College, Career and Citizen-Ready!
Each day in Newport News Public Schools the focus is on one mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.
Advanced Placement Courses. The school division offers more Advanced Placement (AP) courses than any other school district or private school on the Peninsula. AP courses are open to all; students with qualifying grades may earn college credit.
Dual-Enrollment. High school juniors and seniors have the option of earning college credit and high school credit concurrently through dual-enrollment courses at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) and Norfolk State University.
Early College. High school seniors may earn up to 19 semester hours of college credit prior to high school graduation in this unique partner¬ship with Thomas Nelson Community College. During their senior year, students complete their high school course work during the first semester and attend TNCC during the second semester.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM). With innovative instruction, new technologies, renovated science labs, and resourceful business partners, students at all levels are engaged in hands-on and minds-on activities that prepare them for further education and rewarding career possibilities in STEM.
Industry Certifications. Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are designed around industry standards to ensure high-quality instruction for high-wage, high-demand and high-skill careers. CTE courses prepare students to earn more than a dozen industry certifications, accelerating student access to technical, high-skilled careers. NNPS High School Students Earn Industry and Professional Certifications through CTE Courses
Early Career. High school seniors can jump start their careers before graduation with this partnership program. During the first semester of their senior year, students complete their high school coursework and take special training courses. During the second semester, students begin working full time with a local business or industry partner.
Youth Development. Through school leadership academies and participation in clubs and organizations, students in all grades have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, volunteerism and citizenship.
Service Learning. Service to others is introduced, taught and practiced as part of the elementary curriculum. Middle and high school students provide a wealth of services to the community by contributing their time and talents to service projects and volunteer efforts.
Newport News Public Schools is continuing to excel!
More NNPS students are earning diplomas
By keeping the focus on college and career readiness, NNPS' graduation rate has increased to 89.5% in 2015 from 72.9 % six years ago.
During the same time, the dropout rate decreased to 2.4%. 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 Making Progress on SOL Tests
Student achievement increased in all subject areas on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests administered during the 2014-2015 school year. Results in mathematics had the largest gain, improving by eight percentage points when compared to 2013-2014 district results, and by 14 points since 2011-2012. Performance on English/reading tests improved five percentage points when compared to the prior year, and four percentage points from 2012-2013, when more challenging English/reading and writing SOL tests were introduced. District-wide performance in science improved by seven percentage points from 2013-2014 to 74% and NNPS students improved performance in history/social science by four percentage points to 81% over 2013-2014.
Newport News Public Schools curriculum is aligned to the new SOL content, but NNPS educators go beyond teaching the minimum state standards. The NNPS
curriculum combines the SOLs with the district's college, career and citizen-ready skills (information literacy, communication, critical thinking,
problem-solving, creativity and innovation, initiative and self-direction, social responsibility and collaboration) to better prepare students for success
as learners, future employee and contributing citizens.