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12465 Warwick Boulevard  •  Newport News, VA 23606  •  Phone: (757) 591-4500

About Newport News Public Schools

College, Career and Citizen-Ready

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

About Our School District

OUR VISION: Newport News Public Schools is a community of lifelong learners that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and values required for productive global citizenship.

OUR MISSION: The mission of Newport News Public Schools is to provide a quality education that encourages every student to realize his/her fullest potential.

Snapshot of NNPS Student Demographics

  Count %
Total Enrollment 29553 100.0%
- Male 15041 50.9%
- Female 14512 49.1%
- Black 15833 53.6%
- White 7618 25.8%
- Hispanic 3725 12.6%
- Asian 769 2.6%
- Multi-Race 1432 4.8%
- Native American 102 0.3%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Is. 74 0.3%
Special Education: 3565 12.1%
Talented and Gifted: 2967 10.0%
Economically Disadvantaged: 18706 63.3%

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).

NNPS at a Glance

The Newport News Public Schools division educates approximately 29,700 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.)

We continue to work hard to improve our students’ proficiency in literacy and math by supporting teachers in their instruction, developing a coherent curriculum, and using data to foster continuous improvement. We believe that rigorous course work, coupled with increased time for instruction, new teaching tools, and technology innovations, will boost student achievement.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Heritage High School was named a Governor's STEM Academy, the 17th program in the state to earn the distinction from the Virginia Board of Education. The new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) academy will focus on four program areas: architecture and engineering design, computer systems technology, electronics and engineering and modeling and simulation. More about STEM at NNPS.

  • Warwick High School was named a Governor's Health Sciences Academy. The new academy will offer two health science career pathways in the fall of 2013: support services and therapeutic services.

  • NNPS provides a comprehensive array of supports and services to help students stay in school and graduate on time:

    • The number of students graduating on-time (in four years) has increased from 73% in 2008 to 82.9% in 2012.

    • Since 2008, the dropout rate has reduced from 14% to 6.1% in 2012.

  • More high-school students are earning industry certifications, preparing them for future careers. In 2012, NNPS students earned 861 certifications, compared to 741 in 2011.

  • NNPS was awarded several grants to advance our work with students: a Governor's Youth Development Grant for a summer Youth Development Academy to expose 9th and 10th grade students to STEM enrichment activities; an instructional technology grant from the Virginia Department of Education to advance student and teacher online collaborative workspaces through our Anytime/Anywhere Learning project; and a state Bullying Prevention Program grant to implement an evidence-based prevention and peer relations program for 3rd through 5th grade students in eight elementary schools.

  • This year, NNPS launched the Early College program at all high schools. The program gives high school seniors the opportunity to complete their high school courses during the first semester of their senior year, and attend Thomas Nelson Community College during the second semester. Students may earn up to 19 credit hours in the program. Seventy-five students are enrolled in the Early College program.

  • The school district continues its fourth year of its Dropout Prevention and Recovery program. Over 900 students who had dropped out have returned and are on track to earn a high school diploma or GED. Starting in middle school, intervention plans are implemented for youth who are at risk of dropping out, and the transition process for rising ninth graders was expanded.

  • To provide additional class options, online courses are offered at all high schools. Students also have the option of receiving college credit through dual enrollment at Thomas Nelson Community College. Last year (2011-2012), 1,340 students earned college credit.

  • NNPS has 65 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.


  • Fifteen Newport News students are recognized in the 2013 National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholarship programs. The students are among the highest scorers on the 2011 PSAT.

  • 2,876 Advanced Placement Exams were administered to 1,744 students in May 2012.   The number of AP Exams administered increased by 6% and the number of students taking at least one AP Exam increased by 1% compared to 2011.

    • 228 students were named 2012 Advanced Placement Scholars, Scholars with Honor, or Scholars with Distinction, qualifying them for potential college credit. To receive this distinction, a student must receive grades of three or higher (out of five) on at least three Advanced Placement exams. Three students were named National AP Scholars. National AP Scholars receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams and scores of 4 or higher on at least eight AP exams.

  • Menchville and Warwick were named to the Washington Post High School Challenge Index which measures rigor based on AP and IB exam participation.

  • Heritage and Menchville High Schools were named Blue Star Schools for students' performance on the Working in Support of Education (W!SE) Financial Literacy Certification Test and were listed among the top 25 Best W!SE High Schools in the country teaching personal finance.

  • The Summer of Innovation/STEM Academy program held last summer earned a 2013 Excellence in Education Award from the Virginia Tech School of Education. Through a 21st Century federal grant, students in the STEM Academy participated in hands-on STEM activities under the guidance of NNPS teachers and volunteers from Newport News Shipbuilding, NASA, Jefferson Lab and Lowe's. The award will be presented to the Superintendent at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents' Spring Conference in May.

  • Newport News Public Schools is certified as a 2012 Virginia School Boards Association Green Schools Division. NNPS is one of 32 school divisions in Virginia to be certified green; the district received a silver award. 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.

  • Newport News Public Schools has earned several awards in recognition of outstanding financial management and distinguished budget presentation. The School Board's comprehensive budget document earned the Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2012. In addition, the board's FY 2011 budget earned the Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation.


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