The Delaware Charter Schools Network
The Delaware Charter Schools Network is Delaware’s statewide charter support organization. We are a membership network that represents charter schools of all types throughout the First State. We proudly work for over 10,400 children in 22 charter schools. Our network unifies all charter schools in order to achieve critical policy and programmatic gains.
The Delaware Charter Schools Network is a non-profit organization created in 2001 to support the charter school movement and charter schools in Delaware. Through donations from foundations and members across the state, the Network provides advocacy and essential services to public charter schools, their boards, leaders, staff, and parents. The Network educates the public about charter schools, provides assistance to existing Delaware charter schools and those yet to open, and serves as a unified voice for the state's charter schools at the state and national level.
Charter schools play a critical role in Delaware's public education landscape. In 1995, the charter school law was passed with the goal of increasing choices for families and raising the academic performance of all Delaware schools. Today, 22 charter schools offer an abundance of options for families of the First State, and new applicants are now in the process for possible authorization. The vision for the Delaware Charter Schools Network is to serve as a catalyst for systemic change resulting in excellence in public education throughout Delaware. As a small state, Delaware can serve as the model for excellence in education and choice, and the Network is committed to this model working with organizations like Vision 2015 to enhance quality and opportunities in education.
Since 1996 when Delaware's first charter schools opened their doors, a growing number of families have made the charter school choice, and most Delaware charter schools have waiting lists. The Network's challenge is to help improve and expand existing schools, encourage the creation of new charters, and ensure that all of Delaware's charter schools remain accountable and high performing.
The Delaware Charter Schools Network is governed by two unique boards. The Advisory Board of the Network is comprised of all member charter school leaders throughout the state. The Governing Board of the Network is comprised of a combination of charter school and community leaders. The two boards work closely to ensure that all activities of the Network reflect the organization commitment to supporting high quality charter schools.
- Kendall Massett, Executive Director
- Pauline Day, Executive Assistant
Delaware College Preparatory Academy
510 West 28th Street
Delaware Military Academy
112 Middleboro Road
Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences
21777 Sussex Pines Road