Our District

  • The Red Clay Consolidated School District was formed on July 1, 1981 when the New Castle County School District was reorganized into four school districts.

    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 charter schools, 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 two special education schools.

    We are one of Delaware's largest employers, with more than 2,300 full-time employees—about 1,100 of whom are teachers. The district operates on a budget of more than $265 million. About 38 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

Recent Awards & Accolades


    • U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in Delaware
    • 2019-2021 National PTA School of Excellence Award
    • New Castle County's Largest Employers of 2020 (Delaware Business Times)
    • Top-ranked for Diversity, Best Teachers and Best Places to Teach (Niche)
    • 6 U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School Awards
    • 2021 Delaware Teacher of the Year
    • 2021 Best Public Schools (Niche)
    • 2021 Delaware Finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
    • 2020-21 National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) Excellence in School Psychological Services (ESPS) Recognition Award
    • Delaware's Top Teachers of 2020 (Delaware Today)
    • 2020 First Chance Delaware Award
    • 2020 Delaware History Teacher of the Year
    • 2020 Leadership Awards from the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA)
    • 2019-20 Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship Awards
    • 2019-20 Delaware Administrators of Special Education Programs (DASEP) Outstanding Administrator of the Year
    • 2019-20 Delaware Green Ribbon School
    • 2019-20 State Unified Champion School
    • 2019 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award
    • Delaware's Top Teachers of 2019 (Delaware Today)
    • Featured in national media including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Good Morning America and The Kelly Clarkson Show
    • 2018-19 National Unified Champion School
    • 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
    • 2017-2019 National PTA School of Excellence Award
    • 2018-19 National Unified Champion School
    • 2017-18 State Unified Champion School