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U.S. News: Wilmington Charter No. 1 high school in Delaware

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

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No upsets here: Charter School of Wilmington remains at the top of Delaware’s public school ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Charter School of Wilmington once again was Delaware’s highest ranked public high school, according to the just-released U.S. News & World Report list.

It didn’t crack the top 100, though. It was listed at 112 in the country.

Forty of the state’s 59 public high schools were ranked, including eight charter schools, in the magazine’s list of 17,680 schools across the country.

“Serving the educational needs and best interests of our enthusiastic students is the priority at The Charter School of Wilmington,” said Reginald Johnson, school president. The charter is in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

The school’s ranking is accomplished through exceptional faculty and staff who establish the ideal conditions for learning and collaborating every day, Johnson said.

The school community is excited to be included on the U.S. News  list and will continue to seek opportunities for its students as a national leader in science, technology, engineering and math education, he said.

Cab Calloway School of the Arts, a Red Clay magnet school, landed second in the state list.

The highest ranked non-speciality high school from Delaware is Concord High School, in the Brandywine School District. It was seventh in the state and at 3,385 nationally, followed by Mount Pleasant High school at 8, also a Brandywine school.

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Fun fact: Wilmington Charter and Cab Calloway share a building at 100 North Dupont Road in Wilmington.

The rankings are based on a number of factors, such as graduation rate, state test scores, proficiency rates, college readiness, strength of curriculum and more.

Here’s how the U.S. News ranked high schools in the First State:

Top 40 public high schools

  1. Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington 
  2. Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington (Red Clay)
  3. Newark Charter School, Newark
  4. Sussex Academy, Georgetown
  5. Conrad Schools of Science, Wilmington (Red Clay)
  6. MOT Charter School, Middletown
  7. Concord High School, Brandywine Hundred (Brandywine)
  8. Mount Pleasant High School, near Wilmington (Brandywine)
  9. Appoquinimink High School, Middletown 
  10. Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown
  11. Caesar Rodney High School, Camden
  12. Brandywine High School, Brandywine Hundred
  13. Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes
  14. Middletown High School, Middletown (Appoquinimink)
  15. Dover High School, Dover (Capital)
  16. Newark High School, Newark (Christina)
  17. Milford Senior High School, Milford
  18. Lake Forest High School, Felton
  19. Smyrna High School, Smyrna
  20. Indian River High School, Dagsboro
  21. Polytech High School, Woodside
  22. Delaware Military Academy, Wilmington
  23. Freire Charter School, Wilmington
  24. Christiana High School, Newark
  25. The John Dickinson School, Wilmington (Red Clay)
  26. Sussex Central High School, Georgetown (Indian River)
  27. Dupont (Alexis I.) High School, Wilmington (Red Clay)
  28. Early College High School at Del State, Dover
  29. First State Military Academy, Clayton
  30. Delmar High School, Delmar
  31. Woodbridge High School, Greenwood 
  32. Laurel Senior High School, Laurel
  33. Penn (William) High School, New Castle (Colonial)

Tied at 34

  • Delcastle Technical High School, Wilmington (New Castle County Vo-Tech)
  • Glasgow High School, Newark (Christina)
  • Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, Newark (New Castle County Vo-Tech)
  • Howard High School of Technology, Wilmington (New Castle County Vo-Tech)
  • Seaford Senior High School, Seaford
  • St. Georges Technical High School, Middletown (New Castle County Vo-Tech)
  • Thomas McKean High School, Wilmington (Red Clay)

The other 19 public high schools in Delaware were unranked. 

Breaking out charter schools

  1. Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington
  2. Newark Charter School, Newark
  3. Sussex Academy, Georgetown
  4. MOT Charter School, Middletown
  5. Delaware Military Academy, near Newport
  6. Freire Charter School, Wilmington
  7. Early College High School at Delaware State, Dover
  8. First State Military Academy, Clayton

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