Penn (William) High School
 Date updated - Summer 2017
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District: Colonial School District Telephone: (302) 323-2800
Address: 713 East Basin Road, New Castle DE 19720 Web: Penn (William) High School Page
Principal: Brian Erskine
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2015-162016-17
Grade 9614645
Grade 10546511
Grade 11486472
Grade 12402456
Total2,0482,084


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School Promotion by Grade

2014-15
Grade 976.4%
Grade 1084.1%
Grade 1192.3%
Grade 1296.5%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2015-162016-17
African American48.7%48.9%
American Indian0.3%0.2%
Asian2.9%3.2%
Hawaiian 0.1%
Hispanic/Latino20.1%20.9%
White26.9%25.2%
Multi-Racial1.1%1.5%


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Other Student Characteristics

2015-162016-17
English Language Learner4.7%5.9%
Low Income34.2%37.1%
Special Education16.4%18.0%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2016-17
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2016-17)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)

$13,811

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District Sources of Revenue (2015-16)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2015-16)




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Exemplary Programs
William Penn High School is a unique traditional high school. Committed to "rethinking" high school education, all students enroll in one of our 20 degree programs, all under three college academies: STEM, Business, and Humanities. Student schedules are individually created to support their program of study. By the time they graduate, William Penn students become highly competitive for college acceptance and scholarships, and most importantly, they are career ready. Our school offers certifications, job shadowing, authentic vocational programs and the largest number of degree program electives than any other school in the state. We also encourage all students to participate in the "whole high school experience" by joining our exemplary athletic program and/or joining one of our many after-school clubs. We are proud of the rich tradition that is Penn Pride. Go Colonials and we look forward to serving your family and your child.

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Curriculum Highlights
Degree Programs include: STEM College Academy - Allied Health, Agriculture, Architecture, Computer Science, Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing, Mathematics, & Science. Business College Academy - Air Force Jr. ROTC, Culinary Arts, Financial Services, Business Administration, and Marketing. Humanities College Academy - Behavioral Sciences, Communication, Education, International Studies, Legal Studies, Visual & Performing Arts. We offer 20 advanced placement courses. All programs offer mentoring programs, job shadowing, college experience, and possible internships. Our graduation rate continues to be high, and last school year, William Penn HS students were awarded over $4 million in college scholarships.

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