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

Accomplishments & Goals

Brian Nichols, Acting Superintendent

Brian Nichols, Acting SuperintendentBrian Nichols

During its December 5, 2017 special meeting, the School Board appointed Brian Nichols as the acting Superintendent of Schools to guide the daily operations of the school division effective December 21, 2017. Nichols brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about Newport News Public Schools having served the school division for 20 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, executive director and chief academic officer.

Nichols will serve in this capacity until the School Board appoints a permanent superintendent. Former Superintendent of Schools Ashby Kilgore announced her retirement in October 2017 after serving in the position for 10 years.

The School Board has engaged the services of the Virginia School Boards Association to assist with the search for a new superintendent. The School Board will seek public input regarding the qualifications for the new superintendent through surveys and public hearings beginning in January 2018.

The school division's core mission is to equip students with the knowledge and opportunities necessary to ensure that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.

NNPS is preparing students for college, careers, and citizenship

Thank you for your support of Newport News Public Schools. From service learning and STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) to career and industry certifications and the arts, Newport News Public Schools is providing the skills and tools essential to ensure that students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.

Because many of the disciplines and fields that our students will study or pursue as a career have yet to be invented, it is imperative that we prepare students for their future roles as learners, employees and productive citizens.

Newport News Public Schools' curriculum goes above and beyond the Virginia Standards of Learning by combining the SOLs with the school division'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 equip students with the technical and soft skills crucial for career success.

In addition to the core curriculum, all elementary school students participate in service learning and leadership development activities. All students are expected to work collaboratively to identify, study, research and lead a project that improves the environment. These citizen-ready skills are integrated within performance assessments or tasks that require students to demonstrate their understanding and application of learning goals.

At the middle school level, more students are taking advanced level math classes and world language courses and earning high school credit. Middle school students also receive instruction in technology, fine arts, living skills, career preparation programs and leadership initiatives. Newport News middle school students participate in a variety of enrichment activities and sports that expose them to real-world applications and teamwork.

In high school options and opportunities abound with Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy, the Governor's STEM Academy at Heritage High School, the Health Sciences Academy and the International Baccalaureate Centre at Warwick High School, the Center for Arts and Communications at Woodside High School, and over 60 career and technical education courses that prepare students to earn over 20 industry and business certifications. In 2016, NNPS students earned more than 2,000 industry certifications preparing them for access to technical, high-skilled careers.

Newport News Public Schools also offers over 25 Advanced Placement courses and an Early College Program that gives students the opportunity to earn up to 19 semester hours of college credit prior to high school graduation. In this unique partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College, students complete their high school course work during the first semester of their senior year and attend TNCC full-time during the second semester. NNPS is also implementing career academies in manufacturing and firefighting/EMT.

And across all grade levels, student-led family conferences are replacing traditional teacher conferences and giving students the opportunity to be accountable for and lead their own learning.

With a new early learning curriculum designed to boost literacy and math instruction, state-of-the art science labs, advanced educational technology, fine and performing arts, STEM, career and technical education courses, and integrated youth development, Newport News Public Schools is preparing all students to be college, career and citizen-ready.​