Magnet and Specialty Programs at Newport News Public Schools

MAGNET OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

Applications are due January 4, 2019. All applicants will be notified by mail after February 8, 2019. Deadline to decline placement is February 22, 2019.

Elementary School:
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Middle School:
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High School:
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Please note: Applications will be available online, at schools, and at the Administration Building on November 1, 2018.

Online applications are preferred; however, paper applications may be submitted to your child's school, the NNPS Administration Building, or any school open house on or before the closing date of January 4, 2019. All applications received by this date will be considered "on time."

To change a selection after submitting an application, you must make all changes in writing before the closing date.

Military Student Waiver for Magnet Application Deadline

Military families who have missed or will miss the magnet school application deadline due to military transfer timing may contact the magnet school office to request a deadline waiver. This will provide an opportunity for those military families to apply for a magnet program after the stated deadline.

Magnet & Specialty Programs

Newport News Public Schools offers elementary, middle and high school students the chance to focus in such areas as environmental science, communication and performing arts, aviation, global studies, and math, science, technology and engineering through a variety of magnet and specialty program options. Our programs:

  • Offer a specialized focus in the curriculum or distinctive type of environment or instruction
  • Serve children from across the city and every child is eligible to apply
  • Are designed to maintain racial balance of student body
  • Transportation for all programs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I decide where to apply?

First look at your child's interests and needs, and talk to the child's teachers. Then, visit all schools you are considering, including your zoned comprehensive school. All schools—comprehensive, magnet programs and specialty academies programs—are built around the same core curriculum in all disciplines and meet all state Standards of Learning. Transportation is provided for all programs. View the Magnet Open House Schedule.

To find out the comprehensive school to which your child is assigned, call 591-4500 or use our Zone Finder.

How do I apply?

Request an application from any Newport News Public School, from the NNPS Administration Building located at 12465 Warwick Boulevard; or apply online.

Submit only one application for a child. (See note below for more information.)

Rising 10th and 11th graders must apply directly to the magnet program director.

Applications are available online. You are encouraged to submit your application online but can turn in a paper application at your child's school, the NNPS Administration Building, or any school open house on or before the closing date.

To change a selection after submitting an application, you must make all changes in writing before the closing date.

Note: Parents who want to apply to the same magnet program for more than one child have two choices:
(1) Complete one application listing all siblings at that level and the children will be considered for admission as a unit, or
(2) Complete separate applications for each child and the children will be considered for admission independently of one another.

How are students accepted?

Applicants are assigned a random lottery number by the computer, and students will be selected based on these numbers.

Acceptance is based on numerical order and outlined priorities with attention to racial balance.

What priorities are considered in the application process?

For magnet programs, application priority is given in this order to:

  1. Students currently enrolled in a magnet program who wish to continue in that program, including students who are moving from elementary to middle school magnets or middle to high school magnets of the same type. For example, students in the STEM magnet at Crittenden have priority for the Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy; however, each student must fill out a magnet application for Heritage. Also, Huntington Middle School magnet students will have a priority to Woodside High School; however, each student must fill out a magnet application for Woodside. Deer Park (all students) and Newsome Park (magnet students) are automatically transitioned to Crittenden Middle School.

  2. Students who are siblings of students currently enrolled in that program at that specific school. This means, for example, that if you have a seventh grader at Huntington Middle School, your rising sixth grader will be given priority at Huntington.

  3. Other applicants based on their lottery numbers.

Note concerning admission of non-Newport News students (outlined in School Board Procedure JFAB-P): Newport News Public Schools students are given first priority for inclusion in magnet programs. Non-resident students cannot enter the lottery for magnet program admission. Non-resident students interested in attending magnet programs will be considered only after the lottery and selection process for resident students has been completed and the steps outlined in School Board Procedure JFAB-P have been completed. Applications for non-resident students may be submitted on August 1.


Directory of Programs

Elementary School Programs

School Program Info
Deer Park Environmental Science Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Mary Jo Anastasio, Principal
11541 Jefferson Ave., 23601
(757)591-7470, Fax 591-7448
Discovery STEM Academy Discovery STEM Academy
Download magnet brochure
Christine Pilger, Principal
1712 Chestnut Avenue, 23607
(757)928-6838, Fax 247-0422
Dutrow Global Studies Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Kelly Stewart, Principal
60 Curtis Tignor Road, 23608
(757)886-7760, Fax 989-0932
Hilton Communication Arts Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Annette Walls, Principal
225 River Road, 23601
(757)591-4772, Fax 599-4382
Newsome Park Math, Science & Technology Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Oriel Robinson-Taylor, Principal
4200 Marshall Avenue, 23607
(757)928-6810, Fax 247-3218

Middle School Programs

School Program Info
Crittenden STEM Magnet (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Download magnet brochure
Natia Smith (Interim), Principal
6158 Jefferson Avenue, 23605
(757)591-4900, Fax 838-8261
B.T. Washington
Marine Science & Pre-Advanced Placement Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Dr. Sean Callender, Principal
3700 Chestnut Avenue, 23607
(757)928-6860, Fax 247-1119

High School Programs

School Program Info
Denbigh Aviation Academy Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Dr. Eleanor Blowe, Principal
Dr. Aaron Smith, Program Administrator
259 Denbigh Boulevard, 23608

(757)886-7700, Fax 872-6542
Heritage

Governor's STEM Academy
Download brochure

University Magnet
Download magnet brochure

Shameka Gerald, Principal
Chinell Callwood, Program Administrator 
5800 Marshall Avenue, 23605
(757)928-6100, Fax 247-9058
Warwick

Governor's Health Sciences Academy
Download brochure

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
Download brochure

Michael Nichols (interim), Principal
Jason Hollar, Program Administrator
51 Copeland Lane, 23601

(757)591-4700, Fax 596-7415
Woodside Arts & Communication Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Cynthia Watson (interim), Principal
Kathryn SheehanSmith, Program Administrator 
13450 Woodside Lane, 23608
(757)886-7530, Fax 877-0480

Specialty Programs

School Program Info
An Achievable Dream Academy An Achievable Dream is a partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the community to help children start on the path toward college. Terra Chalmers-Harris, Principal
726 16th Street, 23607
(757)928-6827, Fax 247-1720
An Achievable Dream Middle & High

An Achievable Dream is a partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the community to help children start on the path toward college.

Marylin Sinclair-White, Principal
5720 Marshall Avenue, 23605
(757)283-7820, Fax 283-7844
Point Option This nontraditional program serves students who are capable of completing high school but who, in a regular high school, do not work up to their potential and who need a different environment to succeed in school. Chris Smith, Principal
813 Diligence Dr., Suite 100, 23606
(757)591-7408, Fax 865-4508