Priority schools are one way officials have tried to improve education. Warner Elementary School is still having a hard time reversing years of subpar academic performance, but the school has made notable progress in another arena.
For years, turning under performing schools around has been a big state initiative. Another is language immersion. For six years, bilingual education has been offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade in dozens of Delaware schools. Today, 1,000 of those kids are learning Chinese.
Classroom learning is only one part of the educational experience. Sometimes life experiences are a factor too. At Smyrna High School, star athlete Will Knight exemplifies that point. We were first introduced to Will on the football field as Smyrna was going for its third consecutive state title. His exploits on the field and his hardships off the field led us to profile this humble young man.
First Experience: Baltz Elementary
We wrap up our program with a First Experience featuring a group of 5th graders at Baltz Elementary School in Wilmington. One of the goals of the project was to teach the kids that there is more to making art than just drawing pictures. The first step was for the kids was to choose their favorite animal as inspiration.