Award Year: 2021

Northern Shores Elementary School

6701 Respass Beach Road
Suffolk, VA, 23435-2735

(757) 923-4169

Mrs. Lori O. White, Principal at time of Nomination

Suffolk City Public School District

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The mission of Northern Shores Elementary School is to provide all students challenging opportunities that will enable them to succeed academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 42%
  • White: 36%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 10%
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NSES Student Body American Flag

Northern Shores Elementary School (NSES) serves a diverse student population of approximately 800 students in grades Pre-K - 5. NSES is especially honored to serve a large population of military connected families and has received the "Purple Star Designation" from the Virginia Department of Education. The core values of the school community can be stated in three words: Commitment, Community, Collaboration.

A strong focus on building student ownership of learning is evident. Students are enveloped in an environment that believes in a growth mindset and self-reflection through goal-setting practices. The staff is dedicated to fostering respect for individual differences, communicating high expectations, and helping students develop positive personal qualities while working toward mastery of the Virginia Standards of Learning. Students experience real world learning through the use of research-based strategies and differentiated instruction. STEM activities and performance-based assessments play a vital role in challenging students to apply concepts in a practical environment. Students are further encouraged to become responsible digital citizens through the use of interactive technology.

All students regardless of background, ability level, or needs are part of our one NSES family. The success of each student is wholly dependent upon all members of the broader school community. NSES embraces the support of its parents/families, numerous business partnerships, and community volunteers. Collaborative planning, co-teaching, team teaching, and flexible grouping of students can be observed on a daily basis. Innovation and ingenuity are encouraged and embraced. Staff continually demonstrates these qualities and a collaborative spirit to increase student achievement.