The New Directions Center is an alternative institute that offers educational opportunities to elementary and middle school students in kindergarten through grade eight. The school s curriculum includes subjects, such as math, science, English and social studies. It serves students with challenging behaviors in Portsmouth in Virginia. The New Directions Center also offers guidance counseling and health care services. The school is managed by Portsmouth Public Schools, which is an educational district that serves more than 15,250 students. The district manages high, middle and elementary schools, as well as special education, alternative, adult learning, and career and technology centers. Portsmouth Public Schools operates human resources and purchasing departments.