NNPS at a Glance
Each day in Newport News Public Schools the focus is on one mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.
The Newport News Public Schools division educates approximately 29,400 children in 5 early childhood centers, 24 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 middle/high combination school, and 9 program sites.
With an early learning curriculum designed to boost literacy and math instruction, state-of-the art science labs and advanced educational technology, NNPS has the tools to ensure student and teacher success.
Virginia's School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, demographics, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public.
Accomplishments, Recognitions and Awards
School Accreditation. Twenty-one of NNPS' 38 schools are Fully Accredited by the Virginia Department of Education; one is Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark Pass Rate; eight are Partially Accredited: Reconstituted Schools; one is Partially Accredited: Improving School, and two are Partially-Accredited: Warned; five are denied accreditation. For the first time since the 2010-2011 school year, all NNPS high schools earned full accreditation.
Virginia Department of Education accreditation ratings require all schools to meet or exceed benchmarks for achievement in English, mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a graduation and completion index.
Accreditation ratings for the 2017-2018 school year are based on the achievement of students on the 2016-2017 administration of Standards of Learning tests.
More NNPS Students are Earning Diplomas. By keeping the focus on college and career readiness, NNPS' graduation rate has increased to 93.4%, up from 72.9% in 2008. During the same time, the dropout rate decreased from 12% to 2.3% for the class of 2017. Newport News Public Schools' dropout prevention and recovery program provides an array of services to help students graduate on time (in four years).
NNPS Students are Preparing for Successful Futures. More high-school students are earning industry and professional certifications, preparing them for future careers. In 2017, NNPS students earned 3,261 certifications, giving them access to advanced post-secondary opportunities, and high-skilled internships and careers.
Through the Early College program, dual-enrollment initiatives, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Honors courses, 85% of high school students were enrolled in rigorous coursework last school year.
Two hundred fifty NNPS high school students who took Advanced Placement courses during the 2016-2017 school year were named 2017 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board. Students earning this distinction took at least three AP course exams and scored a 3 or better (out of 5) on each exam.
2,022 students took 3,373 Advanced Placement courses during the 2016-2017 school year. Recognizing the benefits of AP coursework, NNPS encourages all students to prepare for and take at least one AP class. Studies show that AP courses move students towards a higher level of preparedness for success after high school. Students with qualifying grades may earn college credit. NNPS offers more Advanced Placement courses than any other school district or private school on the Virginia Peninsula.
Five high school students were recognized in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Hispanic Scholars Program. The privately-financed, competition programs evaluate scores, and recognize high performing students - those with the highest PSAT Index scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition.
Over 80% of all secondary students participated in a club, activity or sport, connecting them to school through the school district's youth development program.
NNPS Has Qualified Educators. NNPS has 51 National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification is recognized nationally as a benchmark for teacher quality and is the highest credential in the profession. Over ninety-nine percent of NNPS teachers are designated as highly qualified by federal standards.
Awards. Newport News Public Schools received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. The grant will fund materials for Engineering Design Challenges, STEM Labs at two elementary magnet schools and the annual STEM Community Day, which attracts nearly 10,000 students and community members.
Newport News Public Schools was voted Young Audiences of Virginia's 2017 Sunburst Education Partner of the Year as a result of the division embracing Young Audiences' mission to "engage and inspire students in and through the arts." NNPS has partnered with Young Audiences to provide arts programming to multiple extended learning programs such as 21st Century Learning Centers, WE LEAP, Saturday Academy, SPARK and SPARK Camps, which serve nearly 10,000 students.
Discovery STEM Academy, Newport News Public Schools' newest elementary school, was awarded the Learning By Design Award of Excellence by Learning By Design Magazine. The school is one of five education facility design projects awarded the top prize this year. The Learning By Design program highlights the country's most engaging and enriching learning environments. Discovery STEM Academy was featured in the October 2017 edition of the national magazine.
The Heritage High School library was awarded a $25,000 Libraries Ready to Code grant by the American Library Association to launch Full STEAM Ahead, a program that teaches computational thinking and computer science techniques to special education students.
Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy, a PRIME School (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), was awarded a $40,000 grant from Arconic Foundation to develop a modeling and prototype lab to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in manufacturing. The lab will support all four of the Aviation Academy's pathways: aviation technology, flight operations, aerospace engineering, and aviation security and safety.
Seven schools are recognized as Virginia Naturally Schools for supporting environmental conservation and stewardship by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Deer Park Elementary earned the recognition for the fourth time and Marshall Early Learning Center was named a Virginia Naturally School for the second consecutive year. Five schools earned the designation for the first time: Denbigh Early Childhood Center, Discovery STEM Academy, Nelson Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary and Booker T. Washington Middle. This is the largest number of Newport News public schools to receive the Virginia Naturally designation.
Woodside High School was named a 2016-2017 W!SE Blue Star School for its students' performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The national certification test is given to high school students upon completion of the personal finance course. To earn the Blue Star designation, students must achieve an 80% pass rate on the test with either a majority of students at a given grade level taking the test or an average score of 85% or higher by students who take the test. Nine NNPS career and technical education teachers were named W!SE Gold Star teachers for their students' successful performance on the test.
Newport News Public Schools has earned two awards from the Association of School Business Officials International in recognition of outstanding financial management and distinguished budget presentation. NNPS received a Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2017 fiscal year and a Meritorious Budget Award for the 2017-2018 budget document.