Expansion of Programs at St. E

St. E continues to expand programs at all levels! A forward thinking collaboration within the school has enriched performing arts programs, service opportunities, and academic offerings.
The sight of St. Elizabeth School from the I-95 crossover reminds us that our school is built not just on a high hill but also on a rich legacy of community engagement and excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. While the day-to-day challenges of the pandemic kept us steadfast and committed to the safety of students and the learning environment, the school continued its forward motion with the expansion of programs at all levels and of the population in early childhood education. A forward thinking collaboration within the school
has enriched performing arts programs, service opportunities, and academic offerings.
On the high school level, two very exciting academic initiatives attract students: the expansion of elective courses and the implementation of dual enrollment courses with the University of Delaware, for which there is no additional cost. The administration introduced an expanded array of elective courses, both yearlong and semester length, including French, photography, digital storytelling, film studies, leadership, strength and conditioning, public speaking, cyber security and mobile app development. The traditional College Board Advanced Placement courses continue to be available to students as well. Importantly, student voice and student choice play a valuable role in the development of a contemporary curriculum that responds to higher education expectations as well as future career opportunities.
In partnership with the University of Delaware, St. E students enrolled in the Early College Credit Program this fall semester and completed three credit hours in courses such as Introduction to Women’s Studies, Media and Society, and Media/Design/Culture. Approximately 18% of the senior class took full credit classes through UD in addition to their St. E courses, and Viking interest is high for the second semester UD offerings of Visual Culture, Concepts of the Universe, and Food for Thought. Due to the popularity of these academic offerings, the administration is exploring the addition of a course catalog from Wilmington University.

The Viking Performance Pathway (VPP) concentrates on enhancing the academic achievement of all students in the elementary and junior high schools. While there is significant focus on providing additional resources and opportunities for mathematics, the main goal is to increase engagement and enrichment across all academic areas as part of a school-wide enrichment model (SEM). Additional instructional time for mathematics is added to the weekly schedule for all students in K through 8th grades. This intentional focus on math provides math enrichment periods in grades K-6, an additional math class for 5th and 6th grades, and a STEM class for 7th and 8th grades with emphasis on problem solving and math and scientific procedural skills in order to solve real world problems/scenarios. As the VPP has evolved, the areas of emphasis include adaptive learning programs that promote personalized learning and Renaissance Star Assessments to identify areas of improvement and strength to guide instruction. The VPP has also incorporated Math Olympiad (grades 4 - 6) and Crazy 8s (grades 1- 2) to enhance student engagement in mathematics. Additional enrichment clusters (mixed grade levels) promote collaborative work among students on projects of mutual interest such as culinary exploration, carpentry, and travel. The student cohorts, led by faculty and staff members, produce a product or service for an authentic audience after a series of consecutive weeks of work.

Accomplishment Spotlight on Academics, Performing Arts and Service
  • Two seniors, Tristen Hudson and Ariane Simbulan, achieved recognition as National Merit Commended Students
  • High School students participate in dual enrollment courses with the University of Delaware along with the traditional Advanced Placement Courses of the College Board
  • Felicia Vitelli, a current sophomore, was recently selected for the Delaware All State Senior Mixed Choir and in March 2021 was one of five recipients of the Delaware Theatre Company Young Playwright Award
  • St. Elizabeth Elementary School received Anthony Penna Charitable Fund Performing Arts Grants to produce Aladdin (2019) and The Lion King (2020)
  • The Cedar Street Players presented Ash Girl as their fall production and plan to offer Anything Goes in spring 2022
  • The Viking Performance Pathway (K-8), a unique St. Elizabeth academic enrichment program, provides personalized focus on mathematics and reading, and enrichment clusters of student choice and student voice
  • St. E High School Students in Action once again achieved recognition as a Top 10 School in the Nation in the Multiplying Good Jefferson Awards
  • Volunteer Delaware recognized Mr. Jordan Ashby ’01, high school science teacher, as a Hidden Hero in their Global Volunteer series
  • St. E Elementary Sixth Grade Class achieved 3rd place among Delaware schools in the 2020-21 Vocabulary.com Competition. Alexis Testerman ’27 earned special distinction with enough points to rank FIRST in the world among all vocabulary.com participants
  • St. E High School Mock Trial Team finished in the Top 5 in the State of Delaware for the 4th consecutive year
  • The Annual PINK OUT Fundraiser raised $4000 for the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Pancreatic Research
Learn more about our additional programs at our Open House for grades Pre-K3 - 8th later this month!
Sunday, January 30th from 10am-1pm
Monday, January 31st from 5-7pm
Wednesday, February 2nd from 8:30-10:30am