The Christina School District is Delaware’s largest public school system, serving 17,400 students and employing 2,500 people. Our district currently serves the City of Newark and its surrounding suburban areas as well as a portion of the City of Wilmington. Christina serves a diverse student and staff population and is proud to be part of the culturally and historically rich region of northern Delaware. The mission of the Christina School District is to improve student outcomes and give every student opportunities to learn in an academically challenging, safe, equitable, and nurturing school environment.
Christina has 18 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 3 traditional comprehensive high schools. In addition, the District is home to the Delaware School for the Deaf (preschool-Grade 12), the Delaware Autism Program (preschool-Age 22), Douglass Alternative School (Grades K-8), REACH and Options Programs (Grades K-12), Networks Career Training Program (Grades 9-12), and Sarah Pyle Academy.
Christina is a district where excellence is an expectation that is embraced by every member of the Christina community every day, for every child, in every school. Educators and families work together to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve and to graduate prepared to pursue higher education or a career as a successful adult.
The Christina School District is:
- The recipient of numerous national, regional, and state commendations, including Blue Ribbon Schools, National Title I Schools, Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching, National Merit Scholars, Fulbright Foundation Scholars, and many others.
- A district rich in teaching expertise, with 100% of teachers categorized as Highly Qualified by the Delaware Department of Education. In addition, 45% of Christina teachers hold a master’s degree or higher.
- A district focused on serving students and supporting classroom teachers. More than 85% of the District’s budget goes towards instructional services, and 15% goes toward instructional support. Additional funding is provided each year to support the arts in every school and to support co-curricular activities at all levels.
- A leader in developing resources and policies that enhance and support student success, including the District Wellness Policy, School Bullying Prevention Policy, the District Strategic Plan, Monthly District Data Reports, Online Checkbook, comprehensive online financial documents, paperless Board Governance, digitally-recorded meetings, and Partnership Zone schools.