12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606  Phone: (757) 591-4500

Magnet and Specialty Programs

NNPS Magnet and Specialty Programs

Magnet & Specialty ProgramsNewport 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

DIRECTORY OF NNPS MAGNET & SPECIALTY PROGRAMS
 

 Magnet Applications

Elementary School:
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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 of January 6, 2017. 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.


Options & Opportunities  

This is a guide to help parents choose among the growing number of options available to students in Newport News. It includes descriptions of the Newport News comprehensive, magnet, and specialty programs and information about application and selection procedures. All schools-comprehensive, magnet programs and specialty academies-are built around the same core curriculum in all disciplines and meet all state Standards of Learning. Transportation is provided for all programs.

COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS

Provide a complete and well-balanced educational program
 
Serve children in specific neighborhoods or attendance zones
 
View school directory.

  MAGNETS & GOVERNOR'S ACADEMIES

Offer a specialized focus in the curriculum or distinctive type of environment or instruction
 
Serve children from across the city; every child is eligible to apply
 
Are designed to maintain racial balance of student body
 
View Directory of Programs

 SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

Serve special needs of particular groups of students
 
Have specific entrance requirements
 
View Directory of Programs

Apply for Magnet & Specialty Programs

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
     

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. 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.
  • All applicants will be notified by mail after February 10, 2017.
  • Deadline to decline placement is February 24, 2017.

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.