Student Body: Freire Wilmington serves approximately 450 students in grades 8-12, operating on a five-year high school model. Freire students come from throughout New Castle County.
History: Since 1999, the Freire Schools Network has offered students a high-quality college-preparatory education at no cost, with no testing or GPA requirements. Freire Wilmington opened in 2015 to bring the proven Freire model to Delaware for the first time.
College Success: Freire is all about Graduation x 2 – graduation from high school and from college. We challenge our students to achieve higher than they ever have before, and we give them the support they need to get there, including individualized college counseling. The average college scholarship per graduate in the Freire Schools Network in 2017 was $67,288.
Academic Growth: Freire Wilmington’s scores for academic growth were the third highest in the state for reading, and in the top 15 schools for math throughout Delaware based on 2016-17 state assessments. Freire Wilmington students grew twice as much as the state average in reading and three times as much as the average growth in math over the course of a single year. That’s like having an extra year—or two!—of school!
Location and Transportation: Located on the banks of the beautiful Brandywine River in one of the safest neighborhoods in downtown Wilmington, it’s easy for students to get here every day with school buses that travel throughout New Castle County and the option of free DART passes for those who want them. Plus, after-school bus routes ensure that every student can participate in extracurricular activities.