Newark Charter School

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Newark Charter School
The original Newark Charter School building, now used as the intermediate school 2014-08-18 20-46.jpg
The original Newark Charter School building, now used as the intermediate school
2001 Patriot Way (K-6)
200 McIntire Drive (7-12)

Newark, Delaware, New Castle County 19711
United States
Coordinates 39°39′45″N 75°46′32″W / 39.662618°N 75.775645°W / 39.662618; -75.775645
Type Charter school
Motto "Excellence in Academics and Decorum"
Opened 2001
School district Newark Charter School
Director Gregory Meece
Employees 189[1]
Grades K-12
Gender coed
Enrollment 2,330
School color(s) Red/White/Blue
Mascot Patriot

Newark Charter School (NCS) is a public charter school located in Newark, Delaware that serves children from kindergarten to twelfth grade. 2,330 students were enrolled in the school for the 2016-17 school year.[2] The school uses the Core Knowledge curriculum.[3]


Newark Charter School's charter was approved by the Delaware State Board of Education in April 2000, and the middle school opened in September 2001. Shortly after the school opened, their students voted "the Patriot" as their mascot after the September 11 attacks. The charter was renewed in June 2004. An elementary school was opened in August 2007, and the charter was once again renewed in January 2010.[4]

In April 2012, the Delaware state board of education voted unanimously to allow the addition of a high school, which made Newark Charter the state's first K-12 charter school.[5] Newark Charter High School is located in the former Lear Corporation factory, which made car seats for the now closed Chrysler Newark Assembly plant.[6] There were openings for 162 ninth graders in fall 2013,[7] with another grade added each year.[6]

The school joined the Diamond State Athletic Conference in the 2015-2016 school year.[8]


The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education in 2010,[9] and in 2016[10] in the "Exemplary High Performing Schools" performance category.[11]

The school was named a Top Workplace in Delaware by The News Journal in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.[1]

The school was selected by the College Board in 2015 to implement their AP Capstone Program.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Top Workplaces 2016 - Newark Charter School". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Quick Facts". Newark Charter School. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Newark Charter School". Core Knowledge Foundation. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "History of NCS". Newark Charter School. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ Dobo, Nichole (April 20, 2012). "Newark Charter expansion approved". The News Journal. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Shannon, Josh (August 16, 2013). "Newark Charter High School ready to open". Newark Post. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Busby, Jon (May 4, 2012). "Newark Charter School adds softball to its sports lineup". Newark Post. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Myers, Brad (July 16, 2015). "Sussex Academy leads shift in high school conferences". The News Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Schools Recognized 1982 Through 2015" (PDF). The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. p. 39. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Shannon, Josh (January 12, 2017). "Newark Charter celebrates second Blue Ribbon School award". Newark Post. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Newark Charter School - Newark, DE". The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "High School Curriculum". Newark Charter School. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 

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