• NPS Students

  • Students of every academic interest can explore a universe of learning opportunities with Norfolk Public Schools! These rigorous, challenging programs in all five high schools and in six middle schools appeal to every interest. The application period typically begins in December for enrollment the following school year, with acceptance letters mailed in the spring. 

    Interested students and their families can learn more at the annual Specialty Programs Showcase, which features displays and demonstrations from each program along with an opportunity to interact with current students and staff. Additionally, each of the host schools conducts an open house event. Watch this page and the division’s communications channels including emails, calls, texts and social media for more information.  

  • Important Dates

  • High School Open House Dates

  • Middle School Open House Dates

  • Specialty Programs Showcase Night

  • Applications and Instructions

    Applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 pm on 1/31/2024 in order to be considered.

  • Elementary/Middle School Application Instructions
  • Elementary/Middle School Application
  • High School Application Instructions
  • High School Application
  • High School Programs

    Each of Norfolk Public Schools’ five high schools offers world class, rigorous specialty programs designed to develop and inspire students academically and personally. Students may choose from the visual and performing arts, leadership and military science, International Baccalaureate, Sciences and Engineering, and medical and health. The programs cultivate problem solving and critical thinking, provide college, career, and leadership preparation, and internships or high-quality on-site learning opportunities with community partners.

    For more information about each program, explore the information on this page or contact the program coordinators at each school. 

  • Middle School Programs

    Norfolk Public Schools offers six compelling, unique middle school specialty programs.  

    Students can explore world languages and world cultures or military science, develop learning preferences and learn to take risks, feed a passion for a future career in the medical and healthcare fields, participate in hands-on, problem-based learning opportunities, develop critical thinking skills and positive habits of mind, or prepare for any of our high school specialty programs with a focus on career and college pathways in engineering and sciences, fine and performing arts, technology and service and leadership. 

    These middle school programs provide extraordinary learning opportunities for students from around the division. Entry is application-based and requires completion of application components, including a written essay for rising middle school students.  

    The Young Scholars Program at the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont requires that applicants be identified as gifted in General Intellectual Aptitude or Specific Academic Aptitude for Math, Communication Skills, or both. 

    For more information about each program, explore the information on this page or contact the program coordinators at each school. 

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  • Questions? Please call the Specialty Programs office at (757) 628-3989