Maury, Norview, and Granby among best high schools in the country!

May 15, 2018

Granby High School

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Maury, Norview, and Granby among best high schools in the country!

U.S. News & World Report released their annual list of best high schools in the country for 2018. Of those 103 Virginia schools, 23 are located in and around the Hampton Roads area. The schools are ranked with a national silver, gold or bronze medal based on student performance, graduation rates, test performance, and college readiness levels. This is the first year that graduation rates factored into the ranking system. Dr. Kipp Rogers, Chief Academic Officer, said, “we are pleased with the progress that NPS is making with respect to student achievement. This is a direct result of our district turnaround effort, #NPSRedesign, and an even truer testament to the exemplary and innovative work of our faculty and staff combined with the academic fortitude of our students.”

The district has benefited from stability in its leadership and a keen focus on leadership, literacy, and rigor, which has yielded significant gains in accreditation over the last two years. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Melinda Boone, was excited, but not surprised to find several of NPS’ high schools on the list, she stated, “The wheels of progress continue to turn, I am beaming with pride that our teachers, students and support staff can revel in this accomplishment. We look forward to all of our high schools being named the best in the country very soon!”

Of 28,813 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 20,548 schools met the established criteria to be ranked. Three Norfolk schools,  made this prestigious list in the Silver Award category out of 28,813 public schools. Maury High School ranked #24 in Virginia rankings and #1197 in the national rankings, Norview stands at #38 in Virginia and #2369 nationally and Granby High School is ranked #41 in and #2418 in Virginia and national rankings respectively.

To view the list of schools click here https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.  For more information on the U.S. News & World Report ranking system visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/rankings-faq.

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Outstanding education available at Norfolk Public Schools

April 30, 2015

drbradDr Brad Robinson, Wards Corner resident and Norfolk School Board member, shares the below information about students who have received outstanding education at Norfolk Public Schools.

1.      Students at Norfolk’s Maury, Granby and Norview high schools are benefiting from among the most rigorous educational experiences offered in the region, state and nation, according to The Washington Post’s rankings of United States high schools. Maury ranks second in Hampton Roads, behind only one high school in Virginia Beach, and 36th in Virginia. Maury ranks 600 out of approximately 22,000 high schools in the country, which is in the top 3 percent. Granby is third in the region, 48th in Virginia, and 808th in the country, which places it in the top 5 percent of all high schools. Norview is eighth in the region, 74th in Virginia and 1,435 out of the approximately 22,000 high schools nationally. The Washington Post’s ranking essentially examines the proportion of students at each high school who are offered a chance at challenging course work through such programs as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. Norfolk Public Schools has consistently emphasized participation in advanced-level coursework as an important way to help all students boost achievement, critical thinking and college-readiness skills. Participation at Booker T. Washington and Lake Taylor high schools has increased significantly as well. You can learn more about Norfolk Public Schools’ Advanced Placement efforts by watching the April 20th edition of “NPS Now,” featuring AP Teacher Specialist Andrea Disney and Maury AP English Teacher Toni Kershasky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxYWpK12z90 (advance to time stamp 20:06).

2.      Every year, The Virginian-Pilot sponsors the Scholastic Achievement Scholarship award and selects the top 10 finalists out of 52 students across Hampton Roads. Maury High School’s Emily Martell won the first place scholarship award for $10,000. Stacie Doughtie of Booker T. Washington High School made the list of top 10 finalists for this honor

3.      Miss Martel of Maury also was the overall winner out of 1,700 entries in the Friends of the Norfolk Library annual Book Review Contest.  Maury took 11 of the 12 awards at the high school level, and Ghent had a third-place winner at the fourth-grade level. The winners will be honored during a ceremony May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Slover Library.

4.      The Ruffner Young Scholars who recently were honored by the Board for their international recognition (NPS Website – Ruffner Young Scholars win major global award ) and who are featured on this week’s edition of “NPS Now” (NPS Now on Youtube)  will also participate in a taping for “Norfolk Perspectives” tomorrow, and will be honored at a City Council meeting on May 19 at 7 p.m.

For further information, Norfolk Public Schools has a press release (Maury, Granby and Norview High Schools Are Among the Nation’s Most Challenging, According to The Washington Post)  and the Washington Post coverage can be found here.


Wards Corner votes to support Meadowbrook Civic League

February 25, 2014

meadbrookOn February 24, 2014 the Wards Corner Civic League held their regular monthly meeting at the Fitness and Wellness Center.  On the agenda was a discussion of the proposals for, and possible redevelopment of, the Meadowbrook School.

After a discussion among the members, a motion and a second were made to support the Meadowbrook Civic League’s position as printed in their online petition:

· A minimum of 1.5 acres of the site will be permanently designated as a City owned and maintained park (OSP zoning), preferably fronting the 1600 block of Trouville Avenue, with adequate off-street parking for park users.

· Fire station No. 12 may be relocated to the western-most 1.5 acres of the site, provided the building’s architecture is compatible with the adjacent Meadowbrook residential area, all traffic ingress/egress is via Hampton Blvd. or W. Little Creek Rd., and sufficient noise abatement measures, vegetative screening and on-site parking are provided.

· A maximum of 1.5 acres of the site may be reused/redeveloped as single-family homes, provided these homes are primarily brick-faced, have adequate off-street parking, and are zoned R-5, in keeping with the majority of adjacent homes in the Meadowbrook neighborhood. As a condition of sale, the City shall require the developer(s) to enter into a development agreement and deed restrictions, restricting the zoning, use, height and facing as described.

The vote was unanimous in favor of support of Meadowbrook Civic League’s position and a letter of support will be forwarded to the City.

You can review the developers proposals and send in your own comments to the City by going here: http://www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?NID=2765

You can sign Meadowbrook Civic League’s petition be going here: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-meadowbrook-school-park.html

You can follow Meadowbrook Civic League on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SaveMeadowbrookSchoolPark


Superintendent Samuel King’s public forums

August 24, 2012

Wards Corner resident, and School Board member, Dr. Brad Robinson, asked that we share the Norfolk Public Schools public forums invitation:

Help plan a path to success for Norfolk’s schools. Come to Superintendent Samuel King’s public forums.
Tuesday, August 28: 6 p.m., Norview High School, 6501 Chesapeake Boulevard
Wednesday, September 12: 6 p.m., Ruffner Academy, 610 May Avenue

Public Forums Flyer 2012 (PDF)


Norfolk Collegiate gets new headmaster

July 4, 2008

On Tuesday, June 1, Scott Kennedy became headmaster at Norfolk Collegiate School. Mr. Kennedy succeeds William “Will” King who retired after 20 years of service to the school.


Granby High School identified as a “dropout factory”

October 29, 2007

Pilot OnLine  reports on schools that are identified as “dropout factories”, high schools and vocational schools that held on to 60 percent or less of their students from freshman to senior year over three years, from 2004 to 2006:

There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description, according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins for The Associated Press. That’s 12 percent of all such schools, no more than a decade ago but no less, either.

Five of these High Schools are in Norfolk.

  • Granby High School

  • Booker T Washington High School

  • Maury High School

  • Lake Taylor High School

  • Norview High School

Wavy TV has listed the Virginia Schools.


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