School Counseling

Guidance Office Manager: Ms. Karen Blanchard
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm (Counselors hours vary)
Phone: (757) 648-4861 | Guidance Fax: (757) 412-2382

Make up work

Guidance will collect and distribute make up work for students.  Please refer to the steps below and let us know if you have any questions:

  1. Parents may request work by emailing or calling their grade level counselor after three consecutive absences. 
  2. School Counselors will then email the student's teachers regarding make up work. 
  3. Parents will be contacted when the work is ready for pick up.

Destination Graduation - Destination Graduation was created to be a launching point for families and students to learn more about the resources available to students in Virginia Beach City Public Schools throughout their academic career.

The site offers students and families grade-level specific information. At the early grades, an emphasis is placed on reading and mathematics as foundational skills for academic success and, therefore, you will find more information and tips related to these areas. Beginning in fifth grade, you will find information that families and students need to know to prepare for the next grade level.

School Counselor

6th Grade: Mrs. Lisa Stephens -- Guidance Department Chair
7th Grade: Mrs. Ebony McCoy
8th Grade: Mrs. Danielle Irvin

Our counselors welcome the opportunity to meet with you. Please call (757) 648-4861 to schedule an appointment. 
Students may obtain a request to meet with their counselor from any teacher at any time. 

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Middle School Guidance Program is to partner with parents, community, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society. 

Middle School Handbook (pdf) - General information, graduation requirements, and diploma options as well as new course additions in the middle and high school curricula. There is also an Academic & Career Planning section for both middle and high schools.

The School Counseling Program

- Assists students in their educational, career, personal, and social development. 
- Helps students resolve problems which interfere with learning. 
- Facilitates educational and career planning. 
- Increases knowledge of self and others. 
- Supports students with specific needs. 
- Offers crisis intervention and prevention. 

How do students see their counselors?

Students may be referred to the counselor by parents, teachers, administrators, or peers, or they may self-refer. 

How do I Register my child?

Please call the Guidance office at (757) 648-4861 to schedule an appointment for registration.

For information on how to register your child and for a list of needed documents, please visit 
the Virginia Beach Public Schools Registration page.

How do I withdraw my child?

Notify the Guidance Office at least three days prior to student’s last day of attendance, if possible.  Students must return all books and materials.  Please provide the forwarding school address for our records. Withdrawal papers will be ready to be picked up at the end of the student’s last day.

Forms & Helpful Links

Bullying Prevention Program

Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help. Read more at Engage Parents & Youth


Other great resources
CHKD Parenting Classes

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center
Stomp Out Bullying
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Bully Prevention