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About Newport News Public Schools

About Our School District

College, Career and Citizen-ReadyEach day in Newport News Public Schools we focus on one mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.

Snapshot of NNPS Student Demographics

  Count %
Total Enrollment 29805 100.0%
- Male 15211 51.0%
- Female 14594 49.0%
- Black 15884 53.3%
- White 7545 25.3%
- Hispanic 3752 12.6%
- Asian 740 2.5%
- Multi-Race 1708 5.7%
- Native American 90 0.3%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Is. 86 0.3%
Special Education: 3957 13.3%
Talented and Gifted:* 4406 13.5%
Economically Disadvantaged: 18652 62.6%

Please note:
The demographic information presented above is an approximate "snapshot" of our student demographic data taken once each school year in October. This snapshot includes all students (full- and part-time, preschoolers, GED, special programs, etc.). Our web site may differ from the Virginia fall membership data because that report includes only full-time students (no preschoolers).

*Reported in June 2015

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.

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.

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.

Nine high school students were recognized in the 2015 National Merit and National Achievement scholarship programs. The privately-financed, competition programs evaluate scores, and recognize high performing students - those with the highest PSAT Index scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition in the National Merit® and National Achievement Scholarship programs.

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 earned a 2015 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition for its iSTEM Innovation Institute, a series of instructional courses for teachers. Selected as one of 10 programs from across the state to receive the award in recognition of its impact on STEM education, the iSTEM (Instructional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Innovation Institute is a series of four classes (one per semester) which build progressively from introducing the foundations of STEM and real-world applications, to STEM instruction across content areas.

The Governor's STEM Academy at Heritage High School and Newport News Shipbuilding's Career Pathways program earned the third place Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award from the National Career Pathways Network in October 2014. The award emphasizes the importance of career guidance and advising, and providing work-based learning opportunities for students.

Menchville High School was named a Blue Star school in November 2014 in recognition of its students successful performance on the 2013-2014 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. W!SE, or Working in Support of Education, is an organization dedicated to providing educational support services and building financial literacy. To earn the Blue Star recognition, a school must achieve a 75-percent pass rate on the standardized financial literacy test and have either a majority of students in a particular grade level take the test or have the students who took the test achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.

Two NNPS high schools were listed among the Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools list for 2015. Warwick was ranked 27th and Woodside was 66th in the state for offering students a challenging, rigorous curriculum. Both schools moved up in the state ranking this year.

The modeling and simulation program at Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy earned the 2015 Governor's Career and Technical Education Exemplary Standards Award. The program provides students with a rigorous, hands-on course of study in programming, advanced programming, digital simulation, and modeling and simulation.

NASA Langley Research Center and Denbigh High School Aviation Academy were awarded the Secondary Business and Industry Partnership Award during the Virginia Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards program. NASA Langley Research Center's long-standing partnership with the Aviation Academy provides additional educational resources and support for its curriculum, leading students to successful transitions to further education and the workplace.

Newport News Public Schools was awarded a Virginia Department of Education High School Innovation Planning Grant to establish an innovative two-year pilot program at Heritage High School that will create college, career and citizen-ready micro academies to provide students with flexible scheduling, additional online learning opportunities, expanded exploration of college and career options, job shadowing, and long-term internships.

Huntington Middle School was one of three schools in Virginia selected to receive a state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Center as part of the National Champion Schools campaign sponsored by the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils (NFGFC) and corporate sponsors. Huntington was selected to receive an interactive fitness center featuring $100,000 of TuffStuff fitness equipment including strength training equipment, cardio fitness equipment and interactive exercise games. The award also included the design, delivery and installation of the equipment.

Menchville High School was awarded $10,000 for their participation in the third annual Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge, the nation's leading and fastest growing free service learning program which aims to solve world hunger by teaching leadership skills to students. MHS students presented the $10,000 award check from Lead2Feed and the Yum! Brands Foundation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

Crittenden Middle School's Green Space Project, a partnership between the City of Newport News, Newport News Public Schools, the Newport News Green Foundation and Christopher Newport University, was awarded $8,000 for earning second place in the Taking Root outdoor beautification grant program sponsored by Troy-Bilt. The Crittenden Green Space Project is aimed at turning an underutilized courtyard area into a more usable, student-friendly, outdoor classroom.

Greenwood and Palmer elementary schools earned ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.

Newport News Public Schools earned a Meritorious Budget Award for its 2014-2015 annual budget. Presented by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the award acknowledges NNPS for excellence in budget presentation. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school divisions that have met or exceeded stringent criterion which includes budget goals and objectives, an explanation of the allocation of human and financial resources, a summary of revenues and expenses and an explanation of significant financial trends and initiatives.

Newport News Public Schools earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and a Certificate of Excellence from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2014 fiscal year.

Newport News Public Schools is one of 33 school divisions in Virginia to be certified "green" in 2014 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.


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