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Historical Overview

Additional historical information about a school may be found on its school website. Visit the "About Us" section of a school's website to read more about its history.

Special Purpose Centers

Adult Learning Center
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OVERVIEW
The Adult Learning Center is dedicated to providing adults a variety of affordable opportunities for lifelong learning. Adult education provides some unique answers to questions about the future.

The education and skills training acquired offer adults the edge in turning challenges into opportunities for real growth and change. The Adult Learning Center programs can also help with choosing a new path, sharpen existing skills, broaden horizons and set new goals.



Advanced Technology Center
Opening Date: 2002
First Principal: Dr. John W. Frossard
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OVERVIEW
The Advanced Technology Center is the result of a partnership between Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the City of Virginia Beach. The 137,000 square-foot, $22.5 million-dollar facility promises to be one of the most unique educational and training centers as it offers secondary and post-secondary students the highly technical training demanded of today's workforce. The City of Virginia Beach gave $12.5 million and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributed $10 million and also provided the land.

The center is located on the Virginia Beach Campus of Tidewater Community College, adjacent to the new Virginia Beach Higher Education Center operated by Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University, and across the street from Virginia Beach's Landstown High. The three adjoining facilities will create what city officials and the education community is calling an academic village for Virginia Beach.

The Advanced Technology Center will help the public schools and the community college meet projected enrollment figures for training in technology. It will also assist in addressing the demand among Hampton Roads' employers for a well-trained and educated workforce, especially in the area of advanced electronic technology.



Kemps Landing Magnet
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1969
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OVERVIEW
In the spring of 1995, an amazing transformation took place on the corner of Kempsville and Princess Anne Road. The joint efforts of city workers, an energetic staff, anxious parents and students worked to turn a vacated building back into a place of learning. Walls were painted, floors were scrubbed, weeds pulled and flowers planted and discarded furnishings from other buildings were cleaned and decorated to turn empty spaces into exciting classrooms. In just a few short weeks, from what was once a debris-laden, deteriorating structure, rose Kemps Landing Magnet School, one of the finest institutions of learning in the state of Virginia. In the six years the program occupied that facility, the staff and students adapted to and overcame the problems created by inadequate science facilities, limited electrical capacity, and a rippled gym floor. But now, those issues are behind them, and like the phoenix, they have risen to begin anew in their second home, 4722 Jericho Road. The dedication of their new building was held on Oct. 25, 2001.



Old Donation Center
Opening Date: 1965
First Principal: Grey Cassell
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OVERVIEW
The building was originally opened in January 1965 as Old Donation Elementary. On March 17, 1998, the Virginia Beach School Board approved a redesigned gifted elementary school plan. This vote paved the way for 400 academically gifted students to attend a single-site gifted elementary school at the Old Donation Center. In addition, this new model included resource teachers to work in each elementary school to provide differentiated instruction to those gifted students who participate in the resource cluster program. 

The elementary gifted school increased enrollment to 500 students in the 1999-2000 school year. The gifted school for the arts, which includes the art and dance programs for students in grades 3 through 8, continues to be housed at Old Donation Center.



Renaissance Academy
Opening Date: 2008
First Principal: Dr. Byron N. Williams
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OVERVIEW
The Renaissance Academy’s groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 17, 2007. It was dedicated Nov. 6, 2010, as the school division’s alternative education center serving students in grades 6-12. The facility earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for its design/construction.

The facility also houses a museum exhibit for the historic Union Kempsville School. Union Kempsville High closed after the integration of schools in 1969, when its students and staff transferred to other high schools in Virginia Beach. The museum is designed as a replicate of the auditorium in the former school. Curators from Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg, and museums in the state collaborated with Union Kempsville graduates to collect yearbooks, class rings, photographs and other artifacts to display in the museum.



Technical and Career Education Center
(formerly Virginia Beach Vocational Technical Education Center)
Opening Date: 1972
First Principal:
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OVERVIEW
The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center offers high school students the opportunity to combine academic and vocational preparation to achieve personal fulfillment, responsible citizenship, and economic self-sufficiency. While offering 23 occupational programs, the Tech Center prepares students for entry-level jobs and provides them with the ability to advance beyond entry-level positions.

Students are not only prepared for existing careers and occupations, but also for those which will be emerging during the coming decades.  In today’s extremely competitive job market, it is more important than ever to have a marketable skill.  Students who complete programs at the Tech Center have the option to enter the job market directly or to continue their studies at two-year or four-year colleges, community colleges, apprenticeship programs or professional technical institutions.

This center is a 120,000 square foot facility located on 40 acres of land costing over $2 million dollars.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017