Three new 21st Century Learning Centers will be put in place this year and four others will continue to operate thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The new centers are located at Sandusky Middle School, Heritage Elementary School, and Robert S. Payne Elementary School. These schools will receive a total of $418,791 to develop programs intended to decrease the achievement gap among students and increase scores on standardized tests that measure Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP.
The centers already in place are Linkhorne Middle School, Perrymont Elementary School, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation, and William Marvin Bass Elementary School. This year, those four schools will receive a total of $560,000 to continue their programs.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers are customized to fit the needs of the students and parents at each school.