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.
To learn more about the Sussex Academy Foundation, visit our website by clicking here.