Brandon Counseling Office
Direct Phone Line: 757-648-4461
757-366-4544 (fax)

Office Hours 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
New Student Registration 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Counseling News

Mark your calendars for these important upcoming Academic and Career Planning Events:

The last High School Academy Information Nights are as follows for the month of November:
-The Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School – November 28th at 6:00pm
-The International Baccalaureate Program at Princess Anne High School – November 29th at 6:00pm
-The Health Sciences Academy at Bayside High School – November 30th at 6:30pm
Green Run Collegiate Parent Information Night at Green Run High School---December 4th at 6:00pm
International Baccalaureate Middle Years program Information Night at Plaza Middle School---December 5th at 6:30pm
Salem High School ROTC will visit BMS 8th graders during lunches---December 6th
Advanced Technology Center Open House---January 3rd from 5:30-8:00pm

8th grade students can apply for the High School Academy programs of their choice online NOW at
Students may drop in to a computer lab on Tuesday, Dec. 5th from 8:00AM-9:00AM and/or during their Brandon Time on Tuesday, Dec. 5th and Friday, Dec. 8th, 2017 to work with a counselor on their online application.
The application DEADLINE is JANUARY 10th, 2018!

All students, grades 6-8, will register for next year’s classes in the months of December and January. Please check Parent or Student Portal to view your student’s course registration and be on the lookout for white elective options or sample schedules, pink course sheets for rising 7th graders, yellow course sheets for rising 8th graders, and Tallwood or Salem High School course sheets for rising 9th graders. Check out course descriptions in the most recent Secondary Curriculum Guide here

Counseling News Archive

Meet the Counseling Team

Guidance and Counseling Department Chair Ms. L. Powell, All students with last names beginning with A through CL
Coordinator of 504 Plans
School Counselor

Ms. Bray

6th graders with last names beginning with CO through Z
School Counselor Ms. Graman 7th graders with last names beginning with CO through Z
School Counselor Ms. Rhudy 8th graders with last names beginning with CO through Z
Office Associate Ms. Palandro  

Brandon Middle School Counseling Department Mission Statement

The mission of Brandon Middle School's Counseling Program, in partnership with faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and the community, will provide a data-driven, comprehensivfe, developmental program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students preparing them to be lifelong learners in a global community.


Course Information Documents

Secondary School Student Guide

An Overview to Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Guidance/Counseling Services

Academy Application Information

Academy and Advanced Academic Programs

Online Application Process

Green Run Collegiate Information

Tech Center Information

How do students see their counselors?

Students may be referred to the counselor by parents, teachers, administrators or they may self-refer. Students can schedule an appointment by completing a request form in the counseling office.

How do I enroll a new student?

Please come to the Guidance and Counseling Office and bring the following documents:

  • Original or certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • 2 current emergency contact phone numbers
  • Updated immunization record with proof of Tdap booster (required by the state of Virginia)
  • Withdrawal papers and grades from previous school
  • Previous school mailing address, phone number, and FAX number
  • Proof of residence (Title deed, mortgage booklet or statement, lease agreement/rental contract or current rent receipt, plus a recent utility bill (gas, electric, water only) or a deposit receipt for recent utility start up)
  • Custody documentation (if applicable)
  • Copy of current IEP/504 Plan (if applicable)

How do I withdraw my child?

Notify the Guidance and Counseling Office 757-648-4461 at least three days prior to the student's last day of attendance, if possible. This allows us to prepare all necessary paperwork for your child's enrollment into another school.

How do I expunge grades for high school credit courses?

The parent/legal guardian of a middle school student taking a high school credit-bearing course or courses, may request that the grade for such course or courses be purged from the student's transcript and that the student not earn high school credit for the course. The request must be presented for consideration no later than July 15th after the completion of the student's 8th grade year.

NOTE: In a sequential program, such as a foreign language, where one course must precede the next, students who choose to expunge the credit from a lower-level course after successfully complting the higher level(s) of the course, will not be permitted to do so without expunging all subsequent courses in that sequence.

Once the principal receives a request for the purging of such grade and credit, the student's permanent transcript will be altered so that the course, grade and credit are not reflected.

A student dropping a course pursuant to this subsection is still required to meet the prescribed graduation requirements set forth in School Board Policy 5-30 and School Board Regulation 5-30.1. Where a course has been dropped, a course fulfilling the graduation requirement must be successfully completed at the middle school or high school level.

Students who have a grade purged from their record, but who pass the related end-of-course SOL test, will not be required to retake the SOL test to earn verified credit if they successfully repeat the related course.

How can I help my child succeed in school?

  • Provide an appropriate study environment at home.
  • Establish fair and reasonable expectations.
  • Take time to listen to your child.
  • Maintain communication with teachers, counselors, and other school personnel.
  • Participate in school activities.
  • Help your child establish realistic career and educational goals.
  • Celebrate your child’s successes and recognize that mistakes or failures can be turned into positive experiences.