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HCS is recognized as a School Division of Innovation

Hampton City Schools was recognized by the Virginia State Board of Education as one of 15 “School Divisions of Innovation” for designing and implementing alternatives to traditional instructional practices and school structures that improve student learning and promote college and career readiness, and good citizenship. The divisions are the first to earn the designation, which was authorized by the 2017 General Assembly.

HCS was recognized for implementing a Freshman Academy, implementing college-and-career-themed academies, and implementing extended enrichment learning programs.

  • Freshman Academy promotes a positive transition from middle school to high school and helps students adjust to high school expectations, routines, and standards in a supportive, nurturing environment. Career exploration activities allow students to see actual workplaces; meet with professionals; and gain real-world insights about jobs, careers, and industry. Project-based learning allows students to apply classroom learning in an authentic environment and to design a ten-year plan to guide them toward their definition of success. 
  • College- and career-themed academies (Academies of Hampton) designed and supported by community partners and aligned with local workforce needs, provide instruction and experiential learning through the lens of a career. Academies expose students to a variety of college and career options and help them make meaningful and relevant connections with the world outside of the classroom. The Academies’ interdisciplinary program of study involves both academic and career technical courses that give students the academic and technical knowledge and W5 Cs workplace skills required in 21st century careers in a global economy.
  • Extended Enrichment Learning Programs (EEL) extend the time that high school students are engaged in learning. Along with academic remediation and advancement opportunities, EEL offers students a time to investigate challenging real-world topics aligned with Freshman Academy and the career-themed academies. Using a business-connected, challenge-driven approach to engage students, EEL encourages students to explore their personal interests, research careers, engage in individualized and structured academic learning, apply academic and technical skills in community-connected and work-based challenges, and learn more about the community.

“I think it is fair to say that innovation has never been more important in public education than today as schools across the commonwealth and nation focus on improving distance learning in the face of a pandemic, while addressing inequities in opportunities and outcomes,” Board of Education President Daniel Gecker said. “I congratulate the leaders of all these school divisions for creating innovative plans to address the challenges in their schools and engage their students in deeper learning across the curriculum.”

Other divisions that received the recognition are Buchanan County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, Hopewell Public Schools, Loudon County Public Schools, Middlesex County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Poquoson Public Schools, Roanoke County Public Schools, Salem Public Schools, Staunton Public Schools, Virginia Beach Public Schools, West Point Public Schools, and York County Public Schools.

“Virginia’s 132 school divisions have a history of sharing innovative and promising practices to improve student learning and outcomes and the School Division of Innovation recognition program is a means of institutionalizing this collaborative process,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “I look forward to visiting all of these school divisions to see how their innovations are transforming teaching and learning.”

To earn the School Division of Innovation designation, a local school board must submit a plan meeting criteria set forth in the Board of Education regulations governing the recognition program. Divisions earning the designation must submit an annual report to the Virginia Department of Education on progress toward meeting the goals and performance targets in their plans. Divisions retain the School Division of Innovation designation for three years.

Hampton City Schools (HCS) is one division undergoing one transformation, and in every action we take, we live our mission statement: In collaboration with our community, Hampton City Schools ensures academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes. With the goal of fostering college and career readiness, HCS is transforming teaching and learning and the learning environment as it prepares graduates to meet the 21st century workforce demands. Along with providing students with content knowledge and technical skills, our instructional and learning opportunities incorporate experiences that encourage students to think critically and work collaboratively to make positive impacts in whichever career they pursue after graduating from high school. The Profile of a Virginia Graduate identifies the 5 C's: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship skills as essential 21st century skills. Along with the 5 C’s, the Profile of a Hampton Graduate recognizes the important role emotional and social wellness plays in living a healthy and successful life (W5 Cs). HCS is developing life-ready students through implementation of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the W5 Cs skills framework in our curriculum, social-emotional learning, and real-world performance assessments. By integrating career learning in PreK-12 schools and extended enrichment learning experiences, HCS’ College and Career Readiness Plan, known as One Division, One Transformation, ensures that our young people graduate ready for postsecondary pursuits and the workforce.

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.