The Red Clay Consolidated School District was formed on July 1, 1981. It is one of four districts created when the New Castle County School District was reorganized.
Red Clay includes northwestern sections of the City of Wilmington and its suburbs, all the way to the Pennsylvania state line, from the Brandywine Creek to the Pike Creek Valley area, and along the Christina River back to the city line.
Including our charters, Red Clay is the largest public school district in the state. The district serves more than 16,000 students in 15 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, and three special education schools, For information about the schools and their locations, please see the “Our Schools” link on the district home page.
Of the more than 2,300 full-time employees, about 1,100 are teachers. The district operates on a budget of more than $265 million. About thirty eight percent of that amount is derived from local property taxes based on a rate of $2.174 per $100 of assessed property value. The remainder comes from state and federal funds.
Red Clay is a comprehensive K-12 public school system with excellent educational opportunities for students of all levels. The instructional program begins with the mastery of basic skills by all students and is centered around individualized programs to meet the needs of each student, from the least able to the most gifted. All Red Clay schools feature libraries, and there are planetariums and observatories, swimming pools, science labs, technology labs, industrial arts shops, and theatre and music facilities in the district. The district offers distinctive magnet programs including – Cab Calloway School of the Arts (grades 6-12), Conrad Schools of Science (grades 6-12), and Lewis Dual Language Elementary School (kindergarten-grade 5)
Other features of the program are:
- College prep, vocational/occupational, business and agriculture courses
- Programs for gifted students from age four through grade 12, including early graduation and early college enrollment opportunities
- A full array of interscholastic and intramural sports
- Extracurricular programs, including instrumental music instruction beginning at grade 3
- Free and appropriate programs for children requiring special education, based on the least restrictive environment and mainstreaming
- 100% of teachers state certified; all high schools accredited
- In-school and out-of-school alternative programs for disruptive students
- World languages including Chinese, Latin, French, German, Italian and Spanish