Find out what new changes are happening at Appoquinimink schools, MOT Charter, and St. Georges Tech.

It’s back-to-school time, and exciting changes and improvements await students and parents of Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area educational institutions. Here are the biggest differences:


1. Townsend Elementary Re-Opens.

The historic, 82-year-old school is being re-opened after a massive renovation process that has transformed the interior into a state-of-the-art learning facility. The district will hold a grand opening ceremony Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.

2. iPads for all sixth-graders.

Keeping up with technology is an important priority for the Appoquinimink School District. This school year, iPads will be assigned to sixth graders to take home to assist in their learning. The initiative has been more than a year in the making.

3. Spanish enrichment program for first to fifth graders.

Students in grades first to fifth will now be able to take Spanish language classes. The district believes that early introduction of the Spanish language will help students become better Spanish-learners in middle and high school. Olé!

*Note: Appoquinimink School District students will also take the Smarter Balanced Assessment this school year, like students at MOT Charter School and St. Georges Technical High School.


1. New MOT Charter High School.

MOT Charter will be launching its new high school this year. The inaugural freshmen class began classes on Aug. 20 in the state-of-the-art modular building situated behind the current K-8 building.

2. Smarter Balanced Assessment.

This year marks the first year that Delaware public school students, including MOT Charter School students, will take the Smarter Balanced national assessment in math and reading. The school and students have been preparing for the change and are ready.

3. Increased enrollment

Growth in Middletown also means more students. MOT Charter is adding 100 new families to the school community. In addition to serving students from 35 different middle schools, the high school will host five foreign exchange students.


1. Smarter Balanced Assessment.

St. Georges 11th grade students will take the test this coming spring. School officials say they have worked very hard to revise curriculum and update its assessments to align with this new test and with the Common Core State Standards.

2. Continue building on past successes.

St. Georges will continue to create winners. Last year students at St. Georges won awards in state career and technical student organization competitions. This spring and summer, 26 students traveled and competed in national competitions in different locations around the country.

3. Events meant to impress.

St. Georges will host its business partners to allow them the opportunity to see the facilities and students in action in the career areas those partners support. The school will be hosting its second “How To Day,” first piloted this past April for members of the community to experience a day in the life of a St. Georges student.