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More Peninsula-area schools earn accreditation this year

Hampton City Schools had more schools accredited this year than it’s had in the last three years and all five of Newport News high schools were fully accredited for the first time since the 2010-2011 school year, according to accreditation data released Wednesday from the Virginia Department of Education.

Overall, more schools in the region were accredited this year, but a few previously accredited schools in Newport News did not make the cut. The district’s wins include its high schools’ status and Willis A. Jenkins Elementary School, where staff and students worked their way to accreditation this year.

Schools in Williamsburg and in York, James City and Isle of Wight counties were all accredited, as they were in the previous three years.

This year, 86 percent, or 1,573, of Virginia’s 1,823 public schools schools earned full accreditation, up from 81 percent last year, the state education department reported.

To be fully accredited, a school needs to meet or exceed a 75 percent pass rate on English Standards of Learning tests, and 70 percent each on mathematics, history and science SOLs. High schools also must meet a graduation index of 85 or higher.

Scores taken in the spring determine the accreditation status for the following school year.


Nineteen of 28 Hampton City Schools were accredited this year, the highest number in the last five years, school officials said.

Three schools — Aberdeen Elementary, Alfred S. Forrest Elementary and Jane H. Bryan Elementary — earned accreditation after reconstitution, or state-approved changes in school leadership, governance, faculty and instruction last year.

“I am pleased with the exceptional student achievement progress,” Superintendent Jeffery Smith said in a news release. “This is representative of a strong working relationship with our families and a committed and dedicated HCS staff.

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