Freire Charter School has a home in Wilmington

Charter school to occupy Wilmington Blue Cross space Yann Ranaivo, The News Journal

A Philadelphia-based charter school will operate its Wilmington campus out of a six-story building in the city’s downtown that is widely known as the former home of the local Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate.

Freire Charter School, which received approval from Delaware in April to open a Wilmington campus, will start classes at its newest location in August, a top school official said.

Freire’s Wilmington location, which overlooks the Brandywine and is located at 201 W. 14th St., will be a five-grade school that will enroll a total of 336 eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders during its first year.

The school will then add 112 juniors in its second year and another 112 seniors by its third year.

The charter school will probably take up about three floors its first year and later will occupy most of the space in the building, said Bill Porter, who will run the Wilmington campus.

“That is being worked out right now. Nothing is finalized yet,” Porter said. “It will be a larger space as the school grows.”

Porter didn’t say how parking arrangements for Freire employees will work but said the school will offer free DART bus passes to students, a move he expects will help control pickups and drop-offs.

He said he also expects students to use the DART stops at Rodney Square, which is well outside the neighborhood.

Interesting, no school buses! A few for Delaware schools!

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