Red Clay’s Dickinson High School feeder map is a bit flawed and deceptive. The “Dickinson” feeder map label notes A.I. duPont High School across Hoopes Reservoir. Were as the “A.I. duPont” High School feeder map puts notation closer to A.I’s actual location, 50 Hillside Road Wilmington Delaware 19807. There is a segment of the Dickinson feeder map way over near Stadium Park, Baynard Blvd and West Market whereas in actuality this area is closer to A.I. duPont High School.
The intent of the Neighborhood Schools Act was to insure students would attend the school closest to their home. Red Clay cried foul because if they were to assign students to the closest school those schools would be severely overcrowded. The Delaware State Board of Education approved Red Clay NSA plan based on choice. However, all students would be assigned to a feeder pattern but with choice as an option. Red Clay will take the position that making changes to feeder assignments would fuel resegregation concerns. That analogy would be bogus because Red Clay has been adding schools in the suburbs accommodating white families. Even the conversion of Conrad Middle School to an “all choice in” 6-12 magnet school reassigned Wilmington students to schools further from their home. At best Red Clay could have made it “choice out” for those 6-8 grades feeder pattern reassigned. It’s the high school component of Conrad that was the intended magnet school. Currently Conrad’s 8th grade students must complete a choice application to attend the high school component.
A.I. duPont High School has become a popular choice high school so much the district with support of the voters / taxpayers voted to add an addition onto AIHS. The fact remains, once AIHS accommodates AIHS feeder students there would be seat open and that’s “without” the new addition. The reality is, the additon being built is to accommodate out of feeder students and siblings.
My point is, why is Red Clay busing Wilmington students located near Stadium Park, Baynard Blvd and West Market to Dickinison when A.I. duPont High School is closer? At best Red Clay should be giving those Red Clay disenfranchised students first choice without question. Again the feeder map presented to the Dickinson feeder families makes it appear A.I.H.S is further west and on the other-side of Hoopes Reservoir but yet for A.I.H.S feeder families their map put A.I.H.S closer to where it’s actually located.
Dickison High School Feeder Map
A.I. DuPont High School Feeder Map
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