Georgetown isn’t just the center of law and government in Sussex County.
The county seat also boasts one of the highest concentrations of school choice options in the state with no less than six public, private, charter, magnet and religious schools in the immediate area.
Traditional public education in Georgetown is provided by the Indian River School District.
The largest public school district in the state by geographic area, Indian River operates 15 schools, including North Georgetown Elementary, Georgetown Elementary, the Howard T. Ennis School, Georgetown Middle School and Sussex Central High School, all of which are located in the Georgetown area.
“What we offer that is unique from the other schools in the area is diversity,” Superintendent Susan Bunting said. “We address the needs of all of our students and our district’s reputation of academic superiority is renowned throughout the state, including North Georgetown Elementary, which has been named a national Blue Ribbon School.”
Bunting noted that parents also have the option of enrolling their students in any public school in the state, regardless of residency, adding to school choices available in the area.
Four miles west of Georgetown on County Seat Highway, Sussex Technical School District operates the county’s only full-time comprehensive technical high school.
The public magnet school enrolls roughly 1,400 students from throughout Sussex who are interested in pursuing standard educational programs along with core technical programs including automotive, communication and information, health/human services and industrial/engineering.
Created in 1961, Sussex Tech became a full-time high school in 22 years ago and today offers students block scheduling, structured academic and technical programs, career majors and an integrated curriculum, according to Superintendent Allen Lathbury Jr.
“Sussex Technical School District is much more than a high school,” he said. “The district is responsive to the county’s, state’s and region’s needs as it relates to preparing a globally-ready workforce for jobs/careers that do not even exist yet. Simply put, the mission of Sussex Technical School District is ‘Excellence in technical, career and academic education.’”
In the last 20 years, Georgetown also has seen the rise of four private schools, each with its own focus.
Officials with those schools cited Georgetown’s central location and Sussex County’s strong growth in population over the past 20 years as the driving force behind the recent rise is school choice in the area.
“As more people move to the area, the need for a greater number of schools increases, as well as the need for unique educational options,” said Susan Gum, the admissions director at Delmarva Christian High School. “With Georgetown being in a conveniently central location, it only goes to reason that the area would support so many school options.”
Page 2 of 2 - The nondenominatial Christian school on Airport Road got its start in 1999 and currently serves 185 students in grades 9 through 12.
“What makes DCHS unique is its mission to proclaim the gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically and physically to know and to do God’s will,” Gum said. “The goal at DCHS is to assist students in discovering and fulfilling that plan.”
Drawing students from Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware, as well as Dorchester, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland, the school provides an education in “positive moral conduct, values and virtues,” along with academic instruction.
The Jesus Is Lord Christian Academy, a home-schooling collective with about 50 students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades, provides Georgetown area with a second alternative when it comes to faith-based education.