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Field Experiences Spark Students’ Passion for Science

Deer Park Environmental Science Magnet Elementary School (Newport News, VA) seeks to develop engaged students who bring their learning to life through caring for the environment. Immersing students in critical STEM explorations both on campus and off, Deer Park is home to more than 50 animal habitats. Each classroom hosts at least one habitat, teaching students the basics of caring. In addition to a science-intensive outdoor learning space, external partnerships with the Elizabeth River Restoration Project and the Virginia Living Museum give students further hands-on experience in environmental stewardship and restoration. This video created by Newport News Public Schools highlights some student activities.

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Learn more about Deer Park Elementary School.

Contact Information
Mary Jo Anastasio, Principal
11541 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23601-1930
(757) 591-7470

Student Demographics 2016

Number of students K – 5 526
Students eligible for subsidized meals 42%
Limited English Proficient students 7%
Students receiving special ed services 4%
Student mobility rate 2%
White students 46%
African American students 34%
Hispanic or Latino students 9%
Students of 2 or more races 7%
Average student daily attendance 97%

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

Joe McTighe, Executive Director of CAPE, describes CAPE’s role in nominating exemplary non-public schools for National Blue Ribbon School recognition and affirms the importance of honoring outstanding educators.



For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact your state liaison.

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