginia Beach City Public Schools at all levels through both site-based and city-wide programs.

What type of scheduling do the middle and high schools use?

VBCPS follows a Hybrid A/B and 4x4 schedule.

Can military affiliated students transferring to Virginia Beach City Public Schools still apply to academy programs?

Yes. If a military family receives official orders transferring them to Virginia Beach, these military affiliated students may still apply under the Interstate Military Compact provided they meet the residency requirement.

What is your average class size?

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach Policy 6-52 states that in general, the student-teacher ratio in a class shall fall within the limits set by the Virginia Board of Education and by the recommendations of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. However, inadequate funding or changing enrollment patterns may force an increase in class size.

In general, the School Board desires a small class size for students in kindergarten, in the primary grades and in courses requiring close supervision of the students. A larger than normal class size may be permitted in classes that lend themselves to effective large group instruction.

The number of students in a class shall depend upon the subject to be taught, instructional organization and techniques and the financial capabilities of the school division.

Legal References:

Code of Va., 22.1-253.13:1, as amended. Standard 1. Instructional programs supporting the Standards of Learning and other educational objectives.

Code of Va., 22.1-253.13:2, as amended. Standard 2. Instructional, administrative, and support personnel.

Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993) Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006

Do you have a peer welcoming program for new students to help my children adjust to their new school?

All VBCPS high schools and middle schools have organized or are in the process of organizing Student to Student (S2S) and Jr. Student to Student (JS2S) Programs. Many of the elementary schools also offer ambassador programs. Please contact the school your child will be attending for specific details on their peer welcoming program.

What is your homeschooling policy?

Virginia Beach City Public Schools' staff will assist you with the necessary steps to take in order to provide home instruction. The information included on this link, guides you through the process in order to ensure that your child or children have the necessary resources for a successful home instruction experience.


Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017