NASA affiliated programs–deadline is soon

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)
 – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)
 – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS)
 – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.

Online course applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 25th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply.

VBCPS Pathways Panel Series 1: Now available for viewing!

VBCPS Pathways Panel Series 1: Frequently Asked Questions for VA Colleges & Universities
We’re excited to offer our secondary families the opportunity to hear directly from a panel of admission counselors representing some of our state’s most popular universities!

Click here to view the questions posed in the video linked below.  Click here to access the contact information for the featured speakers.

Want to hear from admissions officers about college admissions for 2020/2021?

Starting next Thursday, Oct. 1, our high schools will be hosting a series where college representatives will share information and answer questions regarding the admission process, opportunities unique to their schools, strengthening college applications and more. These ZOOM meetings will be recorded live and available via your child’s Schoology account at 6 p.m. on the dates listed below, and will be posted on the division’s YouTube channel shortly thereafter. Families are welcome to submit questions via this link. Follow-up questions not addressed in the recorded panel discussion will be answered privately by an admissions representative or your local school counselor.

  • Oct. 1 – College Admissions
  • Oct. 22 – Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Nov. 19 – Out-of-state Schools
  • Dec. 10 – Military Academies
  • Jan. 7, 2021 – Recruiters from Branches of Military
  • Jan. 28 – Two-year and Trade School/Programs


Connecting Freshmen–building a community

If you are a freshman, or the parent of a freshman, check out the interest form linked to the image below.  This is a great opportunity for freshmen to connect with current dOLpHinS!


Click on the image to access the interest form.


Class of 2024, Welcome Parent Meeting

For those parents who could not join us on during our meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, or for those who want to hear something again, here is the video of that recorded session.

Words of Experience to Start Your First Day and Year

The beginning of any new school year is tough, but this year will present unique challenges.  Here is advice from current, and former, students about tackling each grade level in the MSA.  Special thanks to Chelsea A. for her hard work!

For all things first day back, click the image below.

Discovering dOLpHinS–Mentors for Freshmen

We are so proud of this year’s seniors for their flexibility and agile thinking.  Rather than shadowing professionals this year, seniors completed thorough literature reviews into topics associated with professions of personal interest.  As the school year begins, they are considering how they can use what they’ve learned to benefit others.  Three seniors are framing this year’s circumstances as an opportunity to improve our school community.

To help our incoming freshmen transition well into the virtual high school environment, Sarah S., Amanda W., and Lauren W. have organized a freshmen mentoring program, Discovering dOLpHinS,  through which seniors will host weekly virtual meetings with a small group of freshmen with the goal of connecting to fellow dolphins with similar interests and providing high school transitioning support.

If you are a freshman, or the parent of a freshman, check out the interest form linked to the image below.


Click on the image to access the interest form.


!SMARTS Camp Update!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting SMARTS camp on June 16 and 17.  We are planning to reschedule SMARTS Camp in August, exact dates are to be determined.  Thank you for understanding.

Class of 2020 Senior Recognition–A Virtual Ceremony

We wish we could all be together celebrating the Class of 2020’s completion of the Mathematics and Science Academy.  Since that just isn’t our reality this year, we thought a virtual presentation–complete with a fabulous keynote speaker–could be the next best way to acknowledge your hard work.  We wish Marissa luck as she defends her doctoral thesis titled “The Neuroecology of Space Use: Investigating the Ecological Impacts of Neural Mechanism of Spatial and Social Context” at the end of July.

Marissa has created a blog and weekly newsletter dedicated to helping students find Mental Clarity. She is teaching & guiding students to be confident and capable so that they can do their best work. Marissa firmly believes that, “Anything you write, think, or create will be infinitely better when you’re able to be your whole self.” Her approach focuses on productivity, motivation, and self-care. She mainly speaks from experience and shares the tools, tips, and strategies that’ve helped her keep it together.


Marissa’s ultimate goal is to help her audience achieve four main goals:

1) Develop consistent self-care practices

2) Sustain motivation for big projects & deep work

3) Discover your agency and be empowered to advocate for yourself

4) Renew & Restore confidence in your personal and professional life