The future of Great Oaks will be announced Dec. 14 by Education Secretary Mark Holodick.

Great Oaks Charter likely to get one last chance

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Great Oaks Charter School has been given one last chance by a state agency focused on ensuring the accountability of Delaware’s charter schools. The Wilmington charter, which serves a student body that’s 97.24% minority students, received a promising decision in Tuesday’s Charter School Accountability Committee final renewal meeting. The committee voted to recommend the renewal of Great Oaks – with …

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New Castle leaders celebrate ‘Excellence in Education’ 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A stunning sunset shone through the glass walls of the Community Education Building in downtown Wilmington Monday night as community leaders celebrated the state’s educational advancements. The “Excellence in Education” event brought together heads of schools, executives of local community organizations, education advocates, state politicians, teachers and more.  Those in attendance – some of whom gave brief speeches – included …

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DelawareLIVE Weekly Review – October 8, 2023

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In the past year, Great Oaks Charter School has made strong improvements to student achievement metrics.

Great Oaks can cite notable progress as it faces review 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A year after being put on formal review by the state, Great Oaks Charter School has made  strides in student achievement as it seeks to keep its doors open. In seven months of turnaround efforts, the Wilmington charter has: Reduced the number of suspensions by 20%  Increased school testing participation rates increased by 21%  Increased Math Smarter Balanced Assessment scores …

Sussex Montessori School is one of six charters in Delaware up for renewal this year.

6 charter schools up for renewal, decision in December

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Six of the First State’s 23 charter schools are up for renewal this year and will have their futures decided at the State Board of Education’s December meeting. First State Military Academy, Freire Charter School Wilmington, Great Oaks Charter School, Kuumba Academy Charter School, Positive Outcomes Charter School and Sussex Montessori School are the six that submitted their renewal application …

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Delaware LIVE Weekly Review – Dec. 18, 2022

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Great Oaks Charter School will continue operating. ((GREAT OAKS CHARTER SCHOOL – WILMINGTON FACEBOOK)

State Board: Great Oaks Charter will not be shut down

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Great Oaks Charter School, a Wilmington charter serving a student body of more than 80% Black students, will not be shut down. After nearly three months of being placed on formal review by the Charter School Accountability Committee, Education Secretary Mark Holidick recommended Thursday night to the Delaware State Board of Education to allow the school to continue operating. The …

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Delaware LIVE Weekly Review – Oct. 30, 2022

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Delaware LIVE Weekly Review – Oct. 9, 2022

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Great Oaks has a current enrollment of 236 students, 37% smaller than its authorized enrollment. (Great Oaks Charter School - Wilmington Facebook)

Great Oaks Charter’s low enrollment leads to state review

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Concerns about enrollment numbers at Great Oaks Charter School in Wilmington have triggered  a formal review by the Delaware Department of Education. The school serves eighth through twelfth grade and has a student body of more than 80% Black students. The review will be conducted by the Charter School Accountability Committee to determine if Great Oaks has violated terms of …