Penn (william) High School

Penn (william) High School serves 2,187 students in grades 9 - 12.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the DE average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 53%.
Penn (william) High School operates within the Colonial School District.
The school district's 54% graduation rate is lower than the DE state average of 71%.

School Overview

The student population of 2187 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 114 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,187 students
Penn (william) High School Total Students (1987-2014)
Gender % Penn (william) High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 114 teachers
Penn (william) High School Total Teachers (1987-2014)
Students by Grade Penn (william) High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.52. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (DE) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1 15:1
Penn (william) High School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2014)
Asian
3%
4%
Penn (william) High School Asian Students (1988-2014)
Hispanic
18%
15%
Penn (william) High School Black Students (1988-2014)
Black
50%
31%
Penn (william) High School Black Students (1988-2014)
White
28%
47%
Penn (william) High School White Students (1988-2014)
Two or more races
1%
3%
Penn (william) High School Two Or More Races Students (2012-2014)
All Ethnic Groups Penn (william) High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown DE All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.64 0.52
Penn (william) High School Diversity Score (1988-2014)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
35%
39%
Penn (william) High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1988-2014)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
n/a
Penn (william) High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2013)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 9,848 students has decreased by 5% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 54% has decreased from 91% over five years.
The district revenue/student of $14,154 is higher than the state average of $7,010. The district revenue/student has grown by 19% over four years.
The district spending/student of $14,609 is higher than the state average of $7,367. The district spending/student has grown by 24% over four years.
School District Name Colonial School District
Number of Schools
Managed
15
1
Number of Students Managed 9,848 970
Colonial   School District Students Managed (1988-2014)
Graduation Rate 54% 71%
Colonial   School District Graduation Rate (1993-2010)
District Total Revenue $143 MM $8 MM
Colonial   School District District Total Revenue (1990-2010)
District Spending $148 MM $9 MM
Colonial   School District District Spending (1990-2010)
District Revenue / Student $14,154 $7,010
Colonial   School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2010)
District Spending / Student $14,609 $7,367
Colonial   School District District Spending / Student (1990-2010)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, DE Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools:

The nearest high school is Leach (john G.) School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Read (george) Middle School (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Downie (carrie) Elementary School (0.6 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • New CastleRead (george) Middle School
    0.5 miles | Grades: 6-8 | 702 students314 East Basin Rd
    New CastleDE 19720
    (302)323-2760
    0.56-8702
  • New CastleDownie (carrie) Elementary School
    0.6 miles | Grades: KG-5 | 397 students1201 Delaware St
    New CastleDE 19720
    (302)323-2926
    0.6KG-5397
  • New CastleFamily Foundations Academy
    Charter School
    0.7 miles | Grades: KG-8 | 825 students1101 Delaware St
    New CastleDE 19720
    (302)324-8901
    0.7KG-8825
  • New CastleNew Castle Elementary School
    0.7 miles | Grades: KG-5 | 564 students903 Delaware St
    New CastleDE 19720
    (302)323-2880
    0.7KG-5564
  • New CastleWilmington Manor Elementary School
    0.9 miles | Grades: KG-5 | 334 students200 East Roosevelt Ave
    New CastleDE 19720
    (302)323-2901
    0.9KG-5334

School Reviews

I have to echo the sentiments of the previous parent. I too was new to the area and heard many negative things about WP. My daughter in graduating this year and has had a very positive experience at WP. The school has a very good acdemic program. The Teachers and Staff are very responsive and the facility is well maintained inside and out. This school rivals any of the charter schools in the area. I think we need to support our public schools and the teachers and staff there. They do a wonderful job.
- Posted by Parent, 10/20/08
New the area 7 years ago, many neighbors told me how 'bad' it is at WP. We decided to see for ourselves, and we're glad we did. The staff and faculty are very responsive and helpful. My children both did very well academically and socially. Both were (are) involved in both the music program and sports. The facilities are a matter of pride. You will not find a dirty bathroom, hallway, or classroom at Penn. Coaches, teachers, administrators should all be recognized for all they do at William Penn.
- Posted by Parent, 06/23/08

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