Here’s some quick information about First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach.
First Colonial High School, Virginia Beach
1272 Mill Dam Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
First Colonial High School is located on Mill Dam Road in Virginia Beach, in the central eastern half of the city.
It is roughly halfway between Shore Drive to the north and Virginia Beach Boulevard to the south. It is close to Hilltop Shopping Center, the beaches of Cape Story, First Landing State Park, and Fort Story.
The First Colonial High School attendance zone includes these neighborhoods (click the links to explore neighborhood information):
Alanton, Baycliff, Beach Borough, Birdneck Point, Bishopsgate, Brighton on the Bay, Croatan Beach, Kings Grant, Linkhorn, Linlier, Little Neck, Middle Plantation, Princess Ann Hills, Royal Grant, Sea Breeze, Shadowlawn
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Feeder Middle Schools
Virginia Beach Middle School & Lynnhaven Middle School
First Colonial High School opened in 1966. Why the name “First Colonial?” It has to do with George Washington:
We here at First Colonial High School have selected our colors from the battle flag of the First Patriots. The flag consisted of a field of light blue trimmed in gold. This flag could be seen everywhere Washington travelled during the Revolutionary War.
George Washington, the Continental Army Commander during the Revolutionary War, called for a group of men to form his personal protection. These men were the best were the best of the best from America and were know as Washington’s Life Guard or First Patriots.
1,821 (as of 2015), with a student-teacher ratio of about 17-to-1.
Accreditation & Test Scores
First colonial High School has consistently met or exceeded state testing benchmarks. For more information (including the school’s Annual Report Card), click here.
First Colonial offers the same curriculum as other high schools in Virginia Beach. This curriculum includes the opportunity for distance learning, online learning, experiential learning (internships), IEP programs, AP coursework, and vocational certifications. A complete guide to the Virginia Beach curriculum is here.
A standard diploma in the State of Virginia requires:
- 4 years of high school English
- 3 laboratory sciences (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science)
- 3 Virginia & US History courses
- 2 years of PE
- 2 years of Foreign Language, Art, or Technical Education
- 1 year of Personal Economics
- 4 electives
First Colonial High School is home to Virginia Beach’s only Legal Studies Academy. Students in the LSA pursue an Advanced Studies Diploma with extra emphasis to prepare them for a career in legal professions like criminal investigator, lawyer, or police work.
Students also have the opportunity to enroll in unique courses available only at the Legal Studies Academy such as Forensic Science, Criminal Psychology, and Criminology.
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