Sussex Technical High School

Summary:

Sussex Technical High School is a public high school located in Georgetown, Delaware, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,292 students. The school is part of the Woodbridge School District, which is ranked 13 out of 31 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Sussex Technical High School has consistently ranked among the top 20 high schools in Delaware, with rankings as high as 7th in 2018-2019 and 2017-2018. The school's performance on standardized tests is generally above the state average, particularly in science and social studies, with 29.25% of 10th-grade students being proficient or better in DeSSA/Science compared to the state average of 18.95%. However, the school's performance in SAT/English Language Arts and SAT/Mathematics has been below the state average in recent years, with only 37.33% and 14.73% of 11th-grade students, respectively, being proficient or better in 2022-2023. The school's diverse student population, with 52.94% White, 18.34% African American, and 22.68% Hispanic students, also shows varying academic performance across racial subgroups, with the school ranking 10th out of 31 Delaware high schools for African American students and 5th out of 27 for Hispanic students in SAT/English Language Arts and SAT/Mathematics, but 28th out of 34 for White students.

While Sussex Technical High School generally outperforms nearby schools like Milford Senior High School and Woodbridge High School in academic metrics and statewide rankings, it lags behind high-performing schools like Cape Henlopen High School and Delmar High School, which have consistently ranked in the top 10-20 high schools in Delaware. The school's strong performance for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ranking 5th out of 29 Delaware high schools in 2022-2023, is a positive indicator, but the school's declining performance over time and the need to address racial disparities are areas that warrant further attention and strategic planning.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 17099 County Seat Highway
       Georgetown, DE  19947-0351


(302) 856-0961

District: Sussex Technical School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
20th of 39 Delaware High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,289 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  14.5 Help
Number of students:  1,292

Racial breakdown:

White:
52.9%
Hispanic:
22.7%
African American:
18.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  19% Help


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Compare Details Sussex Technical High School ranks worse than 51.3% of high schools in Delaware. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 47.64. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Sussex Technical 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 Student population at Sussex Technical High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (52.9%), Hispanic (22.7%), African American (18.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sussex Technical High School is 14.5. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sussex Technical High School is $18,289.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sussex Technical High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sussex Technical High School 20th of 39 Delaware public high schools. (See Sussex Technical High School in the ranking list.)

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Sussex Technical School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Sussex Technical School District 13th of 31 Delaware school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sussex Technical High School

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Rank History for all students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2015 92.83 2nd 35 94.3%
2016 91.32 3rd 31 90.3%
2017 90.32 3rd 30 90.0%
2018 91.93 3rd 30 90.0%
2019 79.37 7th 40 82.5%
2021 55.77 15th 39 61.5%
2022 64.64 10th 39 74.4%
2023 47.64 20th 39 48.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 23.95 2nd 2 0.0%
2021 15.87 2nd 2 0.0%
2022 66.44 2nd 7 71.4%
2023 29.54 7th 8 12.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 96.04 3rd 29 89.7%
2021 60.15 8th 24 66.7%
2022 66.68 5th 28 82.1%
2023 71.58 5th 29 82.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 84.21 7th 41 82.9%
2021 47.46 16th 36 55.6%
2022 58.57 11th 37 70.3%
2023 36.91 21st 38 44.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 71.93 10th 41 75.6%
2021 53.84 15th 36 58.3%
2022 57.96 13th 37 64.9%
2023 47.61 18th 38 52.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 61.63 10th 33 69.7%
2021 39.54 17th 27 37.0%
2022 76.04 8th 35 77.1%
2023 45.28 10th 31 67.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 92.80 1st 24 95.8%
2021 40.77 12th 19 36.8%
2022 67.94 4th 22 81.8%
2023 76.25 5th 27 81.5%
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Rank History for White students at Sussex Technical High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools DE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 72.29 9th 36 75.0%
2021 48.06 19th 34 44.1%
2023 24.49 28th 34 17.6%
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Data source: test scores: Delaware Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Sussex Technical High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 19 20 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 41
1989 31 20 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 53
1990 30 23 1 1 1 n/a n/a 0 56
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 0
1992 381 108 1 13 6 n/a n/a 0 509
1993 545 165 2 17 4 n/a n/a 0 733
1994 725 202 1 20 6 n/a n/a 0 954
1995 803 242 1 15 10 n/a n/a 0 1071
1996 803 242 1 15 10 n/a n/a 0 1071
1997 854 247 2 17 11 n/a n/a 0 1131
1998 845 268 5 14 9 n/a n/a 0 1141
1999 870 270 6 24 8 n/a n/a 0 1178
2000 811 220 6 22 4 n/a n/a 0 1063
2001 885 226 12 30 5 n/a n/a 0 1158
2002 926 230 15 23 13 n/a n/a 0 1207
2003 926 230 15 23 13 n/a n/a 0 1207
2004 949 207 16 22 17 n/a n/a 0 1211
2005 950 206 13 29 17 n/a n/a 0 1215
2006 954 187 8 29 16 n/a n/a 0 1194
2007 964 192 10 44 17 n/a n/a 0 1227
2008 950 212 14 54 19 n/a n/a 0 1249
2009 933 221 20 61 16 n/a n/a 0 1251
2010 932 232 26 79 14 n/a n/a 0 1283
2011 940 218 31 91 14 1 0 0 1295
2012 921 235 28 111 13 1 0 0 1309
2013 964 242 35 146 15 3 4 0 1409
2014 1014 259 33 167 13 2 3 0 1491
2015 1027 276 28 191 11 2 10 0 1545
2016 987 200 27 171 11 2 46 0 1444
2017 917 174 24 165 6 0 58 0 1344
2018 823 163 26 165 5 1 65 0 1248
2019 804 156 28 169 12 2 69 0 1240
2020 760 181 21 182 11 3 83 0 1241
2021 713 198 16 215 9 2 86 0 1239
2022 725 234 14 251 14 2 66 0 1306
2023 684 237 10 293 8 2 58 0 1292

