Pearl School Award

Learn more and apply to become a pearl school!

Congratulations to all of our 2022-2023 Pearl Schools and thank you for providing outstanding environmental education!



Schools qualify for the Pearl School Award by filling out an online application each year. To receive the award, the school must reach the required number of points for the various environmental education projects and programs that they have completed throughout the year.  Please refer to the 2023-2024 information and resources page.



These projects and activities must add outdoor learning opportunities while also helping to improve water quality. They can take place on the school grounds, in students’ homes and throughout the local community.  Installing Rain Barrels, running a Scoop the Poop campaign, planting trees, cleaning up around the school and sponsoring a Green Club are just a few of the ways schools have earned points, while offering valuable learning opportunities and stewardship action projects to improve their schools and neighborhoods.

We are happy to say that each year, the schools qualifying for this award increases, demonstrating that our Virginia Beach teachers are dedicated to offering excellent environmental education opportunities for students in all our schools. Any school in Virginia Beach is eligible to apply for this award.



Throughout the year, professional development opportunities are available for Virginia Beach teachers, public and private.

Students can apply for various Internships that offer experience working with grassroots, environmental organization focused on local water quality issues. These volunteer positions provide valuable, real-world experiences that help to enhance college applications and resumes


Watch this video to learn more about our Pearl School Program!

Provided by The Meridian Group



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