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D.C. Virgo Begins Second Year as a UNCW School

Friday, September 06, 2019

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy welcomed 218 students on July 17, the start of the 2019-20 academic year. The school is a partnership with UNCW, opened in 2018 as a K-8 school, serving students in the downtown Wilmington area. The school emphasizes teaching the whole child, with the motto, “D.C. Virgo, where families come to school together.” 

“Whether it’s hands-on problem-based learning or learning in our Action-Based Learning Lab where students incorporate movement breaks into instruction, our students are engaged, active and learning,” said Sabrina Hill-Black, principal at D.C. Virgo. “Teachers and staff work diligently to meet the unique needs of individual children – academically, emotionally, socially and behaviorally.”

UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has opened a new STEM Lab at D.C. Virgo, and a playground was added for elementary aged children in September. The school has also developed four professional development pillars and created “Pillar teams” to improve school wide initiatives in the areas of literacy, social emotional learning, Multi-tiered Systems of Support/Positive Behavior Intervention System and School-Community Resilience.

“We are building on the strong UNCW- D.C. Virgo partnership through ongoing efforts with the curriculum engagement project (connecting UNCW faculty and staff with specific grade and subject-area teachers at DC Virgo in an intentional way), STEM collaboration and overall community engagement efforts,” said Bill Sterrett, WCE associate dean of Teacher Education and Outreach. “Building on successes of teacher retention and slight increase in student enrollment, we are excited to begin our second academic year working together to chart a course forward.”

For more information about D.C. Virgo visit the website.

Media Coverage

EducationNC, June 19: D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, a lab school in Wilmington, wants families to come to school together