Magnet and Specialty Programs at Newport News Public Schools

Applications are due January 8, 2021.Thống kê xổ số Tháp Đồng All applicants will be notified by mail in early February.

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Military Student Waiver for Magnet Application Deadline

Military families who have missed or will miss the magnet school application deadline due to military transfer timing may contact the magnet school office to request a deadline waiver. This will provide an opportunity for those military families to apply for a magnet program after the stated deadline.

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Online applications are preferred. If you are unable to access the online application, please contact your child's current school to obtain a paper copy of the application. The NNPS Magnet office can also supply a paper version of the magnet application. Please call 283-7850 x.10314. All applications received by January 8, 2021 will be considered "on time." To change a selection after submitting an application, you must make all changes in writing before the closing date.

Magnet & Specialty Programs

Magnet Open House Schedule (en espanol) (pdf)

Newport News Public Schools offers elementary, middle and high school students the chance to focus in such areas as environmental science, communication and performing arts, aviation, global studies, and math, science, technology and engineering through a variety of magnet and specialty program options. Our programs:

  • Offer a specialized focus in the curriculum or distinctive type of environment or instruction
  • Serve children from across the city and every child is eligible to apply
  • Are designed to maintain racial balance of student body
  • Transportation for all programs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I decide where to apply?

First look at your child's interests and needs, and talk to the child's teachers. Then, visit all schools you are considering, including your zoned comprehensive school. All schools—comprehensive, magnet programs and specialty academies programs—are built around the same core curriculum in all disciplines and meet all state Standards of Learning. Transportation is provided for all programs.

To find out the comprehensive school to which your child is assigned, call 591-4500 or use our Zone Finder.

How do I apply?

Online applications are preferred.

Submit only one application for a child. (See note below for more information.)

Rising 10th and 11th graders must apply directly to the magnet program director. Only rising 9th grade applications will be processed in the high school magnet lottery.

Applications are available online. You are encouraged to submit your application online. If you are unable to access the online application, please contact your child's current school to obtain a paper copy of the application. The NNPS Magnet office can also supply a paper version of the magnet application. Please call 283-7850 x.10314. All applications received by January 8, 2021 will be considered "on time." To change a selection after submitting an application, you must make all changes in writing before the closing date.

Thống kê xổ số Tháp ĐồngTo change a selection after submitting an application, you must make all changes in writing before the closing date.

Note: Parents who want to apply to the same magnet program for more than one child have two choices:
(1) Complete one application listing all siblings at that level and the children will be considered for admission as a unit, or
(2) Complete separate applications for each child and the children will be considered for admission independently of one another.

How are students accepted?

Applicants are assigned a random lottery number by the computer, and students will be selected based on these numbers.

Thống kê xổ số Tháp ĐồngAcceptance is based on numerical order and outlined priorities with attention to racial balance.

What priorities are considered in the application process?

For magnet programs, application priority is given in this order to:

  1. Students currently enrolled in a magnet program who wish to continue in that program, including students who are moving from elementary to middle school magnets or middle to high school magnets of the same type. For example, students in the STEM magnet at Crittenden have priority for the Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy; however, each student must fill out a magnet application for Heritage. Also, rising 6th grade magnet students at Deer Park, Newsome Park and Discovery STEM Academy will have a priority to Crittenden Middle School; however, each student must fill out a magnet application for Crittenden.

  2. Students who are siblings of students currently enrolled in that program at that specific school. This means, for example, that if you have a seventh grader at Booker T. Washington Middle School, your rising sixth grader will be given priority at Washington.

  3. Other applicants based on their lottery numbers.

Note concerning admission of non-Newport News students (outlined in School Board Procedure JFAB-P): Newport News Public Schools students are given first priority for inclusion in magnet programs. Non-resident students cannot enter the lottery for magnet program admission. Non-resident students interested in attending magnet programs will be considered only after the lottery and selection process for resident students has been completed and the steps outlined in School Board Procedure JFAB-P have been completed. Applications for non-resident students may be submitted on August 1.


Directory of Programs

Elementary School Programs

School Program Info
Environmental Science Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Mary Jo Anastasio, Principal

(757)591-7470, Fax 591-7448
Discovery STEM Academy
Download magnet brochure
Christine Pilger, Principal

(757)928-6838, Fax 247-0422
Global Studies Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Travis Humble, Principal

(757)886-7760, Fax 989-0932
Communication Arts Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Annette Walls, Principal

(757)591-4772, Fax 599-4382
Math, Science & Technology Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Dr. Darra White, Principal

(757)928-6810, Fax 247-3218

Middle School Programs

School Program Info
STEM Magnet (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Download magnet brochure
Natia Smith, Principal

(757)591-4900, Fax 838-8261

Marine Science & Pre-Advanced Placement Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Dr. Sean Callender, Principal

(757)928-6860, Fax 247-1119

High School Programs

School Program Info
Aviation Academy Magnet
Download magnet brochure

Dr. Eleanor Blowe, Principal
Dr. Aaron Smith, Program Administrator
(757)886-7700, Fax 872-6542

Governor's STEM Academy
Download brochure

University Magnet
Download magnet brochure

Dr. Earling Hunter, Principal
Mia Stephens, Program Administrator 

(757)928-6100, Fax 247-9058

Governor's Health Sciences Academy
Download brochure

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
Download brochure

Dr. Kellie Mason, Principal Jason Hollar, Program Administrator
(757)591-4700, Fax 596-7415
Arts & Communications Magnet
Download magnet brochure
Dr. Windy Nichols , Principal
Kathryn SheehanSmith, Program Administrator 

(757)886-7530, Fax 877-0480

Specialty Programs

School Program Info
An Achievable Dream is a partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the community to help children start on the path toward college. Terra Chalmers-Harris, Principal

(757)928-6827, Fax 247-1720

An Achievable Dream is a partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the community to help children start on the path toward college.

Courtney Mompoint, Principal

(757)283-7820, Fax 283-7844
This nontraditional program serves students who are capable of completing high school but who, in a regular high school, do not work up to their potential and who need a different environment to succeed in school. Chris Smith, Principal
(757)591-7408, Fax 865-4508