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Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Kent County’s public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in a Delaware school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For information about Delaware’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Delaware Department of Education’s website at www.doe.k12.de.us.

In 2010, Delaware, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though Delaware has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in Delaware, visit the Delaware Charter Schools Network at www.decharternetwork.org or the Delaware Department of Education at www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2267.

HOME SCHOOLING

In Delaware, all nonpublic schools (including home schools) are required to register with the Department of Education. Enrollment information is collected as of Sept. 30 of the school year, and attendance information is collected at the end of the school year. After registering with the department, a school code is issued, and the school’s information is put on the department’s database. Enrollment and attendance are recorded online.

Additional information on home schooling in Delaware is available at http://dedoe.schoolwires.net/domain/191.

For information on the legal requirements of home schooling in Delaware, visit www.hslda.org/hs/state/DE.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Delaware, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at https://tinyurl.com/ybhpwoyt. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Caesar Rodney School District

7 Front St.
Wyoming, DE 19934
302-698-4800
www.crk12.org 

The Caesar Rodney School District serves nearly 7,800 students. The district is in the middle of Kent County, with schools in Camden, Dover, Magnolia and Wyoming. The district has an early childhood center, six elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school and a school designed for students with special needs.

Capital School District

198 Commerce Way
Dover, DE 19904
302-672-1500
www.capital.k12.de.us 

The Capital School District has an enrollment of approximately 6,700 students. The district is north of Caesar Rodney School District, with schools in Dover and Hartly. The district has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a community school and an alternative program.

Lake Forest School District

5423 Killens Pond Road
Felton, DE 19943
302-284-3020
www.lf.k12.de.us 

The Lake Forest School District has an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students. The district is south of Caesar Rodney School District, with schools in Felton, Frederica and Harrington. The district has four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, and an early childhood center.

Milford School District

906 Lakeview Ave.
Milford, DE 19963
302-422-1600
www.milfordschooldistrict.org 

The Milford School District, which serves approximately 4,100 students, is east of the Lake Forest School District, with schools in Lincoln and Milford. The district has an early childhood center, three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, and an early childhood center.

POLYTECH School District

823 Walnut Shade Road
Woodside, DE 19980
302-697-2170
www.polytechschooldistrict.com 

The POLYTECH School District serves approximately 1,200 students in a high school and an extensive adult education program, both in Woodside.

Smyrna School District

82 Monrovia Ave.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-8585
www.smyrna.k12.de.us 

The Smyrna School District has an enrollment of more than 5,200 students. The district is north of the Capital School District, with schools in Smyrna and Clayton. The district has four elementary schools, two intermediate schools, one middle school and one high school.

Universities/Higher Education

Dover AFB Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

 

Kent County offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Delaware State University

1200 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-857-6060
www.desu.edu 

Delaware Technical Community College

100 Campus Drive
Dover, DE 19904
302-857-1000
www.dtcc.edu 

Wesley College

120 N. State St.
Dover, DE 19901
302-736-2300
www.wesley.edu 

Wilmington University

Dover Campus
3282 N. Dupont Highway, Building A
Dover, DE 19901
302-734-2594 
www.wilmu.edu/dover 

Dover Air Force Base

261 Chad St., Room 301
Dover AFB, DE 19902
302-674-8726
www.wilmu.edu/doverafb 

Libraries

Dover AFB Education and Academics Libraries

 

Public libraries in Kent County offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users, and all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities.

Kent County has a number of public libraries to serve readers. For information on library programs, events or hours of operation, visit the libraries’ websites. For a full list of libraries in Delaware, visit http://lib.de.us. The following public library branches are located near Dover Air Force Base.

Dover Public Library

35 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19901
302-736-7030
https://dover.lib.de.us 

Kent County Public Library

497 S. Red Haven Lane
Dover, DE 19901
302-744-1919 
www.co.kent.de.us/kc-library 

See the website for stops by the bookmobile, the “Friendly Library on the Highway.”

Milford Public Library

11 S.E. Front St.
Milford, DE 19963
302-422-8996
http://milford.lib.de.us 

Smyrna Public Library

107 S. Main St.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-4579
https://tinyurl.com/y8tkfxfk 

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