U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Kingston Elementary and Old Donation School as the No. 1 elementary and middle schools in Virginia. Old Donation School, which has students in grades two through eight and is the home of the Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics & Arts, was also ranked as the No. 2 elementary school in the state.
First Principal: Harold C. Revis
Providence Elementary has been a representative of educational excellence in the Kempsville community of Virginia Beach since its opening in 1981. Providence Elementary opened in September 1981 with 882 students. The school was built to help relieve the overcrowding at Fairfield, Kempsville Meadows and Indian Lakes elementary schools. The enrollment has fluctuated over the years starting with 882 and reaching a high of 1,412 during the 1986 school year. Providence lost 1,060 students when Rosemont Forest Elementary opened in January, 1987 and Providence Elementary ended that school year with 352 of their original students.
Providence Pioneers are serious about their education and our environment. We were one of 160 schools to earn the 2013-2014 RiverStar school award from The Elizabeth River Project. RiverStar schools are recognized for "implementing conservation, restoration and/or habitat enhancement projects." Providence also received the 2013-2014 Pearl School Award from the Lynnhaven River Now organization for being "leaders in Environmental Education and sustainability." We have been a proud recipient of these two esteemed awards since 2010. Together with teachers, students, and parents, we will continue our efforts to help keep the Elizabeth and Lynnhaven Rivers healthy and clean!