Virginia Beach has 56 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 11 high schools and a number of secondary/postsecondary specialty centers, including the Renaissance Academy, Advanced Technology Center, Technical and Career Education Center, and Adult Learning Center. Auxiliaries include the Adult Learning Center, Virginia Beach Central Academy, Open Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Technical and Career Education Center for senior high students, the Center for Effective Learning for middle school students and the Old Donation Center for the Talented and Gifted for elementary students. District headquarters is at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Virginia Beach. For information, call 757-263-1949 or go online to www.vbschools.com.
The area is well-served by private educational resources. There are 90 preschool and kindergarten facilities and more than 60 private primary and secondary schools. There is a diversity of Catholic, Christian and independent schools that welcome your inquiries. Leading college preparatory facilities in the area include Cape Henry Collegiate School (grades pre-K through 12, Virginia Beach) and Norfolk Academy (grades K through 12), which have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. Other large private schools in the area include Norfolk Christian, Greenbrier Christian, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Catholic High, St. Gregory’s, St. Matthews, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Friends School and Williams School.
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School Liaison Office
The school liaison officer (SLO) supports the Child and Youth Education Service and Navy Child and Youth Programs. The SLO is the primary point of contact between the military installation and transitioning families, the local schools and school districts, and the community at large. The SLO program helps installation and regional commanders work with state departments and local school districts to foster awareness of the stressors on military families brought about by frequent transitions and extended deployments. These educational professionals are on all major Navy installations and serve as a link between Navy families and schools. The NAS Oceana and Dam Neck school liaison officer is in the Oceana Youth Center in Building 531 and can be reached at 757-433-2496/3976.
Education Services Center
The Education Services Center at NAS Oceana offers a wide variety of educational opportunities, including counseling, orientation workshops, on-base college courses, entry examination programs, financial assistance and much more. The center is in Building 531, on the corner of E Avenue and Laser Road, and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Phone: 757-433-3129.
Specific programs offered by the Education Services Center include:
Counseling — Navy College provides professional academic and vocational counseling services, which includes developing individual education plans; review of SMART document to determine college credit recommended as a result of military experience; referral and enrollment into SOCNAV, NCPDLP and other college programs; use of the DANTES testing program; information on school funding such as Tuition Assistance and Veterans’ Benefits; descriptive materials on college and vocational correspondence courses; referral to online academic skills and tutorial programs; distance-learning options; and career placement testing as needed.
Group Counseling — College Orientation Workshop — Offered at 1 p.m. every Thursday, this workshop focuses on college preparation; funding degree programs using Tuition Assistance (TA); processing WEBTA; obtaining a college degree through Navy College Distance Learning Program; SMART Transcripts; CLEP/DSST, SAT and ACT testing; descriptions of degrees and plans; completion of online TA workshop; and the NCPACE program. The workshop is not required but strongly recommended for beginning students and new tuition assistance users. The workshop is approximately one hour.
SMART (Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript) — The SMART is an electronic transcript available for each Sailor and Marine, approved by American Council on Education (ACE), to validate military occupational experience and training. SMART lists occupations held, Navy schools completed with ACE recommended credit, Marine correspondence courses, college-level exams completed and other learning experiences. Sailors may request an unofficial SMART by logging on the Navy College website. An official SMART is required for college enrollment and may be ordered through the Navy College Virtual Education Center or by using the online SMART official transcript request form.
United Services Military Apprenticeship Program — USMAP is a formal military training program that provides active-duty Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. This program allows active-duty personnel to receive recognition for skills learned through one’s rate. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized “Certificate of Completion” upon program completion. There are multiple ways to contact USMAP, including emailingNETPDTC.USMAP@navy.mil. A link on this program is available at the Navy College website.
Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) — The Navy sponsors tuition-free college courses for seagoing UICs. There are two platforms: instructor and technology-based learning. Seagoing squadrons on the base may request technology-based programs for their personnel to be offered in their workspaces. Interested commands should contact the Navy College Office JEBLCFS at 757-462-8179. For more information on NCPACE, visit https://www.navycollege.navy.mil.
Navy College Virtual Education Center — The VEC serves as the Navy College Program’s central location for receiving and responding to toll-free telephone, email, fax and U.S. postal mail inquiries dealing with all off-duty, voluntary education programs and services. The VEC will also process Tuition Assistance applications. The VEC also serves as a hub for requesting the Sailor and Marine Corps American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). It provides easy access to and one-stop shopping for information on the Navy College Program and other voluntary education opportunities. Contact information: Center for Personal and Professional Development Attn: Virtual Education Center, 1905 Regulus Ave., Suite 234, Virginia Beach, VA 23461-2009, phone: 877-838-1659, commercial: 757-492-4684, fax: 757-492-5095, DSN: 492-4684, email: VEC@navy.mil.
Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnerships — To make rate-related degrees even more accessible to Sailors, the Navy has developed partnerships with colleges and universities from all over the country, providing associate and bachelor’s degrees while maximizing credit from military ratings and service schools. This program also provides distance-learning courses in a variety of formats including videotape, paper, Internet and CD-ROM. Several of the partnership schools visit Education Services Center throughout the month, including American Military University, Coastline Community College, Empire State College, Excelsior College, Thomas Edison State College, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Maryland and Vincennes University. Appointments for these reps are available at Education Services Center Oceana by calling 757-433-3129. The complete list of Navy partner schools is available at the Navy College website: https://www.navycollege.navy.mil.
Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) — The mission of DANTES supports the voluntary education functions of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including all military services and reserve components. DANTES provides nontraditional education programs to include examination programs, independent study, external degree programs, nationally accredited distance-learning programs, Service members Opportunity Colleges and military evaluations. DANTES provides the Navy Education Services Center with reference publications, manuals and handbooks, audiovisual training aids, posters and brochures.
Examination Program — Many testing services are available to military personnel through the Prometric Testing Center NAS Oceana and the DANTES Testing Center at NCO’s JEB Little Creek-Fort Story. Testing services include the General Education Development (GED) exam; Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT); American College Test (ACT); and college credit by exams, including eCLEP general and subject exams and electronic DANTES Subject and Standardized Tests (ibtDSST). There are more than 70 eCLEP and ibtDSST computer-based exams for college credit, which provide immediate feedback to the test taker. Sample test materials for the CLEP, DSST and ECE are available at several websites, including https://www.nko.navy.mil and www.getcollegecredit.com. The testing office on Naval Station Norfolk administers multiple foreign language exams (i.e., DLAB, DLPT, OPI). Testing services are not limited to the aforementioned. Many testing services are also available to dependents, retirees and base civilians. For a schedule or additional information, contact Education Services Center Oceana at 757-433-3129/6183 or NCO JEBLCFS at 757-462-8279.
Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) — SOC is a network of hundreds of colleges and universities whose policies and programs are designed to help meet the higher education needs of service members. SOC has developed a degree program known as SOCNAV, which includes a network of associate and bachelor’s degrees designed to meet the special needs of naval personnel, and SOCMAR to meet the needs of Marines. On-base college programs are members of SOC.
On-base Schedules — Programs and courses on the base are offered in accelerated terms, varying in length from eight-week to 16-week semesters. Some of the schools offer special weekend programs and many also offer online and distance-learning courses. All of the undergraduate institutions offer eight- to nine-week terms, five times per year. Accelerated graduate programs are offered in nine- to 10-week cycles.
ECPI-College of Technology — Offers undergraduate courses toward several associate and bachelor’s degrees while offering courses leading to several different computer certifications. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-491-5755, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Building 531, Room T101.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Offers courses toward airframes and power plant licensure; associate degrees in professional aeronautics and aviation maintenance management; bachelor’s degree programs in technical operations, aviation business administration and professional aeronautics; and a master’s degree in aeronautical science, with specializations in aviation management, operations, aeronautics and safety. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-437-8061, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Building 531, Suite 103.
Saint Leo University — Saint Leo offers undergraduate programs to include an Associate of Arts in liberal arts, criminal justice and business administration. It has Bachelor of Arts degrees in religion, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, human resources management, entrepreneurship, family business and business administration with specializations in management, technology management, accounting and marketing. There are also Bachelor of Science degrees in health care management, computer information systems and social work. Master’s degree programs are also available. POC at NAS Oceana:757-428-8395, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Building 531, Suite 105. Please visit the website at www.saintleo.edu/shrc.
Old Dominion University — Offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines in the local area in a traditional classroom format as well as via online and distance-learning courses. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-491-5109, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Building 531, Suite 100.
Tidewater Community College — Offers courses toward various associate degree programs including general studies and a unique Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, offered in accelerated semesters, enabling students to complete the degree in two years or less. The degree is transferable to Old Dominion University’s Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-491-4385, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Building 531, Suite 100.
Troy University — Offers several local graduate programs. Courses can be taken in the classroom or online leading to a master’s degree in business administration, human resources management, management and public administration. An EMBA (executive MBA) is offered through distance learning. POC at NAS Oceana: 757-425-2066, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Building 531, Suite 100.
Southern Illinois University — Offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Training. Enrollment is open to all active-duty personnel and civil service personnel who have technical training and at least two years of work experience in an occupational specialty. POC at NAS Oceana:757-422-4352, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Building 531, Suite 106.
Financial Assistance Programs
There are a number of federally funded programs that assist students in pursuing higher education. Navy Tuition Assistance is available to active-duty personnel. See current policy information by logging on tothe Navy College website. The latest information on veteran education benefit programs can be found at www.gibill.va.gov. Other resources are available in the office, including the Virginia Consortium representative. Appointments are available by contacting the Education Services Center at 757-433-3129.