Education in Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia offers many educational opportunities. Schools, public and private, are located all over the city.
Norfolk City Public Schools, the public school system, comprises 5 high schools, 9 middle schools, 35 elementary schools, and 9 special-purpose/preschools. In 2005, Norfolk Public Schools won the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education award for having demonstrated, "the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students". The city had previously been nominated in 2003 and 2004. Ocean View Elementary School is an American public primary school in the community of Ocean View in the city of Norfolk, Virginia. It teaches grades one through five, in addition to its Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for younger children. After completing grade five, most students go to Northside Middle School, which is also located in the Ocean View community.
Norfolk is home to three public universities and one private. It also hosts a community college campus in downtown.
- Old Dominion University - Founded as a branch of The College of William & Mary in 1930, ODU became an independent institution in 1962 and now offers degrees in 68 undergraduate and 95 (60 masters/35 doctoral) graduate degree programs.
- Eastern Virginia Medical School- Founded as a community medical school by the surrounding jurisdictions in 1973, EVMS is noted for its research into reproductive medicine and is located in the region's major medical complex in the Ghent District.
- Norfolk State University - The country's fifth largest majority black university, offers degrees in a wide variety of liberal arts.
- Virginia Wesleyan College - Small private liberal arts college, shares its eastern border with the neighboring city of Virginia Beach.
- Tidewater Community College - Community college offering two-year degrees and specialized training programs, located in downtown.