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Green Run Collegiate (GRC), a public charter school, opened in September 2013 with a focus on college readiness. The curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy and best practices with the support of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). IB is recognized worldwide for offering quality international education programs designed to empower students for college and career readiness. AVID puts into place many of the support systems that will help students prepare for the demands the college experience will place on them. 
At Green Run Collegiate, IB will be represented through three programs: the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP) and eventually the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). At this time, GRC is an IB Candidate School for the Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. GRC is currently applying to become an IBCC candidate school this year as well. 
What is a public charter school?

It is an independent public school that is allowed to be more innovative while still being held accountable by the state for improved student achievement. For example, a public charter school can offer distinctive curriculum, develop its own school calendar and hold classes outside of the traditional school day. In Virginia Beach, a public charter must be approved by the School Board; however, the responsibility for staffing and oversight of day-to-day operations will be guided by the GRC Governing Board. 

What makes Green Run Collegiate a good option for my child?

As the Virginia Beach public school curriculum demonstrates, a one-size-fits-all approach to public education is not appropriate, especially when there are so many differences in student interests, learning styles and talents. As a charter school, GRC will create a smaller learning community for students and teachers while maintaining the high quality of education parents have come to expect in Virginia Beach. GRC will offer flexibility regarding instructional time; teachers may serve as mentors to the students and students will have the benefit of IB courses, dual enrollment opportunities and Advanced Placement coursework. The Middle Years Program (MYP) will prepare ninth and later tenth graders for the IB Diploma Program. Furthermore, a new IB Career-related Certificate program will also be offered as an option to allow students to achieve industry certification in many technological fields while earning IB Diploma credit. 

What is the student registration process and who may apply?

All rising ninth-grade students are invited to apply; however, the submission of an application does not guarantee admission. GRC will enroll up to 125 ninth-graders in its first year. There are a few openings for the tenth grade class as well. If there are more than 125 applicants, students will be selected through an open lottery process. Interested students are encouraged to complete an online enrollment form found at http://www.greenruncollegiate.vbschools.com/pages/secondary/enrollment_forms/ . 
Those who do not have access to the Internet can obtain a form by contacting Green Run Collegiate at 648-5393.