All of Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) 82 testing sites are projected to earn state accreditation again for 2023-2024, following today's release of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores and school quality indicators data.
Legal Studies Academy
The Legal Studies Academy provides students who have an interest in and curiosity about the law, law-related fields, and legal and ethical issues the opportunity to extend their knowledge beyond the typical
high school program. The academy offers students the opportunity to embrace not only an academic curriculum that will prepare them for post-secondary education, but also will allow them career exploration within the area of legal studies. Courses of study are extended through law-related seminars and field trips. Students will experience many hands-on activities through criminal investigations, internships and mock trials in the Academy’s courtroom/classroom.
The academy curriculum promotes academic excellence through an emphasis on advanced analytical thinking, research, writing and oratory presentation to understand complex issues within the law and society. Curriculum alignment is achieved through a continued focus on understanding related to the social contract, as well as the continuous application of advanced reading, writing and analytical skills.
The four-year program builds upon core legal courses, enhancement of academy English, social studies and science classes, and sequenced advanced placement courses. In order to promote active learning and the importance of community involvement, all Legal Studies Academy students are required to participate in job shadowing, legal internships and community service.