Watkins Early Childhood Center

21 Burns Drive
Newport News, VA 23601
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Watkins Early Childhood Center serves 505 students in grades Prekindergarten.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Virginia state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 78% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Virginia state average of 51% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Top Rankings

Watkins Early Childhood Center ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Watkins Early Childhood Center's student population of 505 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 30 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten
Total Students505 students
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Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
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School Rankings

The diversity score of Watkins Early Childhood Center is 0.69, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (VA)
Student : Teacher Ratio17:115:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
3%
7%
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Hispanic
19%
16%
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Black
48%
22%
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White
22%
49%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
7%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.690.68
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Eligible for Free Lunch
83%
38%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (15-16)
6%
6%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameNewport News City School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to Watkins Early Childhood Center is Warwick High School (1.9 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle School (1.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Joseph H. Saunders Elementary School (0.7 miles away)
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  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Newport News Enterprise Academy/newport News City Alternative School

    0.6 miles
    813 Diligence Dr Ste 110
    Newport News, VA 23606
    (757) 591-4971
    0.6 n/a n/a
  • Newport News Joseph H. Saunders Elementary School Math: 57% | Reading: 48%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 747 students
    0.7 miles
    853 Harpersville Rd
    Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 591-4781
    0.7 PK-5 747
  • Newport News Deer Park Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 96% | Reading: 92%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    Grades: PK-5 | 547 students
    0.9 miles
    11541 Jefferson Ave
    Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 591-7470
    0.9 PK-5 547
  • Newport News Gatewood Academy
    Grades: PK | 67 students
    1.8 miles
    1241 Gatewood Rd.
    Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 591-4963
    1.8 PK 67
  • Newport News Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle School Math: 74% | Reading: 67%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: 6-8 | 1,037 student
    1.9 miles
    1 Minton Dr
    Newport News, VA 23606
    (757) 591-4862
    1.9 6-8 1,037

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