New "Big Picture Learning" School Opens in Wilmington

The new Delaware Met High School, which officially opened it doors three weeks ago, invited community leaders to its campus today for a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of its facility, and to hear a bit about the school’s unique teaching vision. Some 250 ninth and tenth grade students have enrolled in the new charter school, which located inside one of the former MBNA buildings in Wilmington at 10th and French Streets. The handsome classrooms and high-ceiling basketball court are bright, new and welcoming, and the kids are excited to be there.

The Delaware Met’s academic approach is based upon the “Big Picture Learning” model, which focuses on an inspired and personalized learning plan that is developed with each student in conjunction with their family. “At the Delaware Met, we develop a plan around our students’ passions and interests,” said Head of School Tricia Hunter Crafton. Four years in the planning, the Delaware Met plans to add one high school grade each of the next two years. “It’s been a long journey,” said Board Chair Nash Childs. “We need to make a different, and we believe this model is going to do that,” he said.

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    • Hi Gerry. Every good school offers a sports program. The focus at Delaware Met is on academics, and they are fortunate to have been able to convert a portion of the large facility into a two story gym with “short court” basketball. They won’t be able to host team basketball games, as the court is not full-size. But the kids are able to shoot baskets and enjoy other physical education activities in the gym. Thanks for supporting these kids on their journey to success!

  • I most certainly believe that physical exercise is critical in any approach to education, even if that means 5k walks through the woods three times a week. My disappointment comes as these schools erupt like mushrooms and in two years later the only information about the school has come from athletics and that is where the success of the school seems to lie. I don’t know whether these schools are graduating students who will be of any value to the workforce, certainly the culinary academies seem to be pushing students into low paying work without much future. Delaware Military Academy is a prime example of” but can the read?”, I still don’t know, but I can find the football scores.
    I hope success will not be gauged by basketball, but by academic strides.