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The Virginia Purple Star Designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

The Virginia Department of Education’s Military Student Support Process Action Team (MSSPAT) formed by the Virginia Department of Education, reviews all school applications for the award.

Final approval on awards is made by members of the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Awards are made annually, and schools must reapply every three years. 

For more information, please contact the DODEA Military-Connected Grant Coordinator (TBA), at

PWCS Purple Star Schools (2020)

  • Bristow Run Elementary School
  • Gravely Elementary School
  • Hylton High School
  • Mary Williams Elementary School
  • Minnieville Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Old Bridge Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School

PWCS Purple Star Schools (2019)

  • Benton Middle School
  • Henderson Elementary School
  • Fitzgerald Elementary School
  • Forest Park High School
  • Gainesville Middle School
  • Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School
  • Parkside Middle School
  • Pattie Elementary School
  • Springwoods Elementary School
  • Woodbridge High School

PWCS Purple Star Schools (2018)

  • Ashland Elementary School
  • Penn Elementary School
  • Porter Traditional School