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The Charter School of Wilmington - Wilmington, DE

CSW students receive 2018 Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship banner.

CSW students receive 2018 Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship banner.

Since 1996, The Charter School of Wilmington (CSW) remains an innovative educational force in Delaware, and a national leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum.

Our Junior Research Project is hailed by the local science community. This required program provides students with an authentic, in-depth experience in scientific research. Beginning sophomore year after a Scientific Research class, students propose a topic for investigation and create an experimental design for the investigation. Once the proposal is polished and approved, students conduct the experiment with mentors or science professionals and analyze the data. Juniors present their findings and also participate in the Science Fair.

CSW's signature outreach and volunteer programs (The Buddy Program, The Science Ambassadors, and The Jefferson Council) continue to have a positive impact in the community for nearly two decades. Our Jefferson Council was honored as a 2nd place national winner by the Jefferson Awards for their philanthropic contributions to the community.

New partnerships and student/teacher opportunities are explored daily. We provide all students with an exceptional education that prepares them for success in a diverse society, with a focus on developing the whole child. The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) offers an annual statewide competition in sportsmanship, which CSW has won the past six years. We have the largest number of high school athletes participating in sports in Delaware. The collaboration is extraordinary, ensuring CSW stays on an upward trajectory for our students in learning and growing.

The Charter School of Wilmington

100 North Dupont Road
Wilmington, DE, 19807-3199

(302) 651-2727

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

Dr. James P. Capolupo, Current Principal

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The Charter School of Wilmington

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The mission of The Charter School of Wilmington is to engage highly motivated high school students with an interest in math and science by providing a challenging college-preparatory curriculum in a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment that integrates practical learning opportunities, sets high expectations, develops social responsibility, and promotes a global perspective.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 32%
  • Native American: 1%