Sussex Academy Acquired DCHS Facility
Last June, board leaders from Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) and Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) negotiated a mutually beneficial agreement enabling the Sussex Academy Foundation to purchase the DCHS facility, and in turn, for Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) to acquire the Sussex Academy facility. Both facilities are located in Georgetown, Delaware.
“This exchange is a great example of how two institutions, each with different missions but similar goals, can work together to ensure the pursuit of their visions while also operating in the best interests of Sussex County -,” said DCHS Board President Marlene Brown. “The opportunities this will provide both institutions, make this agreement attractive for students, families, and the community at large.”
Purchase of the larger facility enables Sussex Academy to operate both the middle and high school under one roof, thereby sharing some operational costs, broadening teaching opportunities, and securing a building superior and less costly than a same-size newly constructed one. The school has already built out six additional classrooms, administrative offices, a library, a conference room, and restrooms. These renovations allowed students in grades 6-9 to begin the 2013-2014 school year in late August.
Sussex County students need access to a challenging public school where they can progress toward acceptance at top quality colleges and universities.
There is no cost to attend Sussex Academy. Any student may apply, usually through a 6th grade lottery selection. Middle school students can automatically move on to high school at Sussex Academy.
Nationally, 68% of high school seniors go on to college. In Delaware, the average is 59% and in Sussex County it's 51%. A closer look at these numbers shows that, of the 1,871 Sussex County students who graduated from district high schools in 2011, only 558 enrolled in a four-year institution -- 100 of those at our own University of Delaware. Thus, only 29.8% of that year's graduates found their way to traditional universities.
If more students could be prepared and qualified for top colleges, Southern Delaware would benefit from the future leadership and investment these young people could bring back to the region as adults.
For students seeking a high caliber, well-rounded accelerated academic program in a small school environment, in preparation for applying to leading universities, the new charter high school offers an important alternative.