Best Public Schools in Dover, DE


The city of Dover, Delaware is home to 20 schools spanning elementary, middle, and high school grades across two school districts - the Capital School District and the Caesar Rodney School District. The data reveals a mix of high-performing and lower-performing schools, with standouts like Major George S. Welch Elementary School and Dover Air Force Base Middle School leading the pack in academic achievement.

While the schools exhibit diverse student populations, there are significant disparities in performance, even within the same district. For example, within the Capital School District, Booker T. Washington Elementary and North Dover Elementary outperform East Dover Elementary and Towne Point Elementary in key assessments. The data also suggests that schools with higher percentages of students from low-income families tend to struggle more academically, highlighting the challenges faced by high-poverty schools.

Interestingly, the analysis does not reveal a clear correlation between spending per student and academic performance. While the top-performing schools have relatively high spending, some lower-performing schools also have high per-student budgets. The data points to the potential influence of school district quality, with the higher-ranked Caesar Rodney School District home to the standout schools in the area.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Delaware Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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