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Summer Food Service Program to provide summer meals for children
Summer Food Service Program to provide summer meals for children
Updated on 06/15/2022
The Portsmouth Department of Parks & Recreation is once again sponsoring the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). 
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PPS earns state ‘Creating Excellence’ honor for Career & Technical Education
PPS earns state ‘Creating Excellence’ honor for Career & Technical Education
Updated on 06/13/2022
Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) is one of just 10 Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in the state honored by the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia’s Community Colleges’ annual “Creating Excellence” awards program. 
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A message on school safety and mental health supports
A message on school safety and mental health supports
Updated on 05/25/2022
Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracy, III shares a message on school safety and mental health supports 
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Our Mission Statement

Our mission at New Directions Center is to provide all students with a safe and nurturing environment with a core curriculum, which stresses on the total development of each child: socially, academically, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Students are provided education in an environment that allows them to be civic-minded while preparing them to make ethical decisions with confidence and competence before entering the regular school setting as skillful communicators with problem-solving skills, capable of creative thinking.

New Directions Center also delivers quality education to K-12 student in an alternative school environment that educates, empowers, and enables students to become caring, responsible and contributing citizens. We are committed to providing a high-quality alternative education program that focuses on student-centered instruction which fosters positive character and accountability.

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