Education

How Students Can Increase Their SAT Scores

The first question that comes to mind in regard to taking a Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) has to be, “Is it worth it to prep?” The short answer is, unequivocally, “Yes.” Even though there are a number of schools that…

The Hampton LEGO Club Connects Kids While Learning

Sean is crazy for LEGOs.  The 7-year-old is among the first to arrive at the Hampton Public Library's LEGO Club meeting, held every fourth Saturday of the month. Sitting with his mom at one of seven long tables, each adorned…

Continuing Your Education Can Help With Your Career

Things move fast in the ever-evolving world of business. In order to help you keep up with the pace, local colleges and universities offer a number of business degrees, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and certification…

How to Afford Private School

In life, a well-funded bank account is always a nice thing to have, but for students interested in attending independent schools, it’s not essential. Coastal Virginia private school leaders say other factors, such as generous financial aid and a good…

Coastal Virginia Top Teachers 2017

Throughout our school years, we may not recall the hours spent mastering long division, the day we grasped the concept of photosynthesis or the exact moment we learned to spell hippopotamus. But, chances are, we remember some of the educators…

Top Teacher: Ryan Nunley

“The greatest thing about being a teacher,” says Ryan Nunley, “is watching a student work with a challenge, being there to facilitate, then watching them overcome that challenge”—not unlike a group of young scientists working to confirm their hypothesis in…

Top Teacher: Elyse Vaughan

Elyse Vaughan didn’t start out to be a teacher. She was working as a chemist at the Union Camp International Paper Company mill in Franklin when the plant shut down. She and her family moved to Alabama for a few…

Top Teacher: Christine Contakes

Educating people has always come naturally to Christine Contakes. As the oldest of three siblings, she positioned herself in a leadership role early on, caring for her little sisters. But the skills she utilizes in the classroom today were honed…

Top Teacher: Dana Wakefield

Dana Wakefield dreamed of being a teacher when she was a little girl, and now her dream has come true. As math specialist at Willard Model Elementary School in Norfolk, Wakefield divides her time between working with small groups of…

Top Teacher: Margaret Beckner

A love of language lured Margaret Beckner into the classroom 36 years ago, and every day the French teacher at Cox High School in Virginia Beach finds something new to love about her work. Originally from Greensboro, N.C., Beckner started…

Insider’s Guide to College

As college freshmen complete their first year, they’ve learned so much; not just from their textbooks but from their experience being out on their own. Looking back, three students share what worked—and what didn’t work—for them: Brenna, who’s studying at…

Choosing a Private School

There are a number of reasons to consider sending your child/children to a private school: small class sizes and highly qualified teachers provide a more one-on-one educational experience; they offer exciting and stimulating extracurricular activities not often found at public…

Improving Online Learning

Earning a degree online sounded like the perfect solution for busy professionals when colleges first introduced the degrees about 20 years ago. Yet, while the offerings have been a huge help, they’re not yet perfect: Colleges are regularly fine-tuning their…

Hampton Roads High School Rankings 2015

Does your child’s education make the grade? We’ve compiled all the facts and figures you need to determine which Coastal Virginia public high schools are at the head of the class. Click here to view as a PDF. About our…

2014 Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile Everyone remembers one special teacher who touched their lives and went above and beyond to inspire impressionable young minds. These teachers work tirelessly, both inside the classroom and during their “off time” at home. These teachers…

Private School Open Houses

Much in the same way that you wouldn’t want to buy a car without taking it for a test drive or buy a house without doing a walk through and checking out the neighborhood, you won’t want to send your…

3 Ways to Increase Your SAT Score

Scholastic Aptitude Tests, or SATs, are an important factor to have on your side when applying for college. Even with a strong grade point average, an impressive plethora of extracurricular activities and community involvement under your belt and a stack…

Standout Schools in Hampton Roads

Based on the statistics in our high schools chart, and with academics (AP test taking percentages and SOL scores) weighted slightly more heavily than dropout rates and behavioral offences, we’d like to recognize the following schools for standing out as…

School Lunches Get a Makeover

Chipper kindergarteners bounce into the cafeteria at Portlock Primary School in Chesapeake, giddy at the opportunity to take a break from their lessons, chat with friends and, best of all, eat. What’s on the menu for today? Rest assured it’s…