School Details

Sussex Academy

21777 Sussex Pines Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 856-3636
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-8 329 students 19 students/teacher (DE avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2009
  • Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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  • Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sussex Academy is a charter middle school in Georgetown. 329 students attend Sussex Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 12% of the 329 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sussex Academy is 19:1. Georgetown Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 89%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% %
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 0.9% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This school is absoutely terrible. Not so much as the work but the social atmosphere. Bullying is a definite problem the athletes and 'A' students are favoritized and some of the teachers are simply awful. The majority of the teachers get angry over petty things. Sure this school may be advanced but it is not worth the un-kind teachers administrators and students.

  • (8 months ago)

    This charter school should be INVESTIGATED. Work load is accelerated organization is an absolute must homework is more than other schools and grading system is totally biased. Nothing exemplary about the atmosphere! Bullying is VERY evident both from the teachers and students. Too much is ignored. If your child is not an "A" student and an athlete do not accept this farce of a lottery. There is no diversity of any kind here. No special consideration made for any child that requires a learning plan or simply cannot keep up. Your child's self esteem will not be nurtured unless they fit in the mold. Parent participation and communication is non-existent. The evidence speaks for itself. The withdrawal rate is enormous throughout the year and does not concern the administration at all. Only the prize students are wanted here.

  • (8 months ago)

    Sussex Academy is EXEMPLARY! Definitely a preparatory school. The content is challenging engaging and hands on. The rules are strict and adhered to. The teachers are knowledgeable and dedicated. The whole school is a community. No clicks here. In fact the kids are very accepting of differences yet friendly. NO BULLYING HERE! The music department is top notch. The theater arts is fantastic. ***way too much homework*** we have many nights with 3+ hrs; however my student has become impress-ably independent organized and confident.*** they have a frustrating method for retaining completed work. Each night they glue new work and assignments into binders. No loose papers. The problem is... a 51.24lb book bag. My pediatrician is considering a formal complaint. We have dealt with this by purchasing a rolling backpack. Be sure to budget for a good one. Lunches are very good and a decent size. The dress code is adhered to. Be sure to purchase adequate changes. For a while I was constantly doing laundry with just 3 sets of uniforms. SPORTS! You will never find more diversity in a school this size. Something for everyone. They allocate a lot of money to extra curricular activities.GREAT

  • (1 year ago)

    Sussex Academy is the school my daughter chose to go after shadowing at 6 private high schools! This is Sussex Academy first year offering High School and so far I am impress by how welcoming the staff has been to students and parents. Soon after my daughter's acceptance in April there has been constant contact which has made my daughter feel so comfortable starting high school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with other parents who stated that parental involvement is discouraged. Also the teachers aren't kid or parent friendly. I hated having my child feel so intimidated by teachers. I don't think this is the best learning environment. Students should feel at ease to ask questions not feel they will be "yelled at" for asking. And the focus should be on learning not the little piddly things they make huge deals out of. Teachers and administrators feel they are a step above everyone else. This school was horrible for my child's self esteem which is why I pulled her out after seventh grade. She is now thriving and learning in a school where she is respected and cared about in the most positive way.

  • (2 years ago)

    Best school in this geographical area. Students are eager curious optimistic but most of all proud of their own individual achievements in which they demonstrate in their personal portfolios. This school really enforces the principles of independent critical and creative thinking into their educational curriculum. This school is an Expeditionary Learning school that reflects educational values and beliefs. As an older parent watching my child grow as a student over the past three years has been extremely rewarding and has been an amazing experience for both myself and my child.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great program and administration students first rate and dedicated. However few good teachers and some are terrible; arbitrary grading where excellent hard work can earn C or worse; parental involvement discouraged. Frustrating and overrated.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so glad i go to this school. This is my first year at saas and *wheew* it was so hard in the beginning and not knowing anybody was hard too especially when you have to sit near all of these 7 graders too. But as you go along through the marking periods you get to learn about everybody and you wont feel like a outcast anymore. And looking back at my fist few weeks at saas wow a lot of things changed like the girl that sits next to you in home room ends up to be one of your bestfriends. The good part of going to saas is that most of the people are nice to you.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a challenging school and offers Academic Challenge (exelerated classes) but the teachers are a pain. They really like their rules and are way too strict about the silliest things. They make you think that they're doing what they do in high school but high school isn't half as bad. They also act like they want parents involved but they don't. It's a big downside but overall it's a great school. Our State Testing scores are 8 or 9th in the nation from last year!

