What is Spartan Prep?

Spartan Prep Academy is a partnership between Norfolk State University and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, which began in 2005. The program is a college awareness program designed to introduce first generation high school students to the many advantages of continuing education beyond high school. The program involves year-around enrichment workshops.

The goal of this initiative is to increase the enrollment of minority students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools in post secondary institutions.

The goal of this initiative is to introduce students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools to careers and educational opportunities available at NSU. The vision of Spartan Prep is to help adolescents by offering exposure to the academic experience, the taking care of college business experience, and the recreational experience of college life.

Life Skills

In class, the students will learn a variety of techniques for dealing with various life skills. Topics covered will include goal setting, team work, college survival skills, time management, career options, book discussions, portfolio development, and other topics adolescents face on a daily basis.

University Skills

The students will visit the NSU campus and be introduced to various key people. They will discuss the necessary skills for a successful college experience during their classroom experience.


To be admitted into the program students must be nominated from his/her middle by the middle school principal. Student criteria include:

Passing five subjects with a C or better
Identified Minority (African-American, Hispanic, other)
First generation, college bound student
Principal Recommendation
Exhibit Acceptable Behavior
Rising 9th Grade student