The Virginia Beach Technical & Career Education Center (Tech Center, 2925 N Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house reunion on Wednesday, March 29, from 6-8 p.m., for all students and staff both past and present. The Tech Center opened its doors in September 1972 to provide career-training opportunities for students in grades 11 and 12. Over the past 50 years, the Tech Center has maintained focus on career preparation and employability for its students and continues to evolve to meet the demands of the ever-changing workforce. Having served more than 40,000 students, the Tech Center currently has 682 students enrolled in programs for the 2022-23 school year.
Brandon Middle School opened as Brandon Junior High School in August 1978 with Charles A. Atkinson as the first principal. In the early 1980s, Brandon was the second largest public school in the state, behind only Green Run High School. The opening of other middle schools have reduced overcrowding and we now educate just under 1200 students, evenly divided among the three grade levels.
We are culturally diverse: 40% Caucasian, 39% African-American, 9% Hispanic, and 9% Asian and Pacific Islander. In addition, 9% of our students identify themselves as being of more than one ethnicity.
Brandon offers a variety of academic and extracurricular programs to meet the needs of our students, including multiple special education programs. As well, we offer programs for the gifted and for English as a Second Language students. After-school activities include clubs and intramurals as well as chances to compete interscholastically, both in athletics and in academics. In addition, we over Pop Up Classes that meet once to allow students to try crafts and activities that teachers want to share. Over 80% of our student body is involved in at least one activity.
Before and after-school tutoring is offered in core subject areas. Activity buses are available to take students home after activities.