Colonial School District 2022-2023 Application

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Note:  A parent residing within the State of Delaware may seek to enroll that parent’s child in a public school in any school district, charter school, magnet school or vocational-technical school through this application. Any student not currently registered in a public school in the State of Delaware must be registered in their School of Residence before submitting a Delaware Standard Application for Educational Options.  Click here to search for your child’s School of Residence and check with your School of Residence for required paperwork.


Welcome to the start of something truly special!

We are excited that you have chosen the Colonial School District for your child’s educational experience. The Colonial School District has a long-standing tradition of serving the community, providing students with the knowledge and skills for success beyond formal schooling as well as instilling the positive characteristics and traits of productive citizens.

Located in the heart of New Castle County, Colonial serves approximately 10,000 students and has eight elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, one Virtual Academy and two special needs schools. We are committed to continuous parent and community engagement as part of the new look and values of the district. We provide a variety of avenues for the Colonial community to receive regular updates and to be involved in the exciting activities and programs in the Colonial School District.

We work hard to combine many great Colonial traditions of the past with innovative programming to provide comprehensive 21st century educational opportunities for all students. Systemic change takes time, but with the continued support of a committed and focused staff, outstanding students, and an engaged community, the Colonial School District will undoubtedly achieve its goals.

Our mission is to maintain and expand a more rigorous teaching and learning environment that centers on providing all students with the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. This includes collaborating with our local business community, institutions of higher education, and engaging the community as a whole as we strive to ensure an education that provides students with a sense of belonging while helping them to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

The Colonial School District offers “choice programs” within our schools.

Language Immersion: Language Immersion offers a robust bilingual experience for young learners at the point in their development that is perfect for learning a new language.  More than forty years of research consistently documents the power of immersion education to help students attain high levels of world language proficiency.  No other type of instruction, short of living in a non-English-speaking environment, is as successful.  Young children especially thrive in this type of learning environment where learning new languages comes as naturally as learning their first one.  World Language Immersion students follow the same standards-based curriculum in all content areas that non-immersion students follow in any other Colonial School District elementary and middle school classroom.

The Colonial School District offers a Spanish Immersion Program. School Choice in the Language Immersion Programs begins in Kindergarten; however, there may be limited availability in Grade 1.  The Spanish Immersion Program is located at Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School.  Only students applying through the School Choice Program will be considered, regardless of their resident school.

If you are interested in the Spanish Immersion Program, please select Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School as the School Choice and then select Spanish Immersion as the Program Choice.

Colonial Virtual Program: The current education climate has allowed Colonial to create high quality virtual learning experience to that mirrors our traditional face-to-face program. Colonial has developed the Virtual Program, which will allow students to learn outside their assigned school building. This approach provides a rich and engaging experience for all learners that parallels that of in-person learning.

The Colonial Virtual Program (CVP) was formed to provide Colonial families with the resources and flexibility to serve students who wish to learn online. It is managed and operated by the District, but the credits align with a student’s assigned school. CVP offers a wide range of computer-based courses that students take over the internet. Students may complete their courses from their home or other learning environment with internet access.

CVP is only available for students in grades 1 through 8. If you are interested in the Virtual Program, please select Wilmington Manor School as the School Choice and then select Virtual Program as the Program Choice.

We appreciate your interest in our district and hope to have your child join our growing student body! Welcome to Colonial!

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Kindergarten Schools

  1. Carrie Downie Elementary
  2. Castle Hills Elementary
  3. Eisenberg Elementary
  4. Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary
  5. New Castle Elementary
  6. Pleasantville Elementary
  7. Southern Elementary
  8. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 01 Schools

  1. Carrie Downie Elementary
  2. Castle Hills Elementary
  3. Eisenberg Elementary
  4. Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary
  5. New Castle Elementary
  6. Pleasantville Elementary
  7. Southern Elementary
  8. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 02 Schools

  1. Carrie Downie Elementary
  2. Castle Hills Elementary
  3. Eisenberg Elementary
  4. Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary
  5. New Castle Elementary
  6. Pleasantville Elementary
  7. Southern Elementary
  8. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 03 Schools

  1. Carrie Downie Elementary
  2. Castle Hills Elementary
  3. Eisenberg Elementary
  4. Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary
  5. New Castle Elementary
  6. Pleasantville Elementary
  7. Southern Elementary
  8. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 04 Schools

  1. Carrie Downie Elementary
  2. Castle Hills Elementary
  3. Eisenberg Elementary
  4. Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary
  5. New Castle Elementary
  6. Pleasantville Elementary
  7. Southern Elementary
  8. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 05 Schools

  1. Carrie Downie Elementary
  2. Castle Hills Elementary
  3. Eisenberg Elementary
  4. Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary
  5. New Castle Elementary
  6. Pleasantville Elementary
  7. Southern Elementary
  8. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 06 Schools

  1. George Read Middle
  2. Gunning Bedford Middle
  3. McCullough Middle
  4. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 07 Schools

  1. George Read Middle
  2. Gunning Bedford Middle
  3. McCullough Middle
  4. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 08 Schools

  1. George Read Middle
  2. Gunning Bedford Middle
  3. McCullough Middle
  4. Wilmington Manor Elementary

Grade 09 Schools

  1. William Penn High

Grade 10 Schools

  1. William Penn High

Grade 11 Schools

  1. William Penn High

Grade 12 Schools

  1. William Penn High


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