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HCS is now accepting Choice Middle School Applications

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 fourth 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. No transportation is provided.


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. 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. As the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) elementary school for Hampton, Cooper staff strive to differentiate their approach to prepare students for the 21st century careers that await them. Cooper students use higher-order thinking skills daily as they are challenged to think outside of the box in the development of numerous hands-on engineering based projects to support the curriculum. Contact the Cooper school office at 757-825-4645 for the application process.

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. Barron kindergarten students who live within the Barron attendance zone have priority at Barron. No transportation is provided for students enrolled at Barron and Tucker-Capps. 

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. 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. Transportation is not provided.

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.


Academies of Hampton
The Acedemies of Hampton were identified as a component of the COMPASS School Reform plan. The following is currently listed under Goal One: Maximize Every Child’s Learning in the Hampton City Schools 2015 Strategic Plan, Career Academies are based on the National Career Academies Coalition National Standards of Practice for career academies. These standards were developed by an informal consortium of national career academy organizations and draw from over 40 years of research and practice. The ten standards are key elements for successful, sustained implementation of academies. Visit Academies of Hampton webpage for more detailed information.

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

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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. 


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.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


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.

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, 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.