Penn (William) High School

713 East Basin Road
New Castle, DE 19720
(School attendance zone shown in map)
3/
10
Bottom 50%
Serving 2,270 students in grades 9-12, Penn (William) High School ranks in the bottom 50% of all schools in Delaware for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 12% (which is lower than the Delaware state average of 29%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 32% (which is lower than the Delaware state average of 42%).
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Delaware state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Delaware state average of 58% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 2,270 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 76%
  • : 88% (Btm 50% in DE)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 12% (Btm 50%)
  • : 32% (Btm 50%)
  • : 16% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), DE Dept. of Education

School Overview

Penn (William) High School's student population of 2,270 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 128 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
2,270 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
128 teachers
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Students by Grade
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School Rankings

Penn (William) High School ranks within the bottom 50% of all 201 schools in Delaware (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of Penn (William) High School is 0.67, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (DE)
#151 out of 201 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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12%
29%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Penn (William) High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Delaware by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
32%
42%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Penn (William) High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Delaware by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
16%
21%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of Penn (William) High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of public schools in Delaware by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
4%
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Hispanic
23%
19%
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Black
47%
30%
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White
24%
42%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
3%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in Delaware.
0.67
This chart display the diversity score of Penn (William) High School and the public school average diversity score of Delaware by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
88%
88%
This chart display graduation rate of Penn (William) High School and public school graduation rate of Delaware by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
31%
34%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (12-13)
8%
5%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Penn (William) High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Delaware by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
School District Name
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), DE Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Penn (William) High School's ranking?
Penn (William) High School is ranked #151 out of 201 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Delaware.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
12% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 29% DE state average), while 32% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 42% DE state average).
What is the graduation rate of Penn (William) High School?
The graduation rate of Penn (William) High School is 88%, which is equal to the Delaware state average of 88%.
How many students attend Penn (William) High School?
2,270 students attend Penn (William) High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
47% of Penn (William) High School students are Black, 24% of students are White, 23% of students are Hispanic, 3% of students are Two or more races, 2% of students are Asian, and 1% of students are Hawaiian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Penn (William) High School?
Penn (William) High School has a student ration of 18:1, which is higher than the Delaware state average of 14:1.
What grades does Penn (William) High School offer ?
Penn (William) High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is Penn (William) High School part of?
Penn (William) High School is part of Colonial School District.

School Reviews

5   10/20/2008
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 - reba5
5   6/23/2008
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 - Infan

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 2,270 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 76%
  • : 88% (Btm 50%)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 12% (Btm 50%)
  • : 32% (Btm 50%)
  • : 16% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), DE Dept. of Education

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