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About Our School District
Each day in Newport News Public Schools we focus on one mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.
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NNPS at a Glance
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. (View directory of schools.)
With a new 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.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS
More NNPS Students are Earning Diplomas
By keeping the focus on college and career readiness, NNPS' graduation rate has increased to 92.1% in 2016 from 72.9 % eight 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.
NNPS Students are Preparing for Successful Futures
More high-school students are earning industry certifications, preparing them for future careers. In 2015, NNPS students earned 1,858 certifications, compared to 741 in 2011.
Eighty-nine percent of high school students completed an honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course.
Fifty-eight percent of NNPS seniors took the SAT test to prepare for college admission, a three percent increase over the previous year. As part of Newport News Public Schools' mission to ensure that students graduate college, career and citizen-ready, high school seniors are encouraged to take the SAT to prepare them for college and post-secondary education opportunities.
Nearly 2,083 students took 3,374 Advanced Placement courses during the 2014-2015 school year. From 2010 to 2015, the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement coursework rose 27%. 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 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The privately-financed, competition program evaluates scores, and recognizes high performing students - those with the highest PSAT Index scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship program.
Seventy-eight percent 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 63 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 (99%) of NNPS teachers are designated as highly qualified by federal No Child Left Behind standards.
Newport News Public Schools was named a District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine for the successful launch of SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge, in July 2015. SPARK, part of NNPS' extended learning initiative, provided a comprehensive menu of full-day instruction and enrichment activities for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. With meals and transportation provided, no tuition costs and a wealth of classes, workshops and field trips, SPARK transformed summer into a positive youth development program for nearly 2,000 students.
Newport News Public Schools earned a 2016 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for the elementary Engineering Design Challenges, quarterly events that challenge teams from each school to collaborate in rigorous, career-based competitions. Selected as one of 10 programs from across the state to receive the award in recognition of its impact on STEM education, the Engineering Design Challenges task students to design and build a piece of equipment that successfully completes the assigned mission. The challenges have a real world emphasis and include a partnership with a local business or organization and the school system.
Heritage, Menchville, Warwick and Woodside high schools were named 2014-2015 W!SE Blue Star Schools for their 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 attending the school must achieve a 75% pass rate on the test with either a majority of students at a given grade level taking the test or an average score of 80% or higher by students who take the test.
Karen Heist, a Spanish teacher at Woodside High School, received the 2015 David Cox Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching from the Foreign Language Association of Virginia, the highest state award for foreign language teachers. Heist received the award at the association's annual conference held in Williamsburg in September 2015.
Three NNPS projects were awarded Dominion educational grants to help fund STEM programs. Epes Elementary School was awarded $500 for an Insect Investigations initiative to teach students about insects and the importance of maintaining healthy habitats. B.T. Washington Middle School received a $1,000 grant to help students explore marine science careers. And the school division was granted $1,000 to purchase two LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Programmable EV3 Robots, the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® software package, and a EV3 Expansion Set.
Two hundred and nineteen Newport News Public Schools students were named 2015 AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars. Students given this distinction had to take at least three AP Exams and score a 3 or better on each exam in order to qualify. Five NNPS students were named National Advanced Placement Scholars for their achievements on Advanced Placement exams. National AP Scholars receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.
Newport News Public Schools earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and a Certificate of Excellence from the Association of School Business Officials for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2014 fiscal year. The GFOA Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The Association of School Business Officials International's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to NNPS for exceeding the program's high standards for financial reporting, accountability and transparency.
Newport News Public Schools earned a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year 2016 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.
Newport News Public Schools was one of 33 school divisions in Virginia to be certified "green" in 2015 through the Virginia School Boards Association's Green Schools Challenge, a competition designed to encourage environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions and increase environmental awareness. To earn the designation, NNPS was evaluated against 30 benchmarks for energy efficiency, waste management, green building and educational opportunities. The school district has implemented energy improvement programs, launched recycling programs, integrated conservation into the curriculum and created outdoor classrooms.