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About Our School District

Each 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

Total Enrollment29197100.0%
- Female1434449.1%
- Male1485350.9%
- American Indian870.3%
- Asian7342.5%
- Black1555553.3%
- Hispanic366212.5%
- Native Hawaiian850.3%
- White740125.3%
- Two or more races16735.7%
Students with Disabilities334611.5%
Economically Disadvantaged1834662.8%

Please note:
The demographic information presented above is from the fall membership report to the Virginia Department of Education. The Virginia Department of Education annually collects statistics on the number of students enrolled in public schools on September 30. Student counts are reported by grade assignment, race, ethnicity, disability, English proficiency, and economic status. The collection of race and ethnicity information as specified by the U.S. Department of Education is required for eligibility for federal education funds and for accountability reports.

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 92.1% in 2016 from 72.9 % eight 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

Newport News Public Schools Standards of Learning (SOL) tests scores show steady progress in all subject areas during the 2015-2016 school year. The overall performance of students on SOL mathematics tests increased by one percentage point, mirroring the state increase. The mathematics pass rate increased from 71% to 72% when comparing 2015-2016 results to the previous year. Student performance in mathematics has improved by 15 percentage points since the 2011-2012 school year when the revised mathematics standards were first assessed. Performance on English/reading tests improved one percentage point when compared to the prior year and five percentage points from 2012-2013, when more challenging English/reading and writing SOL tests were introduced by the Virginia Department of Education. Division-wide performance in science improved by two percentage points from 2014-2015 to 76%. Division-wide student performance in science has improved by five percentage points since the 2010 standards were first assessed during the 2012-2013 school year. NNPS overall student performance in history/social science improved by one percentage point to 82% when compared to the 2014-2015 school year.

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

A Heritage High Governor's STEM Academy student demonstrates one of the tools in the school's new Technology Learning Center to School Board Chairman Jeff Stodghill, Regional Administrator for the EPA Shawn Garvin, and U.S. General Services Administration Area Property Officer Richard Creal.

Dozier Middle School sixth-grade students compete to build a closed-loop recycling system at a divisionwide Engineering Design Challenge.

More high-school students are earning industry certifications, preparing them for future careers, in 2016, NNPS students earned 2,011 certifications, compared to 741 in 2011.

Ninety-one percent of high school students completed an honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course.

Fifty-four percent of NNPS seniors took the SAT 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 2,022 students took 3,395 Advanced Placement courses during the 2015-2016 school year. From 2011 to 2016, the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement coursework rose 17%. 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.

Five high school students were recognized in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The privately-financed, competition program evaluates scores, and recognizes high performing students - those with the highest PSAT Index scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship program.

Seventy-nine 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.


Deer Park Elementary School's outdoor courtyard provides an extension of the classroom and gives students hands-on lessons with the butterfly and vegetable gardens, monarch butterfly way station, pond, birdhouses, rain barrels and habitat tower.

Marshall ELC students in their community garden.

Deer Park Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School for its strong academic performance. The prestigious list includes the top-performing schools in the nation. Deer Park, an environmental science magnet school with 530 students, is among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving the honor. Deer Park Elementary School is recognized in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.

Marshall Early Learning Center is named a 2016 Virginia Naturally School for its efforts in increasing student environmental awareness and stewardship. Working with a master gardener, the preschool and kindergarten students cultivated and planted a community garden which yielded bushels of squash, cucumbers and tomatoes for the students and the community. Students and staff also planted a flower and plant garden and created outdoor learning spaces. Marshall Early Learning Center is one of 66 schools in the state to earn recognition through the program administered by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the state Department of Education.

Menchville and Woodside high schools were named 2015-2016 W!SE blue Star Schools for their students' performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The national certification test is given to high school students upon completion of the personal finance course. To earn the Blue Star designation, students attending the school must achieve a 75% pass rate on the test with either a majority of students at a given grade level taking the test or an average score of 80% or higher by students who take the test.

Woodside High School was awarded a $10,000 grant to transform library space into a "learning commons" from bestselling author James Patterson. The grant will allow the addition of a makerspace, a learning center with tools that students can use to create and build. The makerspace at Woodside will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). The high school is among 452 schools to receive a grant.

Pictured (left to right) are Chuck Drake, VA STAR State Coordinator; Sharon Henry, Executive Director, SPARK Education Foundation; Keyanna Conner, State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Chinell Callwood, Program Administrator, Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy; and Caleb Steele and Benjamin Williams, Jr., Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy Students

Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy earned the Virginia STAR Best Practice Award for its program that refurbishes surplus computer hardware to donate to students and families in need. The award honoring outstanding Virginia STAR programs that implement innovative practices and make a positive community impact was announced and presented during the VA STAR annual meeting on January 19. Heritage High School joined the Virginia STAR program in 2014. The school's student IT specialists have refurbished and donated 50 computers to local students.

Two hundred and eighteen Newport News Public Schools students were named 2016 AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars. Students given this distinction had to take at least three AP Exams and score a 3 or better on each exam in order to qualify. Five NNPS students were named National Advanced Placement Scholars for their achievements on Advanced Placement exams. National AP Scholars receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.

Newport News Public Schools has earned two awards for financial management practices and transparency from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The school division's 2016-2017 budget document received a Meritorious Budget Award and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2015 earned a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Meritorious Budget Award was presented to NNPS for excellence in preparation, presentation and distribution, and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest recognition for school division financial operations offered by ASBO and is only awarded to school divisions that exceed generally accepted accounting principles.

Newport News Public Schools earned a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year 2016budget from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

Newport News Public Schools was one of 29 school division in Virginia to be certified "green" in 2016 through the Virginia School Boards Association's Green School 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 education opportunities, which in earned the division a platinum certification. The school district has implemented energy improvement programs, launched environmental education and recycling programs in schools, integrated conservation into the curriculum, built "green" facilities, installed energy efficient LED lighting and windows, created rain harvesting practices, and created outdoor classrooms.



Bob Lust, our Music Arts Center representative stops by weekly to tend to repairs and supply needs. All band members in grades 6-12 are responsible for providing their own supplies, including reeds, valve oil, and cleaning materials.  If you are in Columbus, you can stop by one of their stores, or by any reputable music dealer and get these supplies.  They are also available online at and Woodwind/Brasswind (  If you would like to order through Bob and pay by check or cash, please download the form below, fill it out, and return with payment to Mr. Keller by Monday of each week.  Check is preferred, but cash is accepted, just be sure to put the cash in an envelope and staple it to the order form.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.  If you need further information, or need to inquire about an instrument rental or purchase, you can always contact Bob directly at


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