SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge

SPARK Summer Program

Newport News Public Schools is planning for a great summer of in-person teaching and learning. SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge, will include a six-week program for rising kindergarten through 8th grade students and two three-week sessions for rising 9-12th grade students.

SPARK 2021 will have a heightened focus on student literacy and mathematics skills in addition to enrichment opportunities in STEM, fine arts and other areas.

Meals and transportation will be provided. NNPS will continue implementation of the recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mitigation strategies to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. The use of face masks and social distancing will be required.

SPARK Summer Program

Karen Lynch
Extended Learning Administrator

Christine Monteith

SPARK Elementary: (757) 283-7791
SPARK Secondary: (757) 283-7850

Elementary and Middle School

SPARK Dates: July 6 - August 12 (Mon-Thu)

Camp Week: August 9-12 (Mon-Thu)

Elementary Locations: Various schools

Middle School Location: Gildersleeve Middle School

Program Information

A six-week program will be offered for elementary (K-5) and middle (6-8) school students from July 6 through August 12, Monday through Thursday. The week of August 9-12 will be a camp week. Students will engage in hands-on experiences with partners.

The elementary school program will be held in-person at various school locations. The middle school program will be held in-person at Gildersleeve Middle School.

Elementary and middle school students will receive invitations to attend SPARK based on assessment information such as reading diagnostic data and other criteria. Schools will begin inviting students to attend in mid-May.

High School SPARK Program (rising 9-12): Credit Recovery and Credit Advancement

Session I Dates:
June 28 - July 15

Session II Dates:
July 19 - August 5

Location: Heritage High School

Terry Fenner & Tiffany Thompson

Registration Dates & Deadlines:
Session I: May 12-June 15
Session II: May 12-July 12

High School SPARK Registration Flyers:
Session I, June 28-July 15 (en español)
Session II, July 19-August 5 (en español)

Please note: To register for summer school classes, you will need a My Payments Plus account.

Program Information

High school students may take courses for credit advancement and credit recovery at Heritage High School. Two sessions will be offered: June 28-July 15 and July 19-August 5.

A 9th grade transition program will be offered during the second session. Registration is underway.

SPARK school assignments are determined by the student's home address as documented in the official NNPS database. SPARK site location and bus information will be available in June.

SPARK is a National School Boards Association Magna Award winner for exemplary and innovative student learning.

Student Registration

Secondary students will have the opportunity to retake courses (credit recovery), or to take a new course (credit advancement), during the summer SPARK program. Families should contact their child's counselor as they complete the registration form, to ensure that they are registering for the correct course.

The high school program consists of two sessions; Session I June 28-July 15, only first semester courses are offered during this time; Session II July 19-August 5, only second semester courses are offered during this time. There is a $50 fee to register for both a recovery or advancement course,plus a $2 processing fee per course. Refunds will not be granted for failure to attend or failure to participate.

All summer classes will be taught in-person, and attendance is mandatory.

For students desiring a virtual option, please refer to Virtual Virginia for enrollment options. The deadline to register for Virtual Virginia classes is Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Classes will only be offered if there is significant enrollment.

How to Register and Add a Student to My Payments Plus (en español)

After registering and adding your student to your My Payments Plus account, please follow these next steps:

  • At the top of the page, select "Events and Activities."
  • Select "Summer School 2021."
  • Click on the student name to whom you are registering for a high school summer class.
  • Scroll through the list of courses offered, being sure to select the appropriate course and session, select course (students can take only one class per session).
  • Add course to cart.
  • Complete registration form and save.
  • At top of page, click on your cart/checkout.
  • Proceed to checkout. You must have a credit card associated with your My Payments Plus account in order to finalize the summer school registration.

REMINDER: Personal Finance is a full-year class that extends throughout both sessions of summer school. This course cannot be broken into two parts. Participation in Personal Finance is required from June 28-August 5 for credit advancement and credit recovery.