Deer Park Elementary School – Newport News, VA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Deer Park Elementary School

11541 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA, 23601-1930

(757) 591-7470

Ms. Mary Jo Anastasio Ed. S., Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Newport News City Schools

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 34%
  • White: 46%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 42%


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Discover, Protect, Explore, Share!  Planting the Seeds of Success!

Discover, Protect, Explore, Share! Planting the Seeds of Success!


Deer Park Elementary is an Environmental Science Magnet School. Our success as "A Culture of Excellence" is a team effort involving staff, students, parents, and the community. We challenge our students to achieve their fullest potential by setting high standards for behavior and academic excellence, providing meaningful learning, and reflecting on data driven decisions. One goal is to educate students so they become responsible citizens who take an active part in protecting and caring for our global environment. We provide our students with a comprehensive and balanced academic program built around the integrating themes of land, water, and air. This program immerses students in an environment emphasizing discovery and exploration through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In addition, we create opportunities for our students to acquire the skills needed to be "College, Career, and Citizen Ready." Each classroom houses at least one of the building's fifty plus "fin, feather, fur, or scale" habitats/exhibits. Staff, students, and families take pride and responsibility in caring for our animals. As a Model Level school in the Elizabeth River Project, we are involved with their watershed, ecosystem, stewardship and restoration efforts. Our outdoor courtyard is an extension of the classrooms with lessons connected to conservation, restoration, and habitat enhancement projects. We also have a partnership with the Virginia Living Museum which is within walking distance of our school. We believe the many successes of our school can be contributed to the positive and supportive environment and partnerships that encourage all students to excel.