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 41 41.3 0.9 129.3
1989 53 41.0 1.2 79.2
1990 56 41.0 1.3 110.7
1991 0 26.0 0.0 n/a
1992 509 56.0 9.0 24.4
1993 733 62.0 11.8 19.6
1994 954 79.0 12.1 16.9
1995 1071 79.0 13.6 16.9
1996 1071 79.0 13.6 16.9
1997 1131 80.0 14.1 18.4
1998 1141 80.0 14.3 15.9
1999 1178 83.0 14.2 18.3
2000 1063 84.0 12.7 20.5
2001 1158 85.0 13.6 20.3
2002 1207 88.0 13.7 20.4
2003 1207 88.0 13.7 20.4
2004 1211 87.0 13.9 19.9
2005 1215 90.0 13.5 22.2
2006 1194 88.5 13.5 22.5
2007 1227 88.3 13.9 18.5
2008 1249 90.0 13.9 18.2
2009 1251 93.0 13.5 27.8
2010 1283 93.0 13.8 28.1
2011 1295 123.0 10.5 31.7
2012 1309 86.0 15.2 29.9
2013 1409 117.0 12.0 32.5
2014 1491 125.0 11.9 22.1
2015 1545 130.0 11.8 19.6
2016 1444 92.0 15.6 19
2017 1344 91.0 14.7 n/a
2018 1248 89.0 14.0 n/a
2019 1240 86.0 14.4 n/a
2020 1241 85.0 14.6 n/a
2021 1239 86.0 14.4 n/a
2022 1306 87.0 15.0 n/a
2023 1292 89.0 14.5 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 Technical High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 41 41.3 0.9 129.3
1989 53 41.0 1.2 79.2
1990 56 41.0 1.3 110.7
1991 0 26.0 0.0 n/a
1992 509 56.0 9.0 24.4
1993 733 62.0 11.8 19.6
1994 954 79.0 12.1 16.9
1995 1071 79.0 13.6 16.9
1996 1071 79.0 13.6 16.9
1997 1131 80.0 14.1 18.4
1998 1141 80.0 14.3 15.9
1999 1178 83.0 14.2 18.3
2000 1063 84.0 12.7 20.5
2001 1158 85.0 13.6 20.3
2002 1207 88.0 13.7 20.4
2003 1207 88.0 13.7 20.4
2004 1211 87.0 13.9 19.9
2005 1215 90.0 13.5 22.2
2006 1194 88.5 13.5 22.5
2007 1227 88.3 13.9 18.5
2008 1249 90.0 13.9 18.2
2009 1251 93.0 13.5 27.8
2010 1283 93.0 13.8 28.1
2011 1295 123.0 10.5 31.7
2012 1309 86.0 15.2 29.9
2013 1409 117.0 12.0 32.5
2014 1491 125.0 11.9 22.1
2015 1545 130.0 11.8 19.6
2016 1444 92.0 15.6 19
2017 1344 91.0 14.7 n/a
2018 1248 89.0 14.0 n/a
2019 1240 86.0 14.4 n/a
2020 1241 85.0 14.6 n/a
2021 1239 86.0 14.4 n/a
2022 1306 87.0 15.0 n/a
2023 1292 89.0 14.5 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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sussex Technical High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $490 (2.7%) $20,690 (113.1%) $18,289

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sussex Technical High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 7th of 40 High schoolsRanks 20th of 39 High schools
 33.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (Sussex Technical High School)64.837.3
 27.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Sussex Technical School District)64.837.3
 27.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Delaware)48.544.2
 4.3%
11th Grade Mathematics (Sussex Technical High School)4414.7
 29.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Sussex Technical School District)4414.7
 29.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Delaware)28.322.9
 5.4%
11th Grade Essay (Sussex Technical High School)58.429.8
 28.6%
   11th Grade Essay (Sussex Technical School District)58.429.8
 28.6%
   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 Students12401292
 4.2%
African American156237
 51.9%
American Indian128
 33.3%
Asian2810
 64.3%
Hispanic169293
 73.4%
Pacific Islander22
White804684
 14.9%
Two or More Races6958
 15.9%


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Students at Sussex Technical High School are 53% White, 23% Hispanic, 18% African American, 4% Two or more races.

Sussex Technical High School ranks 20th of 39 Delaware high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,292 students attended Sussex Technical High School.


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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.

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