Red Clay Consolidated School District


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Red Clay is a comprehensive K-12 public school system with excellent educational opportunities for students of all levels.  The instructional program begins with the mastery of basic skills by all students and is centered around individualized programs to meet the needs of each student, from the least able to the most gifted.

Red Clay is the 2nd largest public school district in the state. The district serves more than 15,000 students in 14 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, four special education schools, and three charter schools.This district serves the northwestern section of New Castle County, Delaware, including a portion of the City of Wilmington and the surrounding suburban and rural areas all the way to the Pennsylvania state line. Communities within the district include Greenville, Hockessin, Yorklyn, Pike Creek Valley, Stanton, Richardson Park and the towns of Newport and Elsmere. This district also contains many outstanding business, cultural and recreational centers. Residential options within the district range from the new townhouses and older free-standing and semi-detached houses of the city, to a broad array of developed suburban communities, to the stately homes of Wawaset Park and Westover Hills. Public transportation and park-and-ride facilities are available throughout most of the district.

All Red Clay schools feature libraries, and there are planetariums and observatories, swimming pools, science labs, technology labs, industrial arts shops, and theatre and music facilities in the district.  The district offers distinctive magnet programs including – Cab Calloway School of the Arts (grades 6-12), Conrad Schools of Science (grades 6-12), and Lewis Dual Language Elementary School (kindergarten-grade 5)

Other features of the program are:

  • College prep, vocational/occupational, business and agriculture courses
  • Programs for gifted students from age four through grade 12, including early graduation and early college enrollment opportunities
  • A full array of interscholastic and intramural sports
  • Extracurricular programs, including instrumental music instruction beginning at grade 3
  • Free and appropriate programs for children requiring special education, based on the least restrictive environment and mainstreaming
  • 100% of teachers state certified; all high schools accredited
  • In-school and out-of-school alternative programs for disruptive students
  • World languages including Chinese, Latin, French, German, Italian and Spanish

The Red Clay Consolidated School District also has clearly defined its path and framed its agenda, with the establishment of five goals:

GOAL 1: Every classroom will have a highly effective educator led by highly effective administrators
GOAL 2: All students will read at or above grade level by the end of third grade
GOAL 3: Schools will continue to close the achievement gap for all students, with a particular focus on our English Language Learners and students with disabilities
GOAL 4: All students will graduate college- and career-ready
GOAL 5: Parents and the community will be engaged in the education of students