Instructional STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at NNPS

Newport News Public Schools has implemented an aggressive STEM education initiative. The primary purpose of the STEM education initiative is to prepare students to take full advantage of STEM opportunities in higher education and pursue STEM careers.

Our mission is to break down the barriers between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and provide students with the foundations needed to be competitive in the 21st-century. To achieve our mission, we have implemented the Instructional STEM (iSTEM) program. iSTEM embodies our belief that STEM in itself is not a curriculum, but rather a way of organizing and delivering instruction. iSTEM supports the intentional application and purposeful integration of authentic literacy experiences and two or more STEM disciplines, which results in students identifying and solving real world problems.

iSTEM Schools

School Program Info
Deer Park Elementary Environmental Science Magnet
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Mary Jo Anastasio, Principal
11541 Jefferson Ave., 23601
(757)591-7470, Fax 591-7448
Discovery STEM Academy Discovery STEM Academy
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Christine Pilger, Principal
1712 Chestnut Avenue, 23607
(757)928-6838, Fax 247-0422
Newsome Park Elementary Math, Science & Technology Magnet
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Dr. Darra White, Principal
4200 Marshall Avenue, 23607
(757)928-6810, Fax 247-3218
Crittenden Middle STEM Magnet
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Natia Smith, Principal
6158 Jefferson Avenue, 23605
(757)591-4900, Fax 838-8261
B.T. Washington Middle
Marine Science & Pre-Advanced Placement Magnet
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Dr. Sean Callender, Principal
3700 Chestnut Avenue, 23607
(757)928-6860, Fax 247-1119
Denbigh High Aviation Academy Magnet
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Michelle Huffstetler, Principal
Dr. Aaron Smith, Program Administrator
259 Denbigh Boulevard, 23608

(757)886-7700, Fax 872-6542
Heritage High

Governor's STEM Academy
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Dr. Earling Hunter, Principal
Chinell Callwood, Program Administrator 
5800 Marshall Avenue, 23605
(757)928-6100, Fax 247-9058
Warwick High

Governor's Health Sciences Academy
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Dr. Kellie Mason, Principal
Jason Hollar, Program Administrator
51 Copeland Lane, 23601

(757)591-4700, Fax 596-7415

Community Support

Businesses and the civic community are strong supporters and partners of the Newport News iSTEM initiative. More than 15 major partners came together to support the development of both the Governor's Health Sciences Academy and the Governor's STEM Academy. Partnership between the community and school system have introduced resources and expertise to our schools that are essential to providing a relevant, hands-on experience for our students. Our iSTEM program has received recognition from:


iSTEM Innovation Institute

Logo for iSTEM Innovation InstituteNNPS is committed to developing STEM expertise. A group of teachers are participating in a STEM graduate program in collaboration with NIA and McDaniel College to explore the practical applications of this instructional pedagogy. Learning cohorts have been formed across the division to extend this unique opportunity to more teachers beyond the graduate cohort.

The institute has been a huge success with nearly 50 teachers participating from 15 different schools. Plans are underway to expand the iSTEM Innovation Institute across grades and levels.