School Board approves Huntington Middle School Academic Plan


Posted: February 7, 2020

At its meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the School Board approved an academic plan for students who reside in the former Huntington Middle School attendance zone. As a result of this vote, fifth-grade students residing in this zone will be assigned to Huntington Middle School at Heritage High School for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. Students who applied to, and are accepted into, a middle school magnet program will receive an acceptance letter to attend that magnet program for the 2020-2021 school year. Magnet school acceptance and wait-list letters will be mailed to all families by mid-February. Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be assigned to the school that will best meet their academic needs.

During the past several months, the School Board and the Superintendent have solicited parent and community input through forums and public hearings.

The School Board will host a public hearing on the rezoning during its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Administration Building located at 12465 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News. Parents, students and members of the community are encouraged to attend to share their input on the academic plan rezoning.

The approved academic plan only assigns rising sixth-grade students in the former Huntington Middle School attendance zone to Huntington Middle School, which is housed in a wing of Heritage High School. The approved academic plan only affects rising sixth-grade students. Sixth and seventh-grade students currently attending Crittenden and Hines middle schools are not affected by the new academic plan; their attendance zones remain the same.

For more information, visit www.nnschools.org or call (757) 283-7850, Ext.10314.

Huntington Middle School Academic & Rezoning Plan Frequently Asked Questions

What was the process for developing the new academic plan/rezoning?

During the past several months, the Superintendent and the School Board have solicited parent and community input at forums and public hearings. The Superintendent held a Parent Forum on October 24, 2019 at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center to seek parent input on what is best for students in the former Huntington Middle School attendance zone.

During the School Board meeting on December 17, 2019, school administrators presented three options for School Board consideration after much research: (1) Maintain current plan which assigns rising 6th grade students (current 5th grade students) to Crittenden and Hines middle schools; (2) Reassign rising 6th grade students to Huntington Middle School at Heritage High School; and (3) Reassign rising 6th grade students to Huntington Middle School at Newsome Park Elementary School.

On January 14, 2020, the School Board held a public hearing at Marshall Early Learning Center to seek parent and community input on how the school division can best serve the students residing in the original Huntington Middle School attendance zone. An overview of the three proposals under consideration was shared prior to the public hearing.

During its January 21, 2020 meeting, the School Board voted to approve an academic plan which reassigns rising sixth-grade students (current fifth-grade students) in the former Huntington zone to Huntington Middle School at Heritage High School for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond until a new Huntington Middle School is built.

What is the new student assignment plan and how will it affect my children?

The approved academic plan only assigns rising sixth-grade students in the former Huntington Middle School attendance zone to Huntington Middle School, which is housed in a wing of Heritage High School.

The approved academic plan only affects rising sixth-grade students (current fifth-grade students). Sixth and seventh-grade students currently attending Crittenden and Hines middle schools are not affected by the new academic plan; their attendance zones remain the same.

Students who applied to, and are accepted into, a middle school magnet program will receive an acceptance letter to attend that magnet program for the 2020-2021 school year. Magnet school acceptance and wait-list letters will be mailed to all families by mid-February.

Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be assigned to the school that will best meet their academic needs.

Can families and students comment on the new student assignment plan?

Yes. The School Board is hosting a public hearing on the student rezoning plan during the School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the administration building auditorium. Parents, guardians, students and members of the community are welcome to attend and share their thoughts. Participants' comments are limited to three minutes during the public hearing.

When will the new assignment plan/rezoning be implemented?

The new reassignment plan will be implemented at the start of the 2020-2021 school year and beyond, until a new Huntington Middle School is built.

Can I send my child to another school other than Huntington Middle School at Heritage High School?

Parents and guardians may complete an Out-of-Zone Transfer Request Form if they wish for their child to attend a school other than Huntington Middle School at Heritage High School. The Out-of-Zone Transfer Request Form will be available online beginning February 18, 2020. Families must submit the request form by Friday, April 3, 2020 to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year.

Students who applied to, and are accepted into, a middle school magnet program will receive an acceptance letter to attend that magnet program for the 2020-2021 school year. Magnet school acceptance and wait-list letters will be mailed to all families by mid-February.

How will the school division communicate the new student assignment plan to families?

Families affected by the student reassignment will receive multiple communications to ensure they are notified of the change and other important information. Families should expect to receive a letter in the mail, phone calls and emails to keep them informed. In addition, families will be invited to Middle School Night at their respective schools in the spring.

Who can I reach out to if I have more questions about the rezoning?

Families may call the Secondary School Leadership Office at (757) 283-7850, Ext.10314.