160 students to be admitted this year

Sussex Academy will open an elementary school on The Jefferson School campus, in Georgetown, in August 2020.

On Thursday, March 19, Delaware Secretary of Education, Dr. Susan Bunting, and the state Board of Education approved Sussex Academy’s charter modification request to add an elementary school beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Sussex Academy Elementary School will take over the current Jefferson School campus at 22051 Wilson Road in Georgetown.

Sussex Academy Elementary School, like its middle and high school, will be a tuition-free public charter school for students in kindergarten through grade five. In 2020, 160 students will be admitted, with a maximum capacity of 240.

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All students seeking enrollment, including incoming kindergarten students, must submit an enrollment application. A DOE Standard School Choice application should accompany the enrollment application.  

Should the number of applicants received exceed the number of seats available at one or more grade levels, a lottery will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020.  Applications can be completed beginning Friday, March 20, at this link, and will be accepted through April 9.

Student services (transportation, school lunch, activity fees, etc.) will mirror current Sussex Academy practices. Sussex Academy Elementary School students will be required to wear uniforms. Consistent with the mission of Sussex Academy, the school will foster academic achievement and social responsibility in a small-school setting. 

Campus resources at The Jefferson School will allow for a unique environmental science program and the school’s Spanish literacy program will provide all students the opportunity to learn Spanish, in conjunction with the language arts curriculum.