Educational, Unique & Special Programs

librarySpecial programs in Hampton City Schools offer students a wide variety of opportunities to build academic, leadership, and career experiences. These programs serve diverse populations from a very young age through early adulthood. Both local and global partnerships develop competitive skills in our students as they adapt to changes in technology and the marketplace. Preparing students for lifelong learning and productive citizenship will enable our students to contribute to the economic viability of Hampton for years to come.

Unique Schools & Programs

KidArmstrong School
for the Arts


Bridgeport Academy

Campus at Lee

Center for High Technology
Phoebus High School


Culinary Arts, Blue Phantom Inn
Phoebus High School


Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology 

English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

Fundamental Schools

Barron Fundamental Elementary

Tucker Capps Fundamental Elementary

Eaton Fundamental Middle School

Early Childhood Department

Gifted Education

International Baccalaureate

Jones Magnet Middle School

Moton Early Childhood Center

Performance Learning Center

Senior Mentorship
Career and Technical Education


Spratley Gifted Center

Superintendent’s Advisory

Title I

Division Wide

ESL (English as a Second Language)
Hampton City Schools offers all Limited English Proficiency students specialized instruction by ESL teachers to meet the needs of the individual student. English is the language of instruction for all ESL students. The city has developed a curriculum aligned with state standards to assist students in maintaining academic success. Parents wishing to enroll their students in the ESL program should contact the ESL office at 757-727-2026 to begin the assessment process.

Gifted Education
Students who are identified as gifted in accordance with Hampton City Schools’ eligibility criteria are placed in educational programs based on their intellectual and advanced academic needs. Included among these programs are the Talent Pool program for grades K-2, elementary and middle school pull-out Gifted Resource programs for grades 3-8, the Excel Art program for identified gifted visual arts students in grades 3-8, and a center-based program for intellectually gifted students in grades 3-8 at Spratley Gifted Center. High school students may select from a variety of honors, advanced, and Advanced Placement courses at their high school, the International Baccalaureate Program at Hampton High, and the Governor’s School for Science and Technology.

Title I
Hampton City Schools Title I program is a federally funded program that is designed to support state and local school reform efforts tied to challenging Commonwealth academic standards. The purpose of this federal program is to ensure that children in schools with higher levels of poverty have fair, equal, and significant opportunities to obtain quality education.

Hampton City Schools currently has 10 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 PreK-8 school operating as schoolwide Title I schools. Schoolwide programs have a minimum poverty rate of 40% (based on free/reduced lunch percentage) and utilize Title I and other federal, state and local funds to improve the instructional program for the whole school. Each school’s instructional program is based on effective means of improving student achievement and includes strategies to support parental involvement, instruction, accountability, and organizational development. Each Title I school employs a Family Engagement Specialist to build a bond between home, school and the community. 

Armstrong School for the Arts
Armstrong School for the Arts integrated program incorporates visual arts, music, drama, and dance into the four core subject areas of English, math, science and social studies. Library, art, music and physical education teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to plan and teach hands-on arts integrated lessons that enhance the Hampton City Schools curricula. The integrated lessons have a meaningful, positive impact on student learning. Applications for enrollment are accepted throughout the year. Students are accepted on a first-come first-served space available basis. Siblings of enrolled students are accepted into the school through fifth grade. Applications for the kindergarten waiting list are accepted beginning August 1 of the year the child turns 4. Students must be 5 by September 30 to attend kindergarten.

Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology
The W. M. Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology provides an exemplary learning environment that sets high expectations for its teachers, students and parents. Children are challenged to become the best they can be and attend from every neighborhood in Hampton. Cooper has a close partnership with Star Achievers Academy YMCA, a group of local business people and community activists whose sole purpose is to provide resources and support to the students at Cooper. This partnership, hailed in 2005 by Brandeis University independent evaluators as “one of the most effective [in the country],” helps to provide innovative programs, tools, resources and opportunities necessary for the academic and personal success of Cooper students. The innovative and highly effective technology program at Cooper provides an environment that fosters analytical thinking, reasoning, creativity and applied learning through Children’s Engineering and Design Technology. By making learning relevant, interactive and exciting, technology provides the medium for more effective instruction.

