Hampton Roads schools commemorate 400th anniversary of Virginia

American Evolution 2019 Commemoration a is a statewide organization which hosts different events and programs commemorating 1619.

“Our goal was to get schools across the commonwealth to sign,” said Yuri Milligan, associate director, marketing and communications for American Evolution based in Williamsburg.

While there is no financial incentive to participate in the program, all public and private schools are encouraged to enroll on an ongoing basis until December, she said.

The next big statewide event is 2019 Schools Spirit Week which is April 8-12.

“The educators can join 2019 Schools Spirit Week Challenge by sharing #2019Schools spirit on social media with daily reflection challenges that relate to the #2019Schools themes of democracy, diversity, and innovation,” Milligan said. “There will be daily prompts on with questions about how students will change Virginia and how has their communities shaped them.”

Here’s a list of cities with schools participating in theprogram. Most of the schools are public and private schools have an asterisk next to the school’s name. See the complete list of schools here.

Virginia Beach

  • Shelton Park Elementary School
  • Luxford Elementary School
  • Thalia Elementary School
  • Malibu Elementary School
  • White Oaks Elementary School
  • Holland Elementary School
  • Strawbridge Elementary School
  • Three Oaks Elementary School
  • Bayside 6th Grade Campus
  • Brandon Middle School
  • Lynnhaven Middle School
  • Corporate Landing Middle School
  • Princess Anne Middle School
  • Renaissance Academy
  • Montessori Academy of Virginia – Virginia Beach*
  • Green Run Collegiate School
  • Corporate Landing High School
  • Tallwood High School
  • Cox High School
  • First Colonial High School


  • Thomas Willoughby Childhood Education Center
  • Oceanair Elementary School
  • Mary Alcott Elementary School
  • Bay View Elementary School
  • Camp Allen Elementary School
  • Sewels Point Elementary School
  • Tarallton Elementary School
  • Norview Elementary School
  • Granby Elementary School
  • Northside Middle School
  • Norview Middle School
  • Little Creek Elementary School / Annex
  • Larrymore Elementary School
  • Tanners Creek Elementary
  • Crossroads School
  • Rosemont Middle School
  • Norview High School
  • Granby High School
  • St. Patrick Catholic School*
  • Southside STEM Academy at Campostella
  • Berkley-Campostella Early Childhood Center
  • Blair Middle School
  • W. H. Taylor Elementary School
  • Ghent School
  • Maury School
  • The Williams School*
  • P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School
  • Tidewater Park Elementary School
  • Ruffner Academy Middle School
  • Norfolk Public Schools History Office
  • Tidewater Park Elementary School
  • Richard Bowling Elementary School
  • Poplar Halls Elementary School
  • Easton Preschool
  • Chesterfield Academy
  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Fairlawn Elementary School
  • Lake Taylor Middle School
  • Lake Taylor High School
  • Coleman Place Elementary School
  • Frances E. Willard Model Elementary School
  • Academy for Discovery at Lakewood
  • Norfolk Christian*
  • Ingleside Elementary School


  • Tucker-Capps Elementary School
  • Alfred S. Forrest Elementary School
  • Cesar Tarrant Middle School
  • Kraft Elementary School
  • George P. Phenix School
  • Shepherd Academy
  • Bethel High School
  • Aberdeen Elementary School
  • C. Alton Lindsay Middle School
  • Bridgeport Academy
  • Hampton High School
  • Bassette Elementary School
  • Hunter B. Andrews Pk-8 School
  • Cooper Elementary School
  • Thomas Eaton Fundamental Middle School
  • John Tyler Elementary School
  • Barron Elementary School
  • Booker Elementary School
  • Samuel P. Langley Elementary School
  • Benjamin Syms Middle School
  • Francis Asbury Elementary School
  • Phillips Elementary School
  • Kecoughtan High School
  • John B Cary Elementary School
  • Jones Magnet Middle School
  • Spratley Gifted Center
  • Phoebus High School
  • Bryan Elementary School
  • Robert R. Moton Early Childhood Center
  • Captain John Smith Elementary
  • Luther W. Machen Elementary School
  • Paul Burbank Elementary School

Newport News

  • Discovery STEM Academy
  • Heritage High School
  • Carver Elementary School
  • Hines Middle School
  • Gildersleeve Middle School
  • Deer Park Elementary School
  • Watkins Early Childhood Center
  • Enterprise Academy Middle School
  • Denbigh High School
  • Passage Middle School
  • Denbigh Early Childhood Center
  • J. M. Dozier Middle School
  • Oliver C. Greenwood Elementary School
  • Woodside High School

York County

  • Coventry Elementary School
  • Grafton Bethel Elementary School
  • Tabb Elementary School
  • Tabb Middle School
  • Grafton Middle School
  • Queens Lake Middle School
  • York River Academy

Williamsburg-James City County

  • Laurel Lane Elementary School
  • Matthew Whaley Elementary School
  • Matoaka Elementary School
  • D.J. Montague Elementary School
  • Greenwood Christian Academy*
  • Berkeley Middle School
  • James Blair Middle School
  • Lois Hornsby Middle School
  • Jamestown High School
  • Warhill High School
  • Providence Classical School*
  • Williamsburg Montessori School*

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