Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School

170 Lukens Dr, New Castle, DE 19720 | (302) 472-0794
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 619
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2 out of 5 | 8 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
  • Enrolls 619 high school students from grades 9-12
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 170 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE 19720
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
    All students of this school are eligible for participation in authorized programs.
  • Charter School
School District Details

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 619
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 34.0
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 18.2
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 320 (51.7%)
  • Females: 299 (48.3%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: - (-)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 114 (18.4%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 114 (18.4%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian61.0%
Black26943.5%
Asian6310.2%
Hispanic467.4%
White23538.0%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School
  Number Percent
9th Grade16727.0%
10th Grade16326.3%
11th Grade13021.0%
12th Grade15925.7%
Source: DE Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 2

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2 out of 5 | 8 Reviews
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8 reviews for Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School

  • Reviewed by Former Student on May 21, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • there were incidents where English test questions were taken straight off of (...). That is unacceptable and I'm pretty sure it will not help the students. Also, I'm sure the school is having trouble financially due to the fact that they seem to spend their money on unnecessary supplies such as EXPENSIVE SMART BOARDS. From what I have seen, most of the teachers are not even 100% sure how to operate or use them! There have been instances where the teacher will just give up and begin to use them as whiteboards. It kills the whole point of purchasing them. Following up, I'm sure it's just a way they attract new students who don't know how bad this school actually was. My experience was not good and I should have chosen another school after seeing a giant hole in the wall on my first day. Pencader is both disorganized and the management is wrong. Obviously, the classes are way too easy and when students are challenged with tests such as the DSTP and SATs, they perform below average. It's unbelievable and I strongly advise other students to cross this school off their list of schools they are considering. To sum it up altogether, I agree with one of these reviews: Don't believe the hype. Agreed. Don't just go with the school because it's a charter school or because it's free. What's free isn't always good.
  • Reviewed by Teacher on March 21, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Sad to say that this school is still disorganized. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE. They changed administration and it is still no better. The current (...) has turned the staff against each other and the kids feel it. What a wasted year for the students! They know how to cover things up. Don't believe the hype.
  • Reviewed by Parent or Guardian on March 10, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This school is horrible please dont make my mistake and send your kids there!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 03, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • There is a rumor out that this school is going to be taken over by the state soon. The test scores have dropped, and the enrollment is dropping as well. I know a two students with criminal records who are being admitted as upperclassmen. What happened to being selective? This reeks of desperation.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on February 07, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The school is very disorganized. The students are out of control. Teachers do not challenge the students. Parents are not interested in getting involved. Extremely poor parent participation at all Pencader events!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on January 09, 2010
  • Rating: 3 (3 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The teachers here do an outstanding job, but the administration needs work. They'll make you go out and spend a ton of money on uniforms and then they'll change up the rules a few months later. Then you'll have to go out and spend even more. If you've got that kind of money, I guess it won't matter much to you. If you don't, your kids will be the ones stuck in detention for something as miniscule as wearing the wrong type of belt. There are too many unwritten rules at this school, and warnings are rare. It's sad to think that a school's administration can make a teenager feel like a common criminal.

    Other than that, the teachers genuinely care for their students and it shows.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on April 24, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This school has really turned around! Great School. Wonderful Opportunities! They seem to have weeded out most of the trouble makers. The honors classes are challenging, the teachers are always available to help!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on September 20, 2008
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This school has some serious problems!

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