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Old 11-07-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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I'm new to this forum and would appreciate it if anyone could provide some insight on Virginia Beach public schools. I'm looking to move to the area next summer, but concern with the test rating the schools in the district. According to greatschools.com and education.com, the schools in the area didn't score that well. I assumed that Virginia overall did well in education. Also, I'm looking into sending my children to either Atlantic Shores Christian School or Norfolk Christian School. Has anyone had any experience with these schools? I'm even starting to get a little worried about sending my kids to these private schools considering the surrounding schools aren't doing that well. Again, I appreciate any information you can provide. Thank you.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:58 PM
 
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No response, strange? Does anyone know anything about these schools or maybe I should just stay away?
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:37 AM
 
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Sorry that you haven't had a response. I don't live in the area myself, though I visit VB regularly. I suggest that you enter the keywords "virginia beach school" into the city-data search box. There are threads with information on that topic.

Since you have tried the standard school review sites, you may try reaching out to the homeschool community for advice on local schools as the Hampton Roads area appears to support an active Christian school community.

Virginia Homeschool Groups - The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers


Hope this helps.

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Virginia Beach has good test scores. I'd go to the school pages you are interested in, and look at the detailed score reports. The sites you listed are okay, but as a rule people don't usually go to the web to say nice things. It's to complain.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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Virginia Beach has good test scores. I'd go to the school pages you are interested in, and look at the detailed score reports. The sites you listed are okay, but as a rule people don't usually go to the web to say nice things. It's to complain.
She checked out the schools on greatschools.org, which is chock full of statistical info on schools.

In general, Virginia Beach schools don't score very high. For instance, only 3 high schools scored a 7 out of 10 - none scored higher.

This means there are no public high schools in Virginia Beach with an 8, 9 or 10 score - pretty bad for such a large area, so I can see our OP's concern.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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We have lived in Virginia Beach two different times and I have had children go through the school system all the way from elementary school through high school. We found them to be good. We have lived in five different states and always thought the Virginia schools were one of the best. The only thing I would say is you get out of it what you put into it as a family you as a parent need to be involved with your childs schooling ask what homework or projects they have and if there is a problem contact the teacher and find out what extra help is available. When we moved from Virginia the first time all of our children were ahead of the other schools we put them in.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:38 PM
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She checked out the schools on greatschools.org, which is chock full of statistical info on schools.

In general, Virginia Beach schools don't score very high. For instance, only 3 high schools scored a 7 out of 10 - none scored higher.

This means there are no public high schools in Virginia Beach with an 8, 9 or 10 score - pretty bad for such a large area, so I can see our OP's concern.
Any parents who would DQ a school based on a greatschools rating is an idiot. I went to Tabb HS in York County which is a 9 school and TC Williams HS In Alexandria which is a 4 and I felt that TC was a more rigorous and better experience than Tabb. There is a lot more to a school than a stupid rating given by a website.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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And truthfully, I think school ratings websites are good for a general feel for the school and not an all around experience. Your mileage may vary.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:26 AM
 
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The area is largely middle class, Virginia Beach does not have any enclaves where everyone is rich and well educated. In addition, the districts are drawn to insure a moderate level of diversity at each school both economic and racial. Any student that wants a good education has the opportunity to get it in VB public schools. There are tremendous academy programs

Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Academy Programs Elementary and High School

as well as gifted programs

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Kemps Landing Magnet School

If you want to isolate your kids in an ivory tower, Virginia Beach public schools are probably not what you are looking for and I would point you towards one of the private schools you mentioned above. But I would contend that VB public schools are safe, diverse, and provide plenty of opportunities for a motivated student. My friends that went to Kempsville, Tallwood, and Princess Anne now work in well paid professional positions ranging from NASA research scientists in Hampton to financial officers for fortune 500 corporations up in D.C.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Any parents who would DQ a school based on a greatschools rating is an idiot. I went to Tabb HS in York County which is a 9 school and TC Williams HS In Alexandria which is a 4 and I felt that TC was a more rigorous and better experience than Tabb. There is a lot more to a school than a stupid rating given by a website.
The great schools rating is arrived at after they have tabulated all the statistics (facts) they have gathered. It's not "personal" and no one has an ax to grind.

It's simply a tool to get an overview of schools.

I also doubt it's the only source or the be all and end all of any parents research, just a starting point.
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