Salem High School Guidance

VBCPS Guidance Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools High/Middle/Elementary School Guidance Program is to partner with parents, community, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society. 

For an overview to of Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Guidance/Counseling Services please visit thier website at:

Guidance Announcements

Class of 2018 Civic Seal
Class of 2018 Civic Seal

If your student earned a B- or above in US History last year, please encourage him or her to turn in the Civic Seal of Excellence Application. This is a wonderful honor for those students who have completed at least 50 hours of community service in addition to earning at least a B- in US History & Government. Recipients will earn a seal on their diploma in addition to being recognized at Senior Awards Night.  In order to be recognized at Senior Awards Night for this honor, applications should be returned by Friday, May 25th to the School Counseling Office. Contact your student’s counselor with any questions or concerns.

Civic Seal Application

Senior Awards Night
Senior Awards Night

The School Counseling Department is in the process of planning our Senior Awards Night ceremony. If your student will be attending a 2 or 4 year college and has received a scholarship from the college or an outside organization, please submit a copy of the letter(s) to the Counseling Office as soon as possible. In order to recognize the students at the Senior Awards Night Ceremony, we must have official documentation of the scholarship. You can send it to Kathryn Kressel via email/fax (information below) or have your student drop it off to his/her counselor. You can also email Mrs. Kressel a screen shot of their online college account if it lists the scholarship award(s). Salem’s Senior Awards Night is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm. Once Mrs. Kressel receives the letter(s), she will send you and your student an invitation to attend the ceremony. It is a wonderful opportunity to recognize all of our students’ accomplishments and hard work! Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Kathryn Kressel, School Counselor

Summer School Registration
Summer School Registration

Registration for summer school classes will be open from Tuesday, May 29 until noon on Tuesday, June 26.  

Parents and guardians may register and make payments online at any time once the online registration window opens. RegWerks is the same platform utilized to register for Virtual Virginia Beach e-Learning students. To distinguish between the two online registration programs, the summer middle and high school registration process will be referred to as Electronic Face-to-Face Summer School.

On-site summer school registration for middle and high schools will be held Tuesday, June 19, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to noon to accommodate families.

More information is available at: 

Attention to parents of students in the Class of 2018
Attention to parents of students in the Class of 2018

The School Counseling Office met with students in the Class of 2018 during SunDevil Advisory this week. Please click on the link below to access a Senior Resource Guidebook developed by the School Counseling Office. You will find information about graduation requirements, college applications, applying for scholarships/financial aid, enlisting in the military, apprenticeship programs, TCC, and playing sports in college. All of the red links in the guidebook will take you directly to that specific website or document. 

Questions should be directed to your child’s guidance counselor.

Scholarship Central

Scholarship Central serves as a resource for locating various scholarships for high school students. Your high school guidance counselors are working together, as a team, in order to provide all of our graduating seniors opportunities to apply for financial assistance to the college or university of choice.

Visit Scholarship Central

Changes in Contact Info?

Has your family moved? Have any of your phone numbers changed?

Please be sure and updated this information with the Guidance Office before the end of school! Many important pieces of information are sent home to students over the summer. If we do not have your new information on file, you will be missing out on report cards, testing scores, back to school information, etc.

Please contact Mrs. Cheryl Staat in Guidance at  757.648.5680 should you have any questions or updates.

Our Guidance Site

Counselors - Salem High School Counselors and the services we offer our students. Here you will find out who your counselor is, how to contact your counselor, and each counselor's area of expertise.

Registration -Detailed instructions for enrolling your new student at Salem High School.

Important Dates - Important dates at Salem High School and a link to the Virginia Beach Public Schools calendar.

College Information - Here you will find links to college searches, virtual campus tours, and financial aid information.

Careers - Information about careers available to today's workforce. Here you will find links to career and job descriptions, the hot jobs and careers of today, and tests students can take to match students' personalities, interests, and skills to possible job choices. 

Military Careers - Links to the armed forces of the United States military. Each link contains information about careers, enlistment options, G.I. bill college funding and ways you can be all you can be in the US military.

Scholarships - Scholarship information and federal loan applications. Contact Ms. Kressel in guidance for further assistance with identifying and completing possible scholarships.