Purple Star School List Grows

Posted On: 11/3/2022

The Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact for Military Children has awarded 11 schools in the division with the 2022 Purple Star Designation, bringing the division total to 16. The Purple Star designation is valid for three years, at which time schools must reapply. For 2022, five schools (Mt. Vernon Elementary, Seaford Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, York High and York River Academy) earned the designation for the first time, while six others (Bethel Manor Elementary, Tabb Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary, Yorktown Elementary, Grafton Middle and Yorktown Middle) earned the designation for the second time.

The Purple Star award honors schools that demonstrate a commitment to meeting military families’ needs, while also providing resources and programming related to transitions and academic planning. Virginia is home to several of the largest and most important military installations in the country and approximately 31% of all YCSD students have at least one parent serving in the military.

The following schools also hold the Purple Star designation: Coventry Elementary, Dare Elementary, Grafton Bethel Elementary, Magruder Elementary, and Tabb Middle.