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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Newport News City Public Schools is a public school district located in Newport News, VA. It has 28,652 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Newport News City Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1080
1,533 responses
Average ACT
24
273 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
28,652
Free or Reduced Lunch
62.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,098
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.7%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,510/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$51,884
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,008
National
$949
Median Home Value
$193,100
National
$184,700

Newport News City Public Schools Reviews

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Newport News' schools are not corrupt, are for the most part easy to work with, and there is an active effort being made to make student's lives better. That's more than a lot of school systems can say! But, schools are somewhat underfunded, many teachers are actively looking for other opportunities, and there is a vast diversity in quality depending on the school you attend. Your experience will be better if you have a dedicated student who wants to apply to magnet programs or if you live within zoning for a better school. Some schools have safety issues, but a lot of effort is being put into changing that. While no school is perfect and you might run into some minor issues, no high school or elementary school has a real bullying issue. There are no good middle schools, even the uniform middle schools don't take student concerns seriously and are disorganized. Overall, I'm not upset with my school experience here.
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I've been a student in the NNPS system since first grade. I've always had pleasant experiences with my teachers and enjoy the students as well. The four rating rating comes from low sanitation There are often insects, roaches, and rodents in the schools. The food is free for all NNPS and you are provided a breakfast, lunch, and afters school snack if you participate in after school programs. There are programs available to mostly all students such as IB, AP, Honors, Tag, and Magnet. Free transportation to provided daily for all students and for all after school programs. Many of the schools offer free technology to utilize in class (I pads, chrome books, laptops) and integrate the use of student owned technology as well. During the COVID-19 pandemic NNPS provided students with free technology if they needed. They also offered free breakfast and lunch and had stations in larger neighborhoods to deliver it on weekdays. Overall, NNPS has many flaws, but it has much more to offer.
Newport News Public Schools is a great place for both employees and students to enjoy themselves. The school division does their best to ensure that the students are given the most opportunities as possible, with both the administration and the teachers usually encouraging the students to be able to accomplish their goals, and even helping them obtain their goals. In addition to that, there are many educational opportunities available, from a Telecommunications course to an Aviation Academy, with Career Pathways and programs such as Dual Enrollment and Early College available to allow for students to take the next steps in their education and careers.