Sussex Central High School

Summary:

Sussex Central High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Georgetown, Delaware, part of the Indian River School District. The school has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 35.95% White, 11.77% African American, and 46.74% Hispanic students.

While the Indian River School District is ranked 7th out of 31 districts in the state, Sussex Central High School has consistently ranked in the middle of Delaware high schools, receiving a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's performance on standardized tests varies significantly across different student subgroups, with African American, Hispanic, and low-socioeconomic status students lagging behind their peers statewide. Additionally, the school has a relatively high student-teacher ratio of 14.7, compared to nearby Indian River High School (13.2) and Delmar High School (19.1).

The school's racial diversity has become increasingly Hispanic, with the percentage of Hispanic students rising from 40.97% in 2020-2021 to 46.74% in 2022-2023. However, the school's performance has been inconsistent, with its statewide ranking fluctuating over the years. When compared to other high schools in the region, such as the higher-performing Indian River High School, Sussex Central High School generally underperforms. The school's high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds may be a contributing factor to its academic performance challenges.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 26026 Patriots Way
       Georgetown, DE  19947-2399


(302) 934-3166

District: Indian River School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
25th of 39 Delaware High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,583 Help


Feeder schools for Sussex Central High School:

Elementary:    East Millsboro Elementary School
    Georgetown Elementary School
    Long Neck Elementary School
    North Georgetown Elementary School
Middle:    Georgetown Middle School
    Millsboro Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.7 Help
Number of students:  2,039

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
46.7%
White:
35.9%
African American:
11.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  35.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sussex Central High School ranks worse than 64.1% of high schools in Delaware. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 32.32. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Sussex Central High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Sussex Central High School has the largest high school student body size in the Indian River School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (46.7%), White (35.9%), African American (11.8%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sussex Central High School is 14.7. 1 high schools in the Indian River School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sussex Central High School is $14,583. 1 high schools in the Indian River School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sussex Central High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sussex Central High School 25th of 39 Delaware public high schools. (See Sussex Central High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Indian River School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Indian River School District 7th of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sussex Central High School

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Rank History for all students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 71.67 6th 27 77.8%
2012 61.12 10th 27 63.0%
2013 51.60 13th 26 50.0%
2014 43.90 9th 14 35.7%
2015 35.21 23rd 35 34.3%
2016 34.41 20th 31 35.5%
2017 33.36 20th 30 33.3%
2018 36.92 16th 30 46.7%
2019 34.93 24th 40 40.0%
2021 41.15 23rd 39 41.0%
2022 29.84 28th 39 28.2%
2023 32.32 25th 39 35.9%
See the entire list of Delaware High School Rankings!

Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 47.70 15th 29 48.3%
2021 55.99 9th 24 62.5%
2022 42.71 14th 28 50.0%
2023 19.02 26th 29 10.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.23 27th 41 34.1%
2021 37.14 24th 36 33.3%
2022 22.19 30th 37 18.9%
2023 28.28 27th 38 28.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 37.63 21st 41 48.8%
2021 36.04 21st 36 41.7%
2022 28.19 24th 37 35.1%
2023 27.02 26th 38 31.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 28.81 24th 33 27.3%
2021 70.24 6th 27 77.8%
2022 26.09 28th 35 20.0%
2023 27.16 23rd 31 25.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 20.15 20th 24 16.7%
2021 17.57 17th 19 10.5%
2022 12.17 21st 22 4.5%
2023 22.11 23rd 27 14.8%
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Rank History for White students at Sussex Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.08 23rd 36 36.1%
2021 51.79 17th 34 50.0%
2022 35.66 22nd 33 33.3%
2023 30.19 25th 34 26.5%
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Data source: test scores: Delaware Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Delaware Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Sussex Central High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 585 167 12 3 9 n/a n/a 0 776
1989 594 150 0 4 14 n/a n/a 0 762
1990 527 140 13 5 11 n/a n/a 0 696
1991 566 135 9 12 8 n/a n/a 0 730
1992 652 218 7 12 8 n/a n/a 0 897
1993 661 198 15 12 6 n/a n/a 0 892
1994 564 215 16 20 18 n/a n/a 0 833
1995 653 216 13 37 11 n/a n/a 0 930
1996 653 216 13 37 11 n/a n/a 0 930
1997 689 246 14 38 10 n/a n/a 0 997
1998 745 251 14 46 6 n/a n/a 0 1062
1999 755 245 14 62 16 n/a n/a 0 1092
2000 750 247 11 59 15 n/a n/a 0 1082
2001 753 240 12 58 16 n/a n/a 0 1079
2002 775 270 14 95 11 n/a n/a 0 1165
2003 775 270 14 95 11 n/a n/a 0 1165
2004 728 251 12 108 9 n/a n/a 0 1108
2005 747 249 13 107 9 n/a n/a 0 1125
2006 773 268 23 128 9 n/a n/a 0 1201
2007 803 274 25 150 7 n/a n/a 0 1259
2008 828 262 28 144 6 n/a n/a 0 1268
2009 827 260 26 172 10 n/a n/a 0 1295
2010 821 263 20 205 7 n/a n/a 0 1316
2011 766 256 16 235 9 0 4 0 1286
2012 688 248 9 244 7 0 19 0 1215
2013 684 215 10 294 9 0 37 0 1249
2014 628 191 14 331 9 0 55 0 1228
2015 635 198 17 397 8 0 61 0 1316
2016 668 220 20 466 7 0 69 0 1450
2017 697 223 27 568 12 0 70 0 1597
2018 705 236 20 572 18 1 63 0 1615
2019 697 231 18 625 19 1 70 0 1661
2020 716 242 20 740 16 1 68 0 1803
2021 735 239 15 746 15 1 70 0 1821
2022 725 238 17 850 15 0 71 0 1916
2023 733 240 22 953 12 2 77 0 2039

