Your child deserves the best education possible—and at Freire Wilmington, that’s our promise. As the #1 non-selective public charter high school in Delaware, Freire Wilmington is all about Graduation x2: graduation not just from high school, but also from college. Our proven model provides five years of challenging, college-preparatory academics that help guarantee our students’ success at Freire, in college, and beyond.
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Ready to Apply?
Applications for the 2023-2024 school year open on November 7. If you’re ready to become a Freire Dragon, please apply!
School Done Differently
Freire Wilmington was founded in 2014 to help students get into college. Six years later, the results are clear and compelling: 98% of Freire Wilmington’s Class of 2019 were accepted to at least one college or university. Already this year, our current seniors have been accepted to more than 200 colleges and universities. On top of that, Freire’s Class of 2019 raised over $6 million in scholarships and financial aid.
The Classes of 2020 and 2021 faced a unique set of challenges with COVID-19, and more students opted to take a gap year due to uncertainty about the pandemic’s impact on college. But, the Class of 2021 still made impressive strides toward their college goals, with 79% of graduates accepted to at least one college and more than $4.6 million earned collectively in scholarships and aid.
“My teachers at Freire made my dreams into possibilities for the future. They made me push myself forward and keep the mindset that I am needed, I am important, and it’s okay to be different.”Hannah, Grade 11
“You need to decide if you’re really willing to succeed in the future. If you want to get a head start on going to college, Freire’s a good place for that.”Victoria, Grade 9
“You need to be challenged early on so you can face challenges in the future and in college. It’s not like other schools. It’s not like you come to school, do your work, and get out. You come to school to be a part of the Freire family.”Joshua, Grade 12
“There’s no tolerance for bullying, no fighting. That was what made me realize this was the right school for me. We’re all a family, and you have a voice here. If you tell a teacher something is going on, they’ll help you.”Spirit, Grade 10
Is There a Uniform?
Freire Wilmington is a school where it’s safe to be yourself, and where students’ diversity and individuality is celebrated. That means that although students adhere to a standard dress code, there is no required uniform for Freire Wilmington students.
Why Start with 8th Grade?
Leaving middle school can be hard, but an extra year of college-preparatory academics can make the difference between getting into a college that’s “good enough”—or truly thriving at the great college you deserve. Plus, starting 8th grade at Freire means joining a community of motivated, high-achieving peers to learn and grow together for the next five years.
8th grade is a critical year to start a college-preparatory education. Why wait another year to find the right school?
Does Freire Wilmington charge tuition?
No. Freire Schools are tuition-free public schools, and there is no cost to attend.
How to Apply
Download and Print an Application
Print an application, then mail or fax your completed application to the school.
Visit Freire Wilmington to deliver a completed application or complete an application form at the school. See the map below for Freire Wilmington’s location.
For families new to DE – and who are not currently registered for a school in DE – please visit this page to register your student, starting on October 1, 2022.