In 2015, Sussex Academy was ranked the best performing school in Delaware by the state Department of Education.
The Sussex Academy high school curriculum involves an extension of the tailored expeditionary learning curriculum used at the middle school, combined with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program for 11th and 12th grade students. Both methods of teaching involve students working in groups and diving deeply and critically into the subject matter at-hand.
The International Baccalaureate Program is considered the “gold standard” among high school educators and college admission officers. An IB diploma will be of significant advantage to our students when applying to selective universities for admission and scholarship support.
Serving lower-income students
Sussex Academy’s outreach committee works with community organizations to encourage lower income families to apply. Some 34% of our current school enrollment is lower income.
Our students come from all corners and races within Sussex County — small town, rural and suburban; white, African-American, Hispanic and Asian.
Because they value education as the ladder out of poverty, children from lower-income families tend to have the highest retention rates, year to year, of all Sussex Academy students.
At the same time, since some may lack the support, technology and structure at home to carry out after-school assignments, a number of disadvantaged students (and others) sometimes require additional help to stay academically current with their peers.
Support from DISCOVER Bank allows the school to offer academic assistance to students requiring extra help.
You can read more about Sussex Academy’s success in our latest newsletter.