Award Year: 2014

Hermitage Elementary School

1701 Pleasure House Road
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455-4020

(757) 648-2600

Mrs. Holly J. Coggin, Principal at time of Nomination

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

School Website

Mission

The mission of Hermitage Elementary School is to educate students to become responsible and productive members of a global community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 13%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 10%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Uncovering treasure hidden in the earth.

Uncovering treasure hidden in the earth.

The mission of Hermitage Elementary School is to educate students to become responsible and productive members of a global community. This mission of global membership and responsibility is taken very seriously, as one-third of the student population annually enters or exits Hermitage. Sixty percent of the student population consists of military-connected families, so most of the students travel from Hermitage out into the world before they reach the age of 12. Regardless of how long the students are an Hermitage "Viking," each Hermitage staff member works to ensure that students achieve and receive the best academic and developmental education possible.

With enrollment that changes almost daily due to the mobility of the student population, Hermitage’s strength is also its biggest challenge. It is a school community that "accepts" all who enter, regardless of previous school experiences. That "acceptance" drives staff preparation and instruction. It drives the involvement of the parent and business community, and their partnerships with the school to improve the educational opportunities for the students. With an average attendance of approximately 640 students, more than 200 students enter and withdraw within one school year. Classrooms are constantly changing due to the arrival of a new "Viking". Teachers immediately assess student abilities and begin the work of instruction. The school's history of academic success for students is a testament to a staff that diligently "accepts" each new challenge and creates a motivating and instructional environment for all.