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NNPS Class of 2017 is prepared for success

(06/09/2017) - This week more than 1,600 students will graduate from Newport News Public Schools having completed a demanding course of study that ensures they are college, career and citizen-ready.

The Class of 2017 has earned over $42 million in awards and scholarships from universities, colleges and military institutions throughout the country. Nearly half of the graduates are earning an Advanced Studies Diploma, which requires an additional year of study in advance math, laboratory science and history/social science, and three years of study in a world language.

Newport News students also earned over 2,500 career and technical industry 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, 70% of high school students were enrolled in rigorous coursework this school year. Newport News students have access to more Advanced Placement courses than any other school district or private school on the Peninsula. 2,065 high school students took 3,455 AP courses last year, with qualifying grades earning students important college credits. Students were also active in their school communities, with over 84% of all high school students participating in clubs, activities and sports, as part of the school division's Youth Development initiative.

Through innovative instruction and learning designed to build the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for 21st century success, the graduates of Newport News Public Schools are prepared for success.

An Achievable Dream High School will hold its commencement at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the Ferguson Center on the campus of Christopher Newport University.

Five commencements will be held at the Hampton Coliseum. On Saturday, June 10, Denbigh High School's ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.; Heritage High School's commencement will be held at 2 p.m., followed by the ceremony for Menchville High School at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, June 11, the ceremony for Warwick High School will be held at 2 p.m. and Woodside High School's commencement will take place at 6 p.m.

Tickets are required to attend commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies held at the Hampton Coliseum on Saturday June 10, and Sunday, June 11, will stream live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Je7ZYD_QK4Q .

View more information about the NNPS graduation ceremonies.


Hundreds of NNPS high school seniors participated in Senior Walks	at various elementary schools during Senior Week. The soon-to-be graduates donned their caps and gowns and paraded through the halls of the elementary schools while the younger students cheered them on. The seniors, in turn, encouraged the elementary students to perform well in school.
Hundreds of NNPS high school seniors participated in Senior Walks at various elementary schools during Senior Week. The soon-to-be graduates donned their caps and gowns and paraded through the halls of the elementary schools while the younger students cheered them on. The seniors, in turn, encouraged the elementary students to perform well in school.


Class of 2017 Fast Facts

An Achievable Dream High School Menchville High School
Number of Graduates (approx.): 64 Number of Graduates (approx.): 345
Percent Graduating with a 3.0+ GPA: 46% Percent Graduating with a 3.0+ GPA: 48%
Total Career & Technical Ed Credentials Earned: 88 Total Career & Technical Ed Credentials Earned: 495
Scholarships and Academic Awards Earned: $2.0 million Scholarships and Academic Awards Earned: $10 million
Denbigh High School Warwick High School
Number of Graduates (approx.): 241 Number of Graduates (approx.): 293
Percent Graduating with a 3.0+ GPA: 29% Percent Graduating with a 3.0+ GPA: 44%
Total Career & Technical Ed Credentials Earned: 317 Total Career & Technical Ed Credentials Earned: 412
Scholarships and Academic Awards Earned: $3.8 million Scholarships and Academic Awards Earned: $6.5 million
Heritage High School Woodside High School
Number of Graduates (approx.): 279 Number of Graduates (approx.): 445
Percent Graduating with a 3.0+ GPA: 36% Percent Graduating with a 3.0+ GPA: 47%
Total Career & Technical Ed Credentials Earned: 458 Total Career & Technical Ed Credentials Earned: 697
Scholarships and Academic Awards Earned: $9.5 million Scholarships and Academic Awards Earned: $10.9 million