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SPARK: Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge

Summer Program for Arts, Recreation & Knowledge (SPARK)

SPARK Camps logo

NNPS students can explore their interests in-depth this August by selecting from a menu of SPARK summer enrichment camps for rising 3rd through 8th graders.

SPARK Camp Options (Mon-Thur)
Week 1: August 7-10
Week 2: August 14-17
2 Weeks: August 7-17

SPARK Camp Registration and Info
(en espanol)

SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge, joins Newport News Public Schools with local businesses, museums, non-profit organizations and city agencies to provide an engaging menu of offerings for students four days a week during the summer. With meals and transportation provided and no tuition costs for kindergarten through eighth-grade students, SPARK is a great opportunity for young people across the city.

Morning opportunities include Early Learning Lab, Reading & Math Camp, College Readiness, Credit Advancement & Recovery, Outdoor Education, and Freshman Transition.

Afternoon enrichment opportunities partner-provided experiences in Art, Athletics & Recreation, Career-Readiness, Museum Field Trips, and STEM.

A National School Boards Association Magna Award winner for exemplary and innovative student learning, SPARK started with 2,000 students in 2015 and expanded to 6,000 in 2016. The 2017 session ran from July 5 through August 3, Mondays through Thursdays.

SPARK school assignments are determined by your home address as documented in the official NNPS database. SPARK site location and bus information are sent home in June.

Student Registration

SPARK is open to all students enrolled in Newport News Public Schools (An Achievable Dream students in third through 12th grade will participate in the Achievable Dream summer program).

SPARK registration forms were distributed to rising kindergarten through eighth-grade students in April. K-8 SPARK applications should be turned in at your child's home school no later than May 5. Rising kindergarten through eighth-grade students will be assigned to a SPARK school location according to their home address.
K-8 Registration (en espanol)

High school SPARK registration forms are available in the school counseling office of all middle and high schools. Please view the attached flyer for times, locations, and courses offered.
High School Session 1   |   High School Session 2

All applicants will be notified by mail in June as to their status (accepted or wait-listed).

SPARK includes:

- Transportation at no cost (view bus stops)
- Meals at no cost (view summer menu)
- High-quality teachers, coaches and mentors
- Exposure to college, career and citizenship programs
- Field trips
- Involvement with community partners

Children who are without access to summer learning programs are at particular risk of losing the academic, social and emotional gains they have accrued during the school year. In our country today, too many children slip farther and farther behind each summer. Just as afterschool programs have the potential to support student learning, so do summer learning programs.

Newport News Public Schools has launched this community-wide effort to ensure that students have access to extended learning opportunities. This concept permits students to select from an array of offerings including academics, leadership, physical fitness, mentoring, art, music, dance and more.

SPARK In The News

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From WVEC 13 News Now:
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Summer Reading Lists

NNPS encourages all of its students to read during the summer for enjoyment, leisure, and learning. We have compiled a list of suggested books that are fun, engaging, mysterious, thought-provoking, informative, meaningful, inventive, inspiring, motivational, and more! The list includes award-winning books as well as others recognized by our faculty and various literary journals as meaningful reading for students of various ages.


An Achievable Dream Summer Intercession

An Achievable Dream Academy Summer Intersession: An Achievable Dream Academy hosts a mandatory summer intersession each year for all students in grades 3-5. This summer intersession provides the opportunity for students to get a "jump-start" on their academic success for the upcoming school year and experience a vast array of enrichment experiences. The summer program is directed by An Achievable Dream, Inc. Contact Lee Vreeland at 283-7820.

GEAR-UP Virginia: Summer Leadership Program

Are you a Rising Freshman in the GEAR UP Program? Join us this summer for morning instruction in the areas of English and Algebra-Readiness, with afternoon sessions focused on college, career and citizen-readiness! Participants will earn one high school elective credit after successfully completing the Summer Leadership Program. There is no cost for the program. Transportation, meals, snacks, materials and field trips are included. For more information, contact Vickie Madison, NNPS GEAR-UP Coordinator, (757)881-5461 x.12221. Download information and permission form.

English as a Second Language

ESL Summer School Learning Lab is a 16-day experience for newcomer/intensive ESL students in rising kindergarten through rising 5th grade. The experience will focus on English language development and problem solving through integrated Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (STEM). Students will learn, play, and have fun while developing skills and concepts. Each week, students will participate in language experience field trips further exploring the language of science and math in context. Students will also engage a variety of design challenges providing opportunities for collaboration and integration of language learning with a focus on listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English. Call 283-7823 for additional information.

Summer Institute for the Arts

The Newport News Summer Institute for the Arts offers an intensive six-week program in dance, theatre arts, music, and visual arts each summer. Students are selected by a panel of area artists and educators on the basis of written applications, auditions, review or portfolios, and interviews. The Summer Institute for the Arts is intended for rising 8th grade through rising 12th grade students. More information.

Outdoor Education, Health and Driver Education

Outdoor Education, Health and Driver Education: These programs can be used for credit advancement (for rising 9th-12th grade students). Contact Amy Jones, 283-7850 x.10241 for Outdoor and Health Education, and contact Belinda Langston at 591-4601 for Driver Education information.