Welcome to B.T. Washington Middle School!
About Our School
The Cougar Creed:
Today I will:
- Listen as much as I can,
- Learn as much as I can,
- Make Crittenden a safe place to be, and
- Take responsibility for my actions.
Because I am making Crittenden a better place today, I am making the world a better place tomorrow. I can make a difference!
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Crittenden Middle School is to prepare all students to be responsible and successful citizens in our rapidly changing world by:
- Encouraging academic excellence in all subjects while emphasizing math, science, and technology,
- Promoting the utilization of problem solving skills,
- Fostering a safe, positive and healthy environment, and
- Motivating students to become lifelong learners.
The main section of the school building was built in 1949 as a high school and named in honor of noted scientist George Washington Carver. By 1965, three additional sections had been constructed. The school became Carver Intermediate School in 1971. In 1980 it was renamed in honor of former Principal Homer L. Hines. The school was closed in the spring of 1990 for $7.3 million renovation and another school with the Hines namesake was built in a nearby section of the city.
In 1994, at the recommendation of many citizens, the Board renamed the school Flora D. Crittenden Middle School. Mrs. Crittenden is a retired teacher and guidance counselor who worked in school, for 32 years. She is well known for her service on City Council and as a delegate in General Assembly.
In 1995, Crittenden Middle School became the site of a magnet program with a science, math and technology theme in addition to a comprehensive program for general studies. The school's student body capacity is 1200 with approximately 100 teachers and support staff. The school colors are purple and silver with a Cougar as the mascot.
Crittenden Middle School is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet.
Our distinctive features include:
- Advanced track science students are eligible to take earth science for high school credit in 8th grade.
- Students have the opportunity to take classes in animal science and forensics.
- Students have the opportunity to take classes in computers, graphic arts and digital photography.
- Students have the opportunity to take classes in robotics, technology education and computer web design.
- There are computer labs dedicated to art, computer programming, and robotics.
- Students will have multiple opportunities for handson STEM projects and experiences.
More Information: NNPS Magnet Programs
Flora Davis Crittenden, a Brooklyn, New York native born in 1924, moved to Hampton Roads as a young girl. She graduated from the former Huntington High School in Newport News, received her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, and earned her Master of Science degree from Indiana University. She later continued her education with post-graduate study in advanced Guidance Theory at the University of Louisville.
Mrs. Crittenden worked for 32 years in the Newport News Public Schools as a classroom teacher, extracurricular activity sponsor, department head, guidance counselor, and guidance director. In 1986, Mrs. Crittenden entered public office, serving first on the Newport News City Council before serving as a delegate to the General Assembly. Mrs. Crittenden has also been active in the NAACP, Trinity Baptist Church, and numerous civic organizations. Learn more about Mrs. Crittenden.