Fundamental Schools
Barron and Tucker-Capps Elementary Fundamental Schools serve students in grades K-5. The fundamental schools follow the same curriculum as the other Hampton City Schools. Parents sign a fundamental school contract upon registration. Students are accepted by application on a first-come, first-served space-available basis. Siblings of enrolled students are accepted into the school through fifth grade. Registrations are accepted throughout the year. Applications for the kindergarten waiting list are accepted beginning August 1 of the year the child turns 4. Students must be 5 by September 30 to attend kindergarten.
No transportation is provided for students enrolled at Barron and Tucker-Capps.

Moton Early Childhood Center
The Robert R. Moton Early Childhood Center offers a high quality pre-kindergarten program to children who are four years old by September 30. The Center houses pre-kindergarten classes and collaborative special education classes. The Center offers a full-day educational program based on a developmentally appropriate child-centered curriculum. Registration is handled through the Office of Early Childhood Programs. Students are selected to attend based on identified criteria. Transportation is provided for students who are selected to attend the Center.

Hampton City Schools provides a comprehensive program for four-year old students who may experience or be exposed to factors that potentially could have a negative impact on their ability to learn. Each classroom has a teacher certified in early childhood and an instructional assistant. A maximum of 18 students is assigned to each class. The developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum is aligned with the Virginia Foundation Blocks of Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds. Transportation is provided to and from home addresses, childcare providers or daycare centers to each pre-Kindergarten location. Students must be four by September 30 and selected by the eligibility criteria to participate. Registration begins in February annually.

Andrews PreK-8 School
Andrews STEM Engineering Choice Program provides students opportunities to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers in grades 6-8. This three-year rigorous choice program curriculum is designed to motivate and challenge students by building on previous knowledge and critical thinking skills. Students will learn cutting-edge, technology-infused instruction coupled with design-based learning, to connect to the world beyond school. Classes will be organized around typical engineering topics such as: Introduction to Engineering, Materials & Methods of Production, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electricity and Electronics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. Students must demonstrate high academic ability. Siblings of selected choice program students will be allowed to attend Andrews. Transportation is provided for zoned students only. The selection process is by lottery.

Eaton Fundamental
Eaton Middle School provides students and their families a comprehensive educational experience. Students, parents, and staff form a collaborative environment with high academic and behavioral expectations. An application is required for acceptance into the city’s fundamental middle school program. Applications may be submitted to Eaton as soon as promotion to the 4th grade has been determined. Siblings are automatically accepted if their older brother or sister is a current student (6th, 7th or rising 8th grader). Application forms are available at the central office at 1 Franklin Street and at Eaton Middle School. Transportation is not provided.

Jones Magnet
Jones Magnet Middle School is a model, comprehensive school of choice. The program provides innovative scheduling to allow twice the traditional class time for math and language arts/reading. Classes provide 90 minutes of uninterrupted instruction. Admission is through an application process that is based on a lottery system.

IB/Hampton High
A rigorous college preparation program for motivated, academically focused juniors and seniors, the Diploma Programme at HHS develops skills emphasized by colleges, including those of research, critical thinking, and writing. Students who successfully complete the program will earn the IB Diploma, the Virginia Diploma, and the Advanced Studies Diploma. Students who graduate with the prestigious IB World School Diploma not only develop competitive university and scholarship applications, but may also earn college credit for their high school studies. For more information visit the International Baccalaureate webpage.

The required subject fields include math, science, the humanities, and arts. Students develop intercultural awareness and participate in a Theory of Knowledge class. Juniors and seniors enrolled in the Diploma Program are required to complete an extended essay with original research, take culminating exams administered by the IBO, and complete 150 hours of community service. Students may apply for program openings until the first semester of the junior year. Ninth and tenth graders who seek advance preparation for the two-year Diploma Program can apply to the Pre-Diploma Program beginning in the 8th grade. To be eligible, students must successfully complete the Algebra I course, pass all SOL exams, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Candidates with French I or Spanish I are preferred.

