"The mission of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools High/ Middle/ Elementary 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."


Mrs. Maria Lapetina

Mrs. Sarah Pope


Principles of American Citizenship

The school system has adopted the following principles to be reinforced during the school year. This is accomplished through the classroom teachers, the PTA and supported by the classroom guidance lessons taught by Mrs. Pope and Mrs. Lapetina. As counselors, we support the goals of parents and teachers in helping our students understand and develop these qualities.

  • September- Responsibility- being accountable for one's behavior
  • October-Diligence- completing work with care and steady effort
  • November-Respect- to show consideration and high regard for a person or thing
  • December-Kindness- the habit of being sympathetic, gentle, considerate, etc.
  • January- Fairness-displaying impartiality and granting equal treatment
  • February- Honesty- exhibiting truthfulness and sincerity
  • March- Cooperation- working together for the good of a common purpose
  • April-Self Control- keeping one's own emotions, desires, and actions restrained
  • May- Trustworthiness- earning the sense of reliability and care from others