About the School

At Great Oaks Charter School in Wilmington, we strive to cultivate a joyful learning atmosphere, and our students enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities, including a championship basketball team.

To provide the best access to services for our students and community, we are located in the heart of our city in the Community Education Building (CEB). Our eleven-story building was converted into a world-class education facility thanks to the generosity of Bank of America and the Longwood Foundation. The 281,000 square-foot facility has a cafeteria, library, music and dance rooms, an indoor play area, and health and wellness service facilities.


Our Mission

We work to create a safe, effective, and innovative learning environment that enables everyone to reach his or her greatest potential through a high dosage of mentorship.


Every Student, Every Day, Engaging, Connecting and Succeeding – No Matter What

Core Values

Students First – Our students are the reason we exist. Each staff member is responsible for our students’ success. Our students’ futures are at stake – we never give up. All our decisions and actions are centered on students.

Straight Talk – We face reality, communicate honestly and respectfully, and hold each other accountable.

We Grow – We know that we are not perfect. We are open to feedback, ask for help, and strive to develop ourselves in our roles to be successful for our students, families, and staff.

Model Excellence – We consistently uphold school-wide expectations. Every day we are in the spotlight, and we always model professionalism. We assume the best and treat one another with respect.

One Team – We are in this together. Even when we don’t see eye to eye, we support each other to reach our goals and do what’s best for our students. We do more with less. If it doesn’t work, we fix it. We find a way.

Joy & Humor – We like to have fun. We love to laugh. We believe a positive atmosphere helps us achieve more.

About the Team

Our team is focused on providing each student with an individualized education. We have a dynamic group of staff, fellows, and board members who all have the children’s best interests at heart. Take a look at the full list of our team to learn more about us!

Frequently Asked Questions

From December – August we accept enrollment applications online via www.schoolchoicede.org.
All students within the state of Delaware are able to apply to be enrolled at Great Oaks Charter School. To apply online, please complete the enrollment application via the schoolchoicede.org website. This application allows you to apply and/or waitlist for any school that participates in the School Choice Application process. Once you’ve completed your application, expect an email notification and/or a phone call for your application results.
Every student receives two free uniform shirts. If additional support is needed, we work together with the Family Resource Center in our building to provide for the needs of our families.
At Great Oaks, the school day begins at 9:20 am and goes until 4 pm. After-School Programs start at 4 pm and runs until 6 pm.
Students are provided breakfast and lunch, and if they stay after school, they are provided dinner. All meals provided are completely free of charge.
Yes, we have transportation that runs all over New Castle County, from Bear to Wilmington! We also make travel accomdations our students whose bus routes we do not service. Contact us to learn more about our routes.
All after-school and athletic programs are free of charge to our students.
Our after-school programming has something for everyone! We offer basketball, football, volleyball, track, cheer and soccer. We also host a robust Arts program including musical theatre, band, choir, fashion design, dance and visual arts. We have leadership opportunities for students after school including National Junior Honors Society and Student Government. New clubs are being added every year based on student interest. In the past we have hosted clubs for yoga, newspaper, film, gaming, cosmetology, and more.
Yes! Since the 2019-2020 school year, we have been providing Driver’s Education to our High School Students.
Great Oaks Fellows are integral members of the Great Oaks community. Fellows are responsible for providing individualized instruction, mentorship, and enrichment opportunities to small groups of students each day.
Our menu of electives changes from year to year; in the past, we have offered Spanish, Fashion Design, Public Speaking, Current Events, Art, Technology, Music, and so much more! In the high school, we offer French and Spanish coursework, AP and other college-level courses, as well as two CTE pathways: K-12 Academy, Allied Health and Public & Community Health.
We are proud to be implementing a brand new set of highly-qualified, blended learning curriculum in the 2020-2021 school year. Our curriculum was carefully curated to provide a highly-engaging and rigorous educational experience for our students. Each curriculum is available online, making remote learning more accessible for our students. We are proud that we were able to find material that is culturally responsive and that will engage our students in the real-life application of skills.

Our Community Partners

Community Education Building: CEB’s vision is to transform lives through equitable education opportunity. The CEB is a collaborative ecosystem where unique mission-aligned organizations are dedicated to creating a community environment that supports the success of every student. CEB programs, staff, and partners work together to help every child grow and achieve. Our mission is to build the best educational support system possible, allowing every student an equitable opportunity to succeed.

We proudly host a corps of AmeriCorps Members, completing a year of service as part of our Education Fellows. The Ed Fellows is a selective group of recent college graduates serving our students as academic tutors and mentors. Many of these individuals remain in the same cities where they work after their year of service, which positively impacts our schools and communities for years to come.

We believe in the power of a high-quality teacher and we are committed to increasing the size, quality, and diversity of our own teaching staff. With that in mind, we partner with Relay Graduate School of Education to create a pipeline for high-performing Education Fellows to receive their Masters of Art in Teaching through Relay’s Delaware campus.

In Partnership with Summer Collab, Great Oaks works to reverse the summer slide. Summer Collab trains Great Oaks staff to lead amazing STEAM summer programs, keeping our students active and learning even when school is out.

Great Oaks partners with the YMCA of Delaware to provide recreational space for students. This partnership helps Great Oaks offer students enrichment opportunities in sports and arts.

Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. is a privately held, full-service real estate acquisition, development, and management company. The company leases the housing the school provides for Great Oaks tutors.

Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. is a privately held, full-service real estate acquisition, development, and management company. The company leases the housing the school provides for Great Oaks tutors.

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“I was scared when I came here late in the year because my school closed. I didn’t want to come, but within two weeks I learned that we are a family here at Great Oaks. The staff here push me outside of my academic comfort zone, and when I make mistakes they always support me through it and I grow. I feel a connection to every staff member, and they have taught me something: to become a better version of me.” – Keyon Cooper

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