IB students are eligible and encouraged to participate in co-curricular, extra curricular and athletic activities at Hampton High School. Transportation is provided to and from school.

Architecture and Applied Arts - Kecoughtan High
Students enrolled in one of four AAA Academy strands will be exposed to the established and emerging career fields related to Architecture, Engineering, Applied Arts-Graphic Design or Applied Arts-Fashion Design. Strand-specific coursework will be combined with content in the core subject areas of math, science, English and social studies. Through participation in the AAA Academy, a student will gain well-rounded, in-depth exposure to the competencies necessary for success in these employment areas. Each strand is a four-year course of study.

Health & Medical Sciences Academy - Bethel High
The Health and Medical Sciences Career Academy is focused on building a foundation of
medical in knowledge in students that can be used to help them pursue or further potential careers in the fields of medicine and health services. Students receive realistic experiences in a variety of different medical fields and careers to help them find the path that best suits their aptitudes and interests. Students are able to pursue their education in three stands related to the field of health and medical science:
Strand 1: Medical Doctor, D.D.S, RN, LPN
Strand 2: Technical, Bio-Engineering, Medical Equipment
Strand 3: Allied Health (to include a variety of industry certification programs)

Phoebus-Center for High Technology
The Center for High Technology at Phoebus High School now has three areas of focus: 1) the Governor’s Academy for Innovation Technology, and Engineering (GAiTE); 2) Robotics and Automated Manufacturing Systems; and 3) High Tech Graphics. GAiTE is part of a regional effort and focuses on pre-engineering areas in mechanical and electrical engineering and engineering technology. Robotics and Automated Manufacturing focuses on interactive electrical and mechanical systems, programming, and system integration. High Tech Graphics focuses on design, print and screen technologies, laser engraving, embroidery, vinyl, programming, video recording and production, and multimedia processes. Together, these areas of focus will meet immediate and future workforce needs while helping students develop long-term college and career pathways to high tech, high wage, high demand careers.

Senior Mentorship (CTE)
In this elective course, class participants explore the questions of “Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I get there?” as they create a vision of themselves as leaders. Student leaders are offered opportunities for local civic and neighborhood leadership activities and will work closely with the building principal throughout the year to plan and implement projects. In addition to the study of leadership styles and theory, hands--on, project-oriented assignments demonstrate principles of problem-solving, communication, mediation, consensus-building, diversity, presentation skills, and meeting facilitation. The pass/fail class requires two service projects and participation in small groups. Students who have the desire to become a stronger leader are encouraged to enroll during spring registration. Class enrollment is limited to 20 participants at each high school.

Culinary Arts
Blue Phantom Inn-Phoebus High School
Surrounded by award-winning teachers and fine restaurant cuisine, Blue Phantom Inn students develop chef skills, restaurant management skills, earn industry credentials and gain experience in this two-year culinary program operated right in their own school restaurant. They learn everything from nutrition and planning to preparation and service and enjoy many members of the Hampton community who find the ambience delightful and the menu excellent! Southern Living Magazine was so impressed with the Occupational Food Services program at Phoebus High School, that the national magazine featured the Blue Phantom Inn in one of its editions.

Bridgeport Academy
Bridgeport Academy proudly serves middle and high school students who need an alternative school setting in which to thrive. Students are provided with rigor in their academic pursuits. Teachers are charged with creating a link between course content and the relevance in students’ lives. The sound behavior modification strategies explored with students are a primary program component. Students have access to counseling services in regards to life skills that will strengthen them to compete in the 21st century. Students are assigned to Bridgeport Academy through the Office of Student Services.

Superintendent's Advisory
Superintendent’s Advisory participants research, advise, and recommend policy regarding youth issues in the City of Hampton. Topics for exploration are proposed both by students and the superintendent in meetings. Students conduct surveys, facilitate focus groups, and participate in other research that may culminate in School Board presentations.

Application deadlines vary; recruiting for the Superintendent’s Advisory takes place in the Fall and/or Spring. Applicants must demonstrate the desire to be involved in representative government and provide their own transportation to 16-18 evening meetings (6-8:00 p.m.).