SPARK Program at NNPS

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).

Kindergarten through 8th Grade

SPARK registration forms will be distributed to rising kindergarten through seventh-grade students in April. K-8 SPARK applications should be turned in at your child's home school no later than May 3. Rising kindergarten through eighth-grade students will be assigned to a SPARK school location according to their home address. Please view the K-8 flyer for more information, dates and times. All applicants will be notified by mail in June as to their status (accepted or wait-listed).

High School

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

High Schools summer programs only: Free meals are offered through the Community Eligibility Provision for the majority of Newport News Public Schools; however, to qualify for reduced prices for high school SPARK sessions, you must have submitted a Free & Reduced Meal Form for the 2018-2019 school year or have received a direct certified letter for your students in August 2018. If you have not submitted this year or received a direct certified letter, please apply online. Enter the requested information as accurately as possible, and all data will be instantly and securely sent to your child(ren)'s school district for processing. Processing takes approximately 3 days. Please take a copy of the letter that you receive to your student's home school to verify a price reduction and to complete registration for summer school. If you have submitted an application or are direct certified and need a copy of your letter, please contact Child Nutrition Services at (757)881-5030.


SPARK includes:

  • Transportation at no cost
  • Meals at no cost
  • 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.

Extended Learning

Anthony Tyler, Extended Learning Administrator
(757) 283-7791 x.38851

For more information about elementary school SPARK, call (757) 283-7791. For information about middle school and high school SPARK programs, call (757) 283-7850.


SPARK Dates

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High School:

SPARK Applications

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