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Twelve Standout Schools in Hampton Roads

Congratulations to  Tabb , Jamestown Grafton and Poquoson High Schools for being recognized by Hampton Roads Magazine among the twelve best public high schools in Hampton Roads for the 2012 school year!

imageBased on the statistics compiled by the magazine  in their high school stats chart, and with academics (AP test taking percentages and SOL scores) weighted slightly more heavily than dropout rates and behavioral offences,

Below are their top five best public high schools in the Hampton Roads region for the 2012 school year.


4431 Big Bethel Rd., Yorktown

District: York County Schools
Awards: Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence (2011); Virginia Board of Education’s Competence to Excellence Award (2010); more than 20 state athletic championships
Standout programs: The York County School of the Arts, a program in the fine arts, provides students with an education comparable to the math and science opportunities offered by the Governor’s School for Science and Technology. Through the Virtual Learning Program, students engage in curriculum that blends online and offline learning experiences.

3751 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg

District: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

Awards: Second-highest ranked high school in the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek’s listing of America’s Best High Schools; 63 percent of 2012 graduates enrolled in four-year colleges or universities.
Standout programs: Students may enroll in concurrent courses at The College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson Community College. Dual enrollment credit is offered for many technical and academic classes, with some technical courses leading to industry certification.

4400 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach

District: Virginia Beach City Schools

Awards: Maintains its place as the highest ranked high school in Virginia Beach as well as the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek’s listing of America’s Best High Schools.
Standout programs: Home of Virginia Beach’s International Baccalaureate program, designed to meet the highest standards required of any high school in the world. The prestigious program offers a rigorous, comprehensive approach to learning in the last two years of secondary school. The school also hosts the Virginia Beach center for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

2007 Grizzly Trail, Chesapeake

District: Chesapeake City Public Schools
Awards: Principal Carolyn Bernard received the prestigious 2013 AdvancED Virginia Excellence in Education Award.
Standout programs: Governor’s STEM Academy operates as a school-within-a-school and features a cutting-edge curriculum especially designed for students with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Students have multiple opportunities for taking advanced courses and sampling special programs such as mentorship and internship.

2425 Shorehaven Dr., Virginia Beach

District: Virginia Beach City Schools

Awards: More than $3 million in scholarship money awarded to graduating seniors in June 2011; Virginia High School League Wachovia Cup for outstanding academic and athletic achievement has been awarded to the school more than any other school in the state.
Standout programs: The school has won 40 state athletic titles overall. Blue ribbon awards were also given for the music program, student newspaper and student yearbook.

Other local schools in the honor roll list of Hampton Roads Magazine included:

Maury High,
Salem High,
Virginia Beach
First Colonial High,
Virginia Beach
Hickory High,
Grafton High,
Poquoson High,
Great Bridge High,


Statistics were gleaned from the Virginia Department of Education website: www.DOE.Virginia.Gov

This article appears in full in the February 2013 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine.

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Kudos to areas schools !

The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 46 schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 school years.

West Point Public Schools earned the Highly Distinguished Title I School Division designation by exceeding all federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) achievement objectives for two consecutive years and having all schools fully accredited for two consecutive years. .

The schools recognized include four York County Schools, One in James City Co/Williamsburg and one in Portsmouth for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. Bethel Manor Elementary Schools is one of just nine schools statewide to earn the recognition as a Title Highly Distinguished School for exceeding all state and federal accountability benchmarks and achieve average scores on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in English and mathematics at or above the 85th percentile. 37 more schools were named Title I Distinguished schools for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for and achieving average reading and mathematics SOL scores at 60th percentile or higher, including: D.J. Montague Elementary, Dare Elementary, Seaford Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary and Victory Elementary.. The awards are based upon student achievement on state assessments during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 school years. A full listing of schools recognized this year is available on the VDOE website.

“The success of the teachers and students in these schools is particularly noteworthy given the challenging new mathematics SOL tests that were introduced during the 2011-2012 school year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said.

Each school and division will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.

Interview with York County Schools Superintendent

For students attending York County Virginia schools  technology and content are integrated seamlessly into life-changing, serviced-based learning projects. With a higher purpose driving them, students not only learn their  curriculum-driven subject matter, they also master the 21st century skills they’ll need to succeed throughout life. And they stay engaged long after the assignment is due.

Eric Williams, York County School Superintendent , a former Social Studies teacher and principal, promotes providing students with opportunities to make a difference locally, nationally, and globally through project-based learning. He says it’s never too early to start students on this path, citing third graders in his district who were charged with a difficult decision: how to invest real charitable dollars allocated to Oxfam. The students experimented with different fertilizer types, Skyped with experts and ultimately made a decision based on their findings.  “So much can be accomplished when you combine service learning with learning content,” Williams says.

Read the rest of the interview here

Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions

2012 Virginia Index of Performance Awards Announced

Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced today that 447 schools and two school divisions earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“I congratulate the educators in these schools and divisions for their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and to the success of their students,” McDonnell said. “They put students first and maintain high expectations for instruction, learning and student achievement.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2012 VIP awards – which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2010-2011 – include:

  • 86 Virginia schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • 188 schools and two school divisions that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award;
  • 171 schools earned the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award; and
  • 2 schools that earned the Board of Education Rising Star Award.

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Grafton Bethel Elementary Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

blue ribbon schoolGrafton Bethel Elementary School in York County was honored Thursday as one of  the 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A total of nine schools in Virginia and 304 schools across the country received the designation, which includes 254 public schools and 50 private ones.

