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 Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC) 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 partnership with Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC). During their senior year, students complete their high school coursework during the first semester and attend VPCC during the second semester.


  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM). With innovative instruction, new technologies, renovated science labs, and resourceful business partners, students at all levels are engaged in hands-on and minds-on activities that prepare them for further education and rewarding career possibilities in STEM.

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are designed around industry standards to ensure high-quality instruction for high-wage, high-demand and high-skill careers. CTE courses prepare students to earn more than a dozen industry certifications, accelerating student access to technical, high-skilled careers. NNPS High School Students Earn Industry and Professional Certifications through CTE Courses

  • Early Career. High school seniors can jump start their careers before graduation with this partnership program. During the first semester of their senior year, students complete their high school coursework and take special training courses. During the second semester, students begin working full time with a local business or industry partner.


  • 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.