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School Choice Application Period for the 2017-2018 School Year

Grades 1 through 12 – Closed | Kindergarten – Closes Friday, August 25, 2017, at 4 p.m.

The School Choice Program is an opportunity for any parent of a school-age* child residing in the State of Delaware to apply for his or her child to be considered for enrollment in another school or program in the District by submitting a School Choice Application during the School Choice Open Application Period. 

Grades 1 – 12 School Choice Application Period always opens at 8 a.m. on the first Monday in November and closes promptly at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday in January for the next school year’s enrollment. Kindergarten School Choice Application Period also opens the first Monday in November, however, it remains open until the first day of school of the applying school year**.

The online School Choice Application can be found at  Paper copies are available at all Colonial School District schools and the Colonial School District Choice Office located at the District’s Administration Building (318 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720).  All paper School Choice Applications must be received by the Colonial School District’s Choice Office by 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday in January.

School Choice invitations and waitlists are based on school/program/grade level seat capacity and are processed through a computer-generated lottery ran three weeks after the School Choice Application Period deadline.

Regardless of grade level, any child not currently enrolled in or pre-registered in a public school in the State of Delaware will not be considered for School Choice.  Again, a School Choice Applicant must be attending a State of Delaware school currently or have pre-register at his/her School of Residence (feeder school) before submitting a School Choice Application.  Applicants who have not pre-registered at their School of Residence will not be considered. To find your child’s School of Residence please go to and select School Feeder Search.  

*A child who will be 5 years-old before August 31 of the applying school year.
**Any Kindergarten Choice Application received by the 4 p.m., second Wednesday in January deadline will be considered in the computer-generated lottery so it is strongly recommended that parents interested in applying for Kindergarten School Choice pre-register their child at their School of Residence and submit a School Choice Application before the January deadline.

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.

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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.

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Middle School Redesign

In an on-going effort to prepare students for the challenges of high school and beyond, the Colonial School District is developing a plan to redesign ourthree existing middle schools.

The Goal: MIddle School Redesign will  increase 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 Redesign furthers the District’s mission to prepare every student to be college and career ready.

The Middle School Redesign plan will:

  • Expand upon William Penn’s 19 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.

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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.

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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

The 2017-2018 School Choice Open Application Period for grades K-12 is now closed.
Kindergarten school choice application will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the first day of school.

School Choice is available for parents who are interested in having their child to attend a Colonial school but do not live within the district. Parents who live in Colonial may also “choice” their child to a Colonial school different than the one assigned by district feeder patterns.

Parents choosing to send their child to a school outside of their feeder pattern are responsible for transportation to and from the Choice school or a bus stop on that school’s route. Please contact the district’s Transporation Department at (302) 323-2851 to find the nearest Choice bus stop location.

The following schools are accepting applications for School Choice:

  •  Carrie Downie Elementary School
  •  Castle Hills Elementary School
  •  Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School
  •  Pleasantville Elementary School
  •  New Castle Elementary School
  •  Southern Elementary School
  •  Wilbur Elementary School
  •  Wilmington Manor Elementary School
  •  George Read Middle School
  •  Gunning Bedford Middle School
  •  Calvin R. McCullough Middle School
  •  William Penn High School

All others are at capacity. Please contact the Choice Office for additional information.

Colonial School District

School Choice Office

318 E. Basin Road

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone: (302) 323-2702

Fax: (302) 323-2748

Angel FerranteAdministrative Specialist

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