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Mission Statement

The mission of the Frank W. Cox High School community is to empower everyone to become a lifelong learner and a responsible, productive citizen of a global society.

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Frank W. Cox High School, founded in 1961, was named after our former superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools who served from 1933 to 1968. The school was originally designed to be Northeast Junior High School and consisted of 1600 eighth and ninth graders. On June 11, 1965, the first senior class graduated. The present Cox High school building opened in the fall of 1983. The original building now houses Great Neck Middle School.

Frank W. Cox High was the first fully accredited high school in the area and has met full accreditation standards since with pass rates exceeding 90% on several of the state's twelve end-of-course, subject-area tests. Cox students have better than an 80% pass rate annually on Advanced Placement tests. Two of three diplomas awarded are Advanced Diplomas which require a more rigorous program of studies. Over three million dollars in scholarship money was awarded to graduating seniors in June 2011. Newsweek magazine has named the school one of the top 2.5 percent in the United States for several of the last ten years.

The coveted Virginia High School League Wachovia Cup for outstanding academic and athletic achievement has been awarded to the school more than any other school in the state (twelve times). The school has won 40 state athletic titles over all. Blue ribbon awards were also conferred on our music program, student newspaper, and student yearbook.

Plan for Continuous Improvement

The Cox High School community is dedicated to the growth of our students. This commitment is outlined in our Plan for Continuous Improvement each year. The measurable objectives for the current school year may be found by clicking on the title of this section or on the PCI Link in the yellow bar on the left hand of any page on this site.

Plan for Continuous Improvement PCI 2013 - 2014

To obtain a complete copy of the current Plan for Continuous Improvement for Cox High School please contact Office Manager Wendy Matthis. Ms. Matthis may be reached by phone at 757-648-5250 or via email at: [email protected]




Named by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 2000 American high schools in 2013.

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