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Sussex Central High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 776 43.7 17.7 15.5
1989 762 41.5 18.3 16.3
1990 696 41.5 16.7 18.1
1991 730 37.5 19.4 19.6
1992 897 47.0 19.0 16.8
1993 892 47.0 19.0 28.5
1994 833 44.0 18.9 24.2
1995 930 52.0 17.9 26
1996 930 52.0 17.9 26
1997 997 59.0 16.9 27.1
1998 1062 67.0 15.9 25.4
1999 1092 71.0 15.4 28.6
2000 1082 83.0 13.0 22.7
2001 1079 79.0 13.7 24.2
2002 1165 69.5 16.8 30.8
2003 1165 69.5 16.8 30.8
2004 1108 74.5 14.9 34.6
2005 1125 73.0 15.4 34.8
2006 1201 71.5 16.8 35.7
2007 1259 80.0 15.7 36.6
2008 1268 80.0 15.9 36.4
2009 1295 79.5 16.3 41.5
2010 1316 86.0 15.3 53.5
2011 1286 82.0 15.6 62.1
2012 1215 86.0 14.1 66.4
2013 1249 87.0 14.3 70.5
2014 1228 87.0 14.1 44.7
2015 1316 93.0 14.1 36.6
2016 1450 97.0 14.9 35.3
2017 1597 104.0 15.3 n/a
2018 1615 113.0 14.2 n/a
2019 1661 114.0 14.5 n/a
2020 1803 118.0 15.2 n/a
2021 1821 127.0 14.3 n/a
2022 1916 136.0 14.0 n/a
2023 2039 138.0 14.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Sussex Central High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 776 43.7 17.7 15.5
1989 762 41.5 18.3 16.3
1990 696 41.5 16.7 18.1
1991 730 37.5 19.4 19.6
1992 897 47.0 19.0 16.8
1993 892 47.0 19.0 28.5
1994 833 44.0 18.9 24.2
1995 930 52.0 17.9 26
1996 930 52.0 17.9 26
1997 997 59.0 16.9 27.1
1998 1062 67.0 15.9 25.4
1999 1092 71.0 15.4 28.6
2000 1082 83.0 13.0 22.7
2001 1079 79.0 13.7 24.2
2002 1165 69.5 16.8 30.8
2003 1165 69.5 16.8 30.8
2004 1108 74.5 14.9 34.6
2005 1125 73.0 15.4 34.8
2006 1201 71.5 16.8 35.7
2007 1259 80.0 15.7 36.6
2008 1268 80.0 15.9 36.4
2009 1295 79.5 16.3 41.5
2010 1316 86.0 15.3 53.5
2011 1286 82.0 15.6 62.1
2012 1215 86.0 14.1 66.4
2013 1249 87.0 14.3 70.5
2014 1228 87.0 14.1 44.7
2015 1316 93.0 14.1 36.6
2016 1450 97.0 14.9 35.3
2017 1597 104.0 15.3 n/a
2018 1615 113.0 14.2 n/a
2019 1661 114.0 14.5 n/a
2020 1803 118.0 15.2 n/a
2021 1821 127.0 14.3 n/a
2022 1916 136.0 14.0 n/a
2023 2039 138.0 14.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Sussex Central High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $627 (4.3%) $16,435 (112.7%) $14,583

Data source: Delaware Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Sussex Central High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 24th of 40 High schoolsRanks 25th of 39 High schools
 4.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Sussex Central High School)32.933.4
 0.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Indian River School District)40.939.3
 1.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)48.544.2
 4.3%
11th Grade Mathematics (Sussex Central High School)2224.3
 2.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Indian River School District)27.224.2
 3.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)28.322.9
 5.4%
11th Grade Essay (Sussex Central High School)38.726.4
 12.3%
   11th Grade Essay (Indian River School District)38.738
 0.7%
   11th Grade Essay (Delaware)42.941.5
 1.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students16612039
 22.8%
African American231240
 3.9%
American Indian1912
 36.8%
Asian1822
 22.2%
Hispanic625953
 52.5%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White697733
 5.2%
Two or More Races7077
 10%


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Sussex Central High School ranks 25th of 39 Delaware high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,039 students attended Sussex Central High School.

Students at Sussex Central High School are 47% Hispanic, 36% White, 12% African American, 4% Two or more races, 1% Asian.


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