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2019-2020 School Choice Application Submission Period for:

  • Kindergarten Choice is OPEN!
  • Grades 1-12 has closed.

1. Pre-register at your Feeder School

  • Any child not currently registered in a Delaware public school must pre-register at their feeder school before a School Choice Application can be processed.
  • Find your feeder school at www.dataservice.org

2. Submit School Choice Application

  • School Choice Applications for  Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year are accepted until August 26th, 2019.
  • Online Colonial School Choice Applications can be found at www.schoolchoicede.org/Apply/Colonial 
  • Paper copies are available at any Colonial School District school office or the Colonial School District Choice Office located at 318 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.
  • Completed paper copies must be received by the Choice Office by 4 p.m. on August 25, 2019.
  • Parents are permitted to identify up to three schools and/or program choices on the Choice Application.
  • Any family interested in the Chinese or Spanish Immersion Programs must complete a School Choice Application regardless of their child’s feeder school in order to be considered (open to Kindergarten and Grade 1 applicants only).
  • Kindergarten School Choice Applications will be accepted up until the first day of school; however, it is strongly recommended that families submit the Application during the open submission period due to limited seat availability in some schools and/or programs.  

3. School Choice Lottery Notifications and Responses

  • Once the School Choice Application submission period closes, a computer-generated lottery will be held (February).
  • School Choice Invitation and Waiting List notifications will be both emailed and mailed to all applicants after the Colonial School District’s February 2019 Board Meeting (sent by Thursday, February 28, 2019). THIS DOES NOT PERTAIN TO KINDERGARTEN AFTER THE CHOICE DEADLINE
  • Invited applicants must respond to their invitation by the 3rd week in March in order to secure their seat (due Friday, March 15, 2019).  No Responses by the deadline are considered a decline.
  • Waiting Lists will be maintained until the first day of school should seats become available.


     Click here for Colonial School District’s School Choice Guidelines and Procedures.

    School Choice – Transportation

    The parent of a child enrolled in a Colonial School District school or program through the School Choice Program is responsible for transporting their child to/from the Choice school or to/from the nearest existing bus stop in the Choice school’s attendance area provided that the bus has space available (without reimbursement).

    Colonial Early Education Program

    Comprised of preschool aged children with and without identified disabilities all preschool classes are taught by Delaware state certified early childhood educators, and all have at least one paraeducator.  All classrooms have state certified speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, and/or physical therapists who work in the preschool classrooms. CEEP classrooms implement a developmentally appropriate educational curriculum which focuses on language, social, cognitive, fine motor, and large motor growth.

    Mandarin Chinese and Spanish language immersion programs

    Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through a second language. Students receive math, science, and social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish or Chinese. Because of the teaching strategies used, students are able to develop literacy skills in both English and the target world language while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level. In addition, students will develop  world cultural sensitivity. Language immersion is a wonderful vehicle to prepare our students academically, linguistically and socially for the challenges and needs of our global community.

    Middle School

    In an on-going effort to prepare students for the challenges of high school and beyond, the Colonial School District has redesigned our three existing middle schools.

    Colonial’s approach to Middle School increases student engagement by providing a hands-on, relevant, and inquiry-based approach to learning.  Theme schools cultivate student interests and talents while building a sense of community and school spirit. The Middle School experience furthers the District’s mission to prepare every student to be college and career ready.

    Colonial Middle Schools . . . 

    • Expand upon William Penn’s 20 college and career degree programs.
    •  Foster unique themes at each middle school.
    • Focus on the robust expectations of the Common Core State Standards 21st century learning and technology innovation.
    • Include educators, students, parents and community stakeholders in the planning process.

    William Penn High School

    William Penn High School is committed to helping our students understand, connect, and act on critical global issues by integrating 21st century skills and experiences through degree programs. Once the school year begins, students will receive their recommended courses to complete their major in four years. By the student’s junior year, they will be able to determine their “concentration” and refine their focus. By graduation, students will complete their degree programs, have had the opportunity to work with local businesses and apply for local college credits and trade certifications.

    Humanities College Academy
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Education
    • International Studies
     Legal Studies
    • Communications
      Visual & Performing Arts

    Business College Academy
    • Air Force Jr. ROTC
    • Culinary Arts
    • Financial Services
    • Marketing
    • Business Administration

    STEM College Academy
    • Agriculture
    • Architecture & Interior Design
    • Construction
    • Engineering
    • Allied Health
    • Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Information Technology