Award Year: 2013

The Charter School of Wilmington

100 N. DuPont Road
Wilmington, DE, 19807-3106

(302) 651-2727

Samuel Paoli Ed.D., Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Charles Baldwin, Current Principal

Red Clay Consolidated

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to engage highly motivated high school students with an interest in math and science by providing a challenging college-preparatory curriculum in a nurturing environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 63%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 26%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

The Charter School of Wilmington (CSW) is a center of excellence supporting students in Northern Delaware with a passion for mathematics and science. In 1995, a group of visionary leaders from the Wilmington business community and then Governor Thomas R. Carper, joined forces with educational leaders and the Red Clay School District to form Delaware’s first public charter school - The Charter School of Wilmington. Charter has been ranked #1 in the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) testing in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies for over a decade and maintains an 1888 average SAT score. 1,130 Advanced Placement (AP) exams covering 20 different subjects were administered in 2013 to 449 students with an average score of 4.1. Charter was ranked #5 in the Best High Schools for STEM rankings (science, technology, engineering, math) by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 and is currently ranked #62 in Newsweek’s Best High School’s List. Our Junior Research Program has been hailed by the local science community. We offer a Fluid Dynamics Independent Study course with a PumpLab™ Centrifugal Pump and Process Control System modeled from a 3rd year University of Delaware class. CSW students have garnered top honors in many state, national, and international competitions including the Jefferson Awards, Science Olympiad, Math League, Envirothon, U.S. Cyber Challenge, U.S. Physics Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations and World Quest. CSW enjoys the highest rate of student participation in interscholastic athletics in Delaware and has earned several conference and state championships in a variety of sports.