  • (5 years ago)

    In the past if asked if i had ever recieved anything beneath an a i would have found this question both ludacris and remotly offensive. However in the past three years of my middle school career here at SAAS I have found that a C is not out of the ordinary. I enjoy the hands on learning enviroment Sussex Academy offers. The well qualified and expirienced teachers are obviously to blame for such a great atmosphere in which to learn. To demonstrate this last year when learning about Pre- History in Social Studies we found ourselves crawling through a cave to retrive artifacts that could tell about life at that era. The teachers are approachable and want you to succeed (although they really hold your feet to the fire.) My years in this small school have really paid off academically.

  • (6 years ago)

    The best thing about this school is that we are challenged. 6th grade was the first time in my life that I actually had to work for my grades. You learn in new ways through Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound. In the 2008 DSTP Scores SAAS scored the HIGHEST in Writing out of all middle and high schools in the entire state. Even though you're leaving your home district to come here it is worth it. You'll meet great students teachers administrators and you will not want to leave. We've been visited by WBOC WHYY Jack Markell multiple journalists and other prominent figures in our community. We've been a Superior school for a long time so we have obviously got the brains and skills!

  • (6 years ago)

    Awesome i currently go to SAAS! It will make your high school easier than it seems and helps!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is a blessing finally I could get away from the idiots of regular middle schools if you need a challenge and want to meet awesomely eccentric teachers come here! I learned so much and I'm so much smarter now than if I went somewhere else. Only smart kids belong in SAAS and in the end those were the only ones left!

  • (6 years ago)

    My school is awesome i love the way no one gets judged as quick about clothing because we wear uniforms!

  • (6 years ago)

    Awesome school. If is mostly for kids who excel in school in many areas. The teachers make the students responsible for their work and I feel my son has really grown up and done very well. He gets average grades now he was a straight a student before attending this school. I would recommend it to anyone who wants their child's education to come first above sports and social events. Your child will bloom!

  • (6 years ago)

    Awesome school. If is mostly for kids who excel in school in many areas. The teachers make the students responsible for their work and I feel my son has really grown up and done very well. He gets average grades now he was a straight A student before attending this school. I would recommend it to anyone who wants their child's education to come first above sports and social events. YOUR CHILD WILL BLOOM!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a parent of a current 8th grader. I have found her experience at the school to be exceptional. She hates to leave the school. The school incorporates all the classes in their study of topics. For instance In reading class they read a book ('Hatchet') about a boy who's plane crashed on his way to a Canadain providence. Social Studies looked at the map of Canada and worked with clues in the book to try and determine his location. Math Science writing all did the same sort of thing. The school has 'clubs' which meet during school time. So there really is 'extra curricular' activites just not done after school. There is also interscholastic sports. Overall the best Middle School around...good luck in the lottery getting in the school held in Jan. each year!

  • (8 years ago)

    I found the teachers to be a bit arrogant. They expect children to succeed but give little guidance to those who need help. A great school for children who are very disciplined and gifted but not so good for your average child with a weakness in one or two subjects.I like the curriculum and really think this is the best choice for Middle School students in Sussex County but I wish there were at least some programs in place to help kids that are failing. The principal is very reasonable and seems approachable. Not enough extra-curricular activities but this is a small school there is only so much they can do!

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