SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge

SPARK Summer Program

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and based on the Governor’s phases for reopening schools, Newport News Public Schools will provide learning opportunities through at-home or online formats this summer, depending on your child's grade level or program. Please check below for program and registration information. Students and families should also refer to Summer Learning Resources for additional information about additional enrichment opportunities this summer.

Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, Outdoor Education will not be held this summer. Students are able to get PE credit by registering for PE1609 and/or PE2609. Please refer to the Spark Online Program section below for credit advancement.

SPARK Summer Program

Dr. Reggie Alston
Extended Learning Administrator
(757) 283-7791

SPARK Elementary: (757) 283-7791
SPARK Secondary: (757) 283-7850


Special In-person SPARK Programs

In response to the Governor's Phase 2 guidelines released June 9th, NNPS will provide some limited in-person instruction this summer for targeted students.

PEEP and SLD Programs

Program Dates: July 20-August 6

Student Hours: 9am-1pm

Registration Dates: June 18-July 9

PEEP & SLD Application

Program Information

The PEEP and SLD programs will take place at Kiln Creek Elementary School July 20 to August 6. Target populations are 3 and 4 year-old PEEP students and SLD students in grades K-3. Students will receive reading and math support. The deadline for registration is July 9.


ESY and Low-Incidence Programs

Program Dates: August 3 - 13

Registration Dates: June 18-July 23

ESY & Low-Incidence Application

Program Information

The ESY and low-incidence programs will take place at Kiln Creek Elementary School August 3 to August 13. Students will receive support towards mastery of standards and individual goals. The deadline for registration is July 23.

SPARK At-Home Program (PK-5)

Program Dates: July 6-30

Monday - Thursday

Administrators: Briana FosterNyema Gibbs

Registration Dates: June 4 - 23

PK-5 Application (en español)

Program Information

The elementary SPARK program will utilize an at-home learning format for summer 2020. If your child has been recommended for summer school on his or her 3rd marking period report card, or is receiving special education services, please register using the form below to receive reading support materials presented in a summer adventure "book bag." Your child's assigned summer school teacher will contact you to provide instructional support with the materials.

At-home learning materials will be available by July 6. Information about how to pick up your child's "book bag" will be provided at a later date. Please check back here for more information.

All current elementary students (including those not recommended for summer school) will have access to at summer learning resources listed on this website including summer reading lists, WHRO Virtual Classroom schedules and community partner resources and activities.

Please note, summer programs for elementary students are subject to revision based on ongoing guidance by the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education.

SPARK Online Program (6-8)

Program Dates: July 6-30

(Monday-Thursday)

Administrator: Marjo Holthaus

Application (Incomplete only) 

Program Information

The NNPS middle schools will recommend current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to attend the summer SPARK program. Students who are in jeopardy of failing English and/or mathematics for the school year or have not demonstrated mastery of the skills in those two subjects will be asked to register for the 16- day SPARK summer program, July 6-July 30. Letters will be mailed the week of June 8th notifying those identified students to register for the program. Please contact the school to confirm registration.

There will also be two 8-day sessions for students to work with teachers on completing multiple incomplete assignments to improve their fourth marking period grades. Letters will be mailed the week of June 8th to students who have multiple incomplete assignments in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign language. Those students will be able to work on completing incomplete assignments in two course subjects during these two sessions: July 6-July 16 and July 20-July 30.

Both of these summer SPARK programs will be delivered in a virtual setting with teacher support. Students will need to have a technology device, internet access and time to complete assignments. A limited number of Chromebooks will be made available for checkout to students who do not have access to a device at home.

SPARK Online Program (9-12): Credit Recovery and Credit Advancement

Session I Dates:
June 29 - July 16
(Mon-Thu)

Session II Dates:
July 20 - August 6
(Mon-Thu)

Administrator: Melissa Rhodes

Registration Dates:
Session I: June 4-24
Session II: June 4 - July 15

Registration Form (My Payments Plus)

Please note: To register for summer school classes, you will need a My Payments Plus account. Click here for more information about how to get an account.

Program Information

Secondary students will have the opportunity to retake courses (recovery), or to take a new course (advancement), during the summer SPARK program. The link to the registration form with the courses offered this summer is listed below. Families should contact their child’s counselor as they complete the registration form, to ensure that they are registering for the correct course. The high school program consists of two sessions; Session I June 29-July 16, only first semester courses are offered during this time; Session II July 20-August 6, only second semester courses are offered during this time. There is a $50 fee to register for both a recovery or advancement course,plus a $2 processing fee per course. Refunds will not be granted for failure to attend or failure to participate.

For both of the programs, students will need a device, internet access, and time to complete course work or assignments. A limited number of Chromebooks will be made available for checkout to students who do not have access to a device at home.

Please note:

  • NNPS teachers will use the Virtual Virginia (VVA) learning platform for most courses and D2L for physical education, health, and economics and personal finance courses.
  • Success in a virtual learning environment will require students to prioritize their work and effective time management.
  • Your assigned teacher will be in contact with class schedules and expectations before the start of courses
Course First Semester Second Semester
Credit Recovery
(repeat credit)

9 English
10 English
11 English
Algebra I
AFDA
Geometry
Algebra II
Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
World Geography
World History
US History

9 English
10 English
11 English
Algebra I
AFDA
Geometry
Algebra II
Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
World Geography
World History
US History
Credit Advancement
(first time credit)
Health I
Health II
PE 1
PE II
Geometry
Algebra II
Economics & Personal Finance
Driver Education
(non-credit/green card certification)
Health I
Health II
PE 1
PE II
Geometry
Algebra I
Algebra II
Driver Education
(non-credit/green card certification)

SPARK Online Program (9-12): Grade Recovery/Incompletes

Session I Dates:
A. June 29 - July 7
(Mon-Thu)
B. July 8-16 (Mon-Thu)

Session II Dates:
A. July 20-28 (Mon-Thu)
B. July 29 - August 6 (Mon-Thu)

Administrator: Melissa Rhodes

9-12 Application 

Program Information

An additional program will be offered this summer for those high school students who have multiple incomplete assignments. Teachers will work with students to complete missing assignments to improve their fourth marking grade and to master necessary skills. There will be four sessions for students to work with a teacher to complete these missing assignments:

  • Session I-A: June 29-July 7
  • Session I-B: July 8-July 16
  • Session II-A: July 20-July 28
  • Session II - B: July 29-August 6.

Families of qualifying students will be notified of the need to register for one or more of these sessions. There is no cost for this program.

For this program, students will need a device, internet access, and time to complete course work or assignments. A limited number of Chromebooks will be made available for checkout to students who do not have access to a device at home.

Please note:

  • NNPS teachers will use the Google Classroom platform for incomplete courses.
  • Success in a virtual learning environment will require students to prioritize their work and effective time management.
  • Your assigned teacher will be in contact with class schedules and expectations before the start of courses

Virtual STEM Camps

Camp Dates:
Engineering: July 6-9
Coding: July 13-16
Robotics: July 20-23
Cybersecurity: July 27-30

Administrators: TBA

Go to the STEM Camps Website for registration.

Program Information

Newport New Public Schools has an action-packed summer planned for our rising 6th - 8th grade students. We will offer highly engaging, teacher-led, Virtual STEM Summer Camps throughout the entire the month of July.

Each camp will be facilitated using Zoom and Google/Bitmoji Classrooms. All camps will be limited to 100 students. Campers may join one or all four camps: Engineering, Coding, Robotics, and Cybersecurity. Registration Information

All camps are FREE and materials will be provided!