High School: Student Services
Guidance and Counseling
NNPS Guidance and Counseling Services' mission is to provide a structural comprehensive program that is preventive and proactive in nature and focuses on each student's potential for growth within the context of his or her individual, family, and multicultural perspective. We do that with the assistance of certified, professional guidance counselors who assist students, parents, school staff, and outside agencies daily in each of our schools. Learn more about Guidance and Counseling Services.
The Department of Gifted Services provides a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of students with exceptional intellectual abilities from kindergarten through twelfth grade. We realize gifted students have special educational needs which must be met in order for them to reach their full potential, both intellectually and emotionally. Learn more about Gifted Services.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Newport News City has a diverse student population that includes students whose first language is not English. Newport News is proud to offer a program of study for non-English speaking students known as English as a Second Language (ESL). The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program of Newport News Public Schools was created and influenced from both the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Learn more about the ESL program at Newport News Public Schools.
Special Education Services support instructional programs for students with disabilities in the division. It is the goal of Special Education to ensure that each student with a disability has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with his/her potential to achieve. Learn more about Special Education.
The interscholastic athletic program at the high schools offers a variety of sports in which students may participate. Most of these sports have both varsity and junior varsity (JV) competition. In order to participate in varsity competition, students must be in grade 9 or above. Junior varsity teams consist of students in grades 8 through 10. All student athletes must have passed a minimum of five subjects for credit during the semester immediately preceding the one in which they are to participate. They must not have reached the age of 19 on or before August 1 of the school year in which they are to participate. Visit the Athletics web site for schedules, handbooks, forms and other resources pertaining to athletics in Newport News Public Schools.
Newport News Public Schools’ Driver Education program consists of 45 hours of classroom instruction, which includes 8 hours of alcohol education. The behind the wheel program consists of 8 hours of in-car driving and 8 hours of in-car observation. View more information about Driver Education.