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School Choice Application Open Period for the 2017-2018 School Year
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In the Colonial School District, we provide our students with every opportunity to succeed. Our educational philosophy blends time-tested traditional methods along side innovative and cutting edge programming available at all grade levels. From preschool to high school, Colonial is providing every child with access and opportunity to programs and services to ensure success in the future. While we always offer a high quality, traditional education experience, check out some of our innovative programs that your family can enjoy below:

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, or 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 a 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: The 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 program and have had the opportunity to work with local business, 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 Enrollment Period for grades K-12 Opens November 7, 2016

School Choice is available for parents who would like 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) 654-6673 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) 323-2873
Fax: (302) 323-2748

Angel FerranteSchool Choice Secretary