Virginia Beach eighth-graders to get high school preview Wednesday

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Students from Tallwood High School pose for a photograph in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.(Courtesy Virginia Beach City Public Schools)

Students from Tallwood High School, one of the academies to be featured during a citywide Oct. 19 event for current eighth-graders, pose for a photograph in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in March 2016.(Courtesy Virginia Beach City Public Schools)

School just started last month, but it’s time for eighth-graders in Virginia Beach public schools to think about next year.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is gathering representatives from its eight high school academy and advanced programs on Oct. 19 and putting them all under one roof at the city’s convention center, according to a release. The event, billed as the annual Academy and Advanced Academic Programs Night (as an acronym, that would be AAAAAPN), features exhibits, staff, and students from each program. Eighth graders and their parents are urged to check it out.

“Providing our students with multiple academic pathways and opportunities for career exploration are critical to preparing them for postsecondary education and employment,” Superintendent Aaron Spence said in a release. “This citywide event showcases the various programs of study the division offers and, most importantly, lets students hear from other students about their unique learning experiences in fields such as the arts, entrepreneurship, legal studies, health sciences and technology.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Academy-specific 25-minute breakout sessions begin at 6 p.m. and run again at 6:35 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

The participating academies and programs are:

•Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School
•Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School
•Health Sciences Academy at Bayside High School
•International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Princess Anne High School
•Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School
•Mathematics and Science Academy at Ocean Lakes High School
•Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy at Landstown High School
•Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School

A schedule for the evening is available online.

Students who want to attend an academy or advanced academic program must apply and be accepted. The application will be available online beginning Oct. 20 at vbschools.com. They are due on or before Jan. 9, 2017.

For more information, call 757-263-1446.

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