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Portsmouth Public Schools - Your Child Can Excel Here.

The public school system in Portsmouth currently has an enrollment of about 15,000 students. The division includes three high schools, three middle schools, 13 elementary schools, four pre-kindergarten centers, an alternative school, an adult learning center, and the Career and Technical Education Office at the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College. 

Academic Excellence

Our commitment to academic excellence rests on four principles that will stimulate the minds, strengthen the bodies and nurture the noblest dreams of the students we teach. We promise to:

STARBASE Victory Program

In 2002 we brought STARBASE to Portsmouth Public Schools. It was a prototype program to see if 500 fifth grade students would enjoy learning about airplanes and rockets ... with some team-building and career development thrown in for good measure. They loved it! The rocket launches were spectacular, of course, but the students clearly enjoyed working together to solve simple problems. They gained self-confidence through accomplishment, and they discovered that math and science can actually be fun.

Over the years, we upgraded and expanded the concept of experiential learning so that now all Portsmouth students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades come to STARBASE. In the fourth grade they learn about spatial relationships (mapping, GPS and GIS). In the fifth grade they learn about the weather and the Elizabeth River watershed. And in the sixth grade program they all get to launch their own rocket. We teach by doing, not by drilling. We test, but we don't grade. It works.

Science is no longer a mystery to the graduates of STARBASE Victory. It is an exciting new world to be explored. It's clear to me that we are "Launching Futures, One Child at a Time".

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Notable Successes by School

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Recent Portsmouth School Board and Professional Staff Accomplishments