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

College, Career, Citizen-Ready

College, Career and Citizen-Ready!

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


  • Advanced Placement Courses. The school division offers more Advanced Placement (AP) courses than any other school district or private school on the Peninsula. AP courses are open to all; students with qualifying grades may earn college credit.

  • Dual-Enrollment. High school juniors and seniors have the option of earning college credit and high school credit concurrently through dual-enrollment courses at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) and Norfolk State University.

  • Early College. High school seniors may earn up to 19 semester hours of college credit prior to high school graduation in this unique partner¬ship with Thomas Nelson Community College. During their senior year, students complete their high school course work during the first semester and attend TNCC during the second semester.



  • Youth Development. Through school leadership academies and participation in clubs and organizations, students in all grades have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, volunteerism and citizenship.

  • Service Learning. Service to others is introduced, taught and practiced as part of the elementary curriculum. Middle and high school students provide a wealth of services to the community by contributing their time and talents to service projects and volunteer efforts.

Newport News Public Schools is continuing to excel!

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.