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Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers a Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program to children with the greatest need at many elementary schools. Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 of the upcoming school year and reside in Virginia Beach. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements.  It Pre-Kindergarten is a full-day program that follows the VBCPS school calendar and school hours.

The Pre-K program is made possible through Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Title I grants awarded to the school division, and students are selected based on VPI eligibility criteria and identified risk factors. Acceptance into the program is not on a first-come, first-served basis, and a limited number of Pre-Kindergarten spots are available.

The Pre-K program provides children with purposeful learning experiences to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten while also creating a strong educational foundation. Through implementation of a developmentally-appropriate, hands-on curriculum, students will be engaged in learning literacy with a focus on phonemic awareness, language enrichment, letters/sounds, decoding and beginning reading and writing, numeracy with a  focus on numbers and number sense, and social/emotional development. The program develops students’ communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills and integrates technology to support learning.

When and How to ApplyVirginia Beach City Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten: Rooted in Learning logo

There are two seasons for applying for Pre-Kindergarten
  1. Open Application Sessions—February through May
    This session is closed. Next year’s sessions will be announced in January.
  2. Waitlist-Only Period—July through January
    At this time, Pre-Kindergarten applications are taken to determine eligibility for the waitlist for the current school year. We accept these as mail-in applications only.  With the exception of families in the top three slots on the waitlist, positions change as new families apply and are added to the list.  For that reason, we cannot say the position a family is on the waitlist unless in spot one, two or three. 
To apply for the waitlist for this school year, please fill out both the Pre-K application and the Pre-K supplemental questionnaire.

The application is linked below.

Pre-Kindergarten Application

The Pre-K supplemental questionnaire may be obtained by emailing Donna Sawyer and requesting it.  Fill in both forms and mail to:

2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

If found eligible from the information you submitted in the application forms, you will be placed on the waitlist.  If an opening occurs at your zoned school, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to complete the application process by verifying residency, income, and other information.

What to Bring if Called for an Appointment

Parents/guardians are asked to bring the documents listed below to complete the application process. The inability to produce these documents may result in the next waitlisted family being offered the opportunity to attend Pre-Kindergarten in that slot.

You must bring:

  • Two proofs of residence/address
    • Current lease/mortgage agreement and
    • Current utility bill (gas, electric or water bill)
  • Child’s certified birth certificate (original document)
  • Proof of income for all individuals contributing to the family
    • 2017 W-2 forms, SSA, 1099, SSI or two recent pay check stubs

You may also need (if applicable):

  • VBCPS Shared Housing form (required if you do not rent or own housing but live with someone else). This form requires:
    • Notarized form
    • Lease/mortgage for homeowner (copy for file)
    • Your driver’s license showing address (copy for file)
    • Current utility bill for address (copy for file)
  • Unemployment documentation
  • SNAP/TANF/WIC (case worker name/phone number, case number, benefits received)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Court ordered custody documents and Custody Registration Form (copy for file)
  • Kinship Care Form (required if an adult relative is providing care to the child)


Pre-Kindergarten students must be 4 years old on or before September 30 and meet eligibility criteria. The program serves children who are continuously exposed to high-risk factors and situations that are likely to have an adverse impact on their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Risk factors considered for eligibility purposes include:

  • family income (based on Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  • parents having not completed high school
  • families lacking fixed, regular or adequate housing (homelessness)
  • the child having an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Pre-K being the most appropriate setting

Other factors based on local criteria are also considered, but have lower risk values.

Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Sites

The classroom sites for the 2018-19 school year will be located in the following schools:

  • Arrowhead Elementary
  • Bayside Elementary
  • Birdneck Elementary
  • Christopher Farms Elementary
  • College Park Elementary
  • Cooke Elementary
  • Diamond Springs Elementary
  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Holland Elementary
  • Kempsville Elementary
  • Kempsville Meadows Elementary
  • Linkhorn Park Elementary
  • Luxford Elementary
  • Lynnhaven Elementary
  • Malibu Elementary
  • Ocean Lakes Elementary
  • Parkway Elementary
  • Pembroke Meadows Elementary
  • Providence Elementary
  • Rosemont Elementary
  • Salem Elementary
  • Shelton Park Elementary
  • Three Oaks Elementary
  • Trantwood Elementary
  • White Oaks Elementary
  • Windsor Woods Elementary


Transportation is provided for Pre-K students who live in the attendance zone of the Pre-K school sites. If your child is attending a school that is not the home school site, transportation is not guaranteed, and the parent/guardian will have to provide on-time, daily transportation. If transportation is available from out-of-zone schools, options will be discussed at the scheduled appointment.

Contact Information

With any questions regarding the VBCPS Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 757-263-1492 or email Tracy Griffin.