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Report to the Community, Spring 2009Report to the Community

Report to the Community

More Newport News students are mastering tougher Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in math, English, science and history/social science.

The new tests are designed to better prepare students to meet the demands and opportunities of the 21st century.

  • NNPS offers over 70 Career and Technical Education courses.

  • Nearly SOL tests half of all NNPS graduates earn an Advanced Diploma.

  • NNPS students are making progress on all SOL tests.

  • Over 1400 students attend a full-day NNPS Early Childhood program.

NNPS’ Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High

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 period, the dropout rate has decreased to 2.4%, lower than the state average. NNPS provides an array of services to help students graduate on time (in four years).

Success by the Numbers

  • 54% of middle school students are successfully completing Algebra I or higher
  • 81% of second grade students are reading on grade level
  • 2,011 students earned an industry or professional certification
  • 66% of middle school students earn high school credit
  • 91% of high school students take at least one honors, AP or IB course
  • 772 high school students are dual enrolled in a college course
  • 100% of elementary students participate in service learning
  • 6,000 students participated in SPARK (Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge


  • Deer Park Elementary School was named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of its strong academic performance.

  • NNPS was awarded a $2.7 million Virginia Department of Education extended learning grant to support SPARK, Saturday Academies and afterschool programs.

  • Marshall Early Learning Center was named a 2016 Virginia Naturally School for its efforts in increasing environmental awareness.

  • Discovery STEM Academy, one of a few elementary schools in the country designed as a STEM learning facility, opened its doors in September. The curriculum features innovative, problem-based learning.

A Note to our community from the Superintendent:

Newport News students are making notable academic progress. We are proud of the advances our students and teachers have made, and the increase in accredited schools.

Our students are excelling in all of the benchmarks outlined in the NNPS Academic Agenda for Public Education: achievement, advancement and youth development. Academic achievement is increasing, students are taking more rigorous coursework, and students are participating in service learning and school activities in all grades.

Thanks to the combined efforts of our students, families, staff and the community, our schools will continue to see great progress as we prepare our students for the new opportunities of the 21st century.

As we celebrate American Education Week, we invite you to learn more about how our schools are preparing students to be college, career and citizen-ready. Visit us, log on and follow us on social media.

Ashby C. Kilgore, Superintendent