Education

ODU Students in Classroom

Lifelong Learning at All Ages

Norfolk’s public schools (NPS) educate approximately 33,000 students every day, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Full-day preschool classrooms ensure that 1,998 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds enter school with critical early literacy and numeracy skills.

In addition to core education classes, middle and high school students can choose from an array of specialty programs that include: medical, science and engineering and world studies.

Our students excel with an 80.47% on-time graduation rate (VA 2015 On-time reporting rate). The class of 2015 earned more than $40.5 million in scholarships to continue their educational journey.

Learning options abound. 20 private schools ranging from pre-school to high school offer additional educational opportunities for families in Norfolk and around the region.

Norfolk is the only city in the region home to five institutions of higher education. Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and the downtown campus of Tidewater Community College. Virginia Wesleyan College is located on the border between Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Eastern Virginia Medical School and its four internationally recognized research institutes are located in Norfolk.