Aviation Academy

902-B Bland Boulevard  •  Newport News, VA 23602  •  Phone: (757) 886-2745  •  Fax: (757) 877-5647


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What is the Aviation Magnet?

Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy is a specialized four-year program to prepare highly motivated and successful high school students for a rewarding and well paying career in engineering , aviation, electronics and technology with an emphasis on aerospace, piloting and mechanics. The standards are high at the Aviation Academy, and every effort is made to provide a caring, disciplined environment where students are given the opportunity to excel and reach their goal with minimal classroom disruptions through project based instruction that is centered around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. The technology courses provide challenging subject material to enhance students' reading, writing, science and math skills.

The Aviation Academy strongly encourages students to works toward an advanced diploma that concentrates in dual credit, technology or Aviation courses. All students are required to take physics, and four years of math. Aviation Academy staff members have high expectations for students preparing for college and highly skilled, professional career fields.

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What is distinctive about the Aviation Magnet Program?

  • An "airport campus" where students take three to six classes at the NN/W Int'l Airport. All other classes are conducted at Denbigh High School.
  • A small community of learning with a safe, collegiate atmosphere where expectations are high and young adults excel.
  • Aviation classes that begin in the 10th grade with primarily pre-engineering subjects: physics, electricity, materials, fluids, pneumatics, and aircraft design and students are enrolled for college credit.
  • An FAA Pilot Ground School course that will prepare students for flying lessons and private pilot licensure.
  • Electronics classes with state of the art lab equipment.
  • Electronics Certification and  Microsoft Certification classes.
  • College dual enrollment opportunities.

Who is eligible?

All rising 9th-grade students who are prepared to commit to a rigorous academic and technology program are eligible. All freshmen must complete Algebra I in ninth grade, which allows them to take higher-level math classes, plus chemistry and physics. Students will be selected by lottery, and those already enrolled in the program, their siblings, and those who live in the school's shadow zone have priority.

How does the Aviation Academy prepare young people for careers?

Graduates of the Aviation Academy are well prepared for a broad spectrum of opportunities. The combination of academic rigor with modern technology prepares graduates with the challenges of college and creativeness required of technical careers. The problem solving skills acquired and the work ethic developed place Aviation Academy graduates among the strongest achievers.

How do I apply for the Aviation Magnet Program?

All students who wish to attend magnet programs must submit a Magnet School Application.

Applications are available from any Newport News school with a magnet program or from the Administration Building, 12465 Warwick Boulevard, in January and February each year (Magnet application process). It is recommended that you submit your application directly to the Aviation Academy office.

How can I get more information?

  • Contact Dr. Aaron L. Smith, Aviation Academy Director at (757) 886-2745.
  • Attend a magnet fair or magnet program open house. Open Houses and magnet fairs are held each year. Call the magnet program staff for more information.
  • Our director will be doing a presentation at all middle schools in January.

Transportation is provided to all magnet programs.  See Bus Schedules.


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