The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 15-16 in Washington. The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement especially among disadvantaged and minority students.

Virginia’s other  winners were Bellevue Elementary School in Richmond, Cleveland Elementary School in Cleveland, Eureka Elementary School in Keysville,  Highland County 6-12 School in Monterey, Lincoln Elementary School in Purcellville, Patrick Springs Primary School in Patrick Springs, St. Ambrose Catholic School in Annandale and St. Theresa School in Ashburn.

Williamsburg/ James City County Schools SOL Tests All Time high Score 2008-2009

Students attending Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools achieved all-time highs on their Standards of Learning (SOL) test results in every subject tested by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009.

Superintendent Gary Mathews stated “We are most pleased with the overall long-term trends now under way which have resulted in all-time highs in every subject tested by the state, This is especially a tribute to our students and faculty given that the federal pass standard in reading and math has increased by 4 percentage points in each subject for each of the past three school
years. As for the NCLB Graduation Indicator, we still have work to do,” concluded Dr. Mathews. 2009-10 NCLB ratings are based on 2008-09 SOL results, graduation, and attendance.

The annual achievement goals are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which provides funds and support for low income and academically at risk students. Virginia uses pass rates on its Standards of Learning reading and math tests for the AYP goals, which rise each year until 2014, when all students are expected to pass the tests. This year’s target pass rates increased 4 percentage points, from 77 percent to 81 percent in English and from 75 percent to 79 percent in math. Students in grades 3-8 and high school take the state-required multiple choice tests each year.
Schools and districts must report AYP results for all students in a school or grade, as well as subgroups of students the federal law considers considered academically at risk. These include low-income students, minority students, special education students and students learning English for the first time.
Schools that fail to meet the targets two or more years in a row are subject to sanctions ranging from offering students transfers to better performing schools and tutoring paid for by the district to more stringent steps specified in the law, up to reorganizing or closing schools.

This year, public schools throughout the Historic Triangle plugged along and made progress, although in Williamsburg James City County schools it was a handful of students whose failure to achieve meant the division as a whole did not earn AYP.

According to data released by W-JCC schools the division missed making AYP in reading by 13 students, four of whom are black and nine who have limited English proficiency.

The division’s biggest success was at D.J. Montague Elementary, where the staff faced possible sanctions because of failure to progress. Their students’ achievement this year was reflected in much higher, statistically significant scores in four of five subject areas.

W-JCC Superintendent Gary Mathews singled out the students and staff at Montague for praise.

He said the school "avoided possible reconstitution of the faculty and staff. This was certainly a heavy burden before D.J. and they passed with flying colors as we predicted a year ago. I continue to have great confidence in Principal Sammy Fudge and the entire D.J. faculty and staff."

In York County, 15 of the division’s 19 schools made AYP, with middle schools again proving the sticking point. Division-wide, York schools did earn AYP.

"All YCSD schools have earned full accreditation since the 2002-03 school year," said superintendent Eric Williams. "That is quite an accomplishment."

Like in W-JCC schools, specific subgroups of students in the four middle schools were identified as needing improvement to pass.

The school division earlier this year announced it would implement several changes at the middle schools beginning this fall. Among them are a new math program, block scheduling and a revised K-12 writing model.

Fifty-nine of the state’s 132 school divisions made AYP this year. Locally, that includes Poquoson City Schools.

Complete results, viewable by school division, are available here.

A breakdown of Williamsburg- James City County schools’ performance is available at the division’s website.

Hampton Roads School Links Public and Private

If you are thinking of moving or relocating to Hampton Roads Virginia and want to contact any of the private or public schools in the regions the links are provided below.



I would also recommend visiting www.SchoolMatters.com to compare schools around the area.

Public School Links Hampton Roads Virginia

Private Schools in Hampton Roads Virginia

Colleges/Universities in Hampton Roads Virginia

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Williamsburg/ James City County Schools ” Quality School District

Williamsburg, James City County , Virginia —An intensive three-day review of WJC Schools earned the division a ranking as a “quality school district.” WJC agreed to the review to gain

accreditation from the AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges &

Schools (SACS)/ Council on Accreditation & School

Improvement, which accredits more than 13,000 school districts

internationally. The process is strictly voluntary since Virginia has its

own accreditation system.

A team of eight educators from school districts across the nation performed the

review. The group interviewed more than 500 people, among them 267 teachers,

parents, community and business representatives, support staff, students administrators

and school board members.

SACS has four accreditation ratings. The ranking earned by WJC is the highest.

The report contains strengths, commendations, challenges and recommendations.

A “committed, collaborative and talented professional staff,” a well-defined

vision for the school division, and open honest communication among stakeholders

as some of WJC’s strengths.

Commendations included implementation of innovative programs to address student

needs and the development of a comprehensive data collection system.

The report recognizes that WJC faces many of the same challenges, like

funding and meeting the standards of No Child Left Behind,

that school divisions across the nation face. It also noted that

WJC has many of its own, including retaining quality teachers, supporting the

needs of transient population and continuing to provide both teachers and students

with up-to-date technological tools.

The review team recommended that WJC begin working on the creation of a

process to secure input from all its stakeholders, including students, and build

working relationships with the retirement comment to tap into that base of knowledge.

Team members also suggested that the division monitor its strategies to close

the achievement gap, but be careful to maintain expectations for all students and

ensure that no subgroup is passed over.