Alanton Elementary opened in 1966. It was built to alleviate the overcrowding at John B. Dey Elementary. Alanton's first principal was Mrs. Emily Parks. Dr. Brickell was the superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools. At that time Alanton contained grades 1-7th. After completing 7th grade at Alanton, most of the students went directly to First Colonial High School as eighth graders. Alanton was built before the neighborhood of Baycliff, which currently surrounds the campus of the school. It also was the first elementary school in Virginia Beach built with a gymnasium.
Today, Alanton Elementary educates Kindergarten through 5th grade. Since it was first built in 1966, a new addition was built to add an extended library-media center, computer lab, art room and 10 classrooms. We have over 600 students enrolled this year. We have been a fully accredited school since the 2001 - 2002 school year.