Best 10 Schools in Rehoboth Beach

People move to Rehoboth Beach for many reasons. Some come for the beaches, others come for the low taxes, still more come to enjoy one of the most eclectic small-town restaurant scenes in the mid-Atlantic.

Not many relocate to Rehoboth Beach specifically for the schools. But young families who make their homes at the Delaware beaches are often surprised by the quality of schools within a short drive of the region's most popular beach resort.

While it's true that Rehoboth Beach and nearby coastal communities don't offer much in the way of colleges and universities, there are quality choices that are just a short drive away.

We'll talk more about colleges and universities that are close to Rehoboth Beach a bit later in this blog. But first, let's talk about many of the area's best high school and private institutions.

You might be surprised at some of the quality educational choices that are near Delaware's favorite coastal resort of Rehoboth Beach.

Let's take a look at area schools that are most highly ranked by various educational and other organizations.

Southern Delaware School of the Arts

One of the highest academically performing schools near Rehoboth Beach has consistently been the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA). This magnet school located in Selbyville, just a few miles from Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island is housed in the same building as the Indian River School District offices.

The school fills two classes in each grade every year and consistently has a waiting list for new students who want to attend the school. There are fewer than 500 students who attend SDSA, but they almost always rank at the top of both math and reading levels in Delaware.

It's the only public school in southern Delaware that weaves academics and arts together. It was founded as a maget school in 1998.

The mission of SDSA is to facilitate student learning and achievement through the arts.

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Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences

The mission of Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences is to prepare middle school students for the future by providing excellence in education within a small school environment. 

Students at Sussex Academy follow an accelerated curriculum that meets or exceeds state standards. Students and teachers are involved in both school-wide and team learning expeditions to promote self-discovery and construct knowledge. 

Sussex Academy is located on Route 9 just east of Georgetown in the building that was built years ago for Delmarva Christian High School.

Students at Sussex Acadamy also consistently rank among Delaware's best in reading and math.

The school schedule at Sussex Academy is built around large flexible blocks of time. Students keep portfolios of their work and assessment is continuously ongoing.

Worcester Preparatory School

Another highly performing school near the beaches is actually located over the Delaware state line in Berlin, Maryland. A short drive inland from Ocean City, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) hosts students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and is highly sought after.

Around 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia attend WPS every year with the school earning a reputation as an academic leader on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The school was founded in 1970 and features a combination of academic excellence and personal encouragement. It also boasts a vibrant arts program and a wide range of athletic programs.

WPS is located in downtown Berlin, between Ocean City and Salisbury.

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Sussex Technical High School

Built in 1961, Sussex Tech started as the Sussex Vocational Technical High School. Located just west of Georgetown, the school was built for students in the county to receive career training and prepare them for entering the workforce after high school.

In the early 1990s, the school changed into an academic and technical school. The school continued to grow and Sussex Tech now has a number of technical areas that students can choose from.

The mission of Sussex Technical High School is to provide an individually oriented academic education, which builds a sense of pride, success, and self-esteem through excellence. 

The school has been named a U.S. Department of Education National School of Excellence and was once selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a "New American High School."

Cape Henlopen High School

The first traditional public high school on our list is Cape Henlopen, located on Kings Highway in Lewes. The school hosts students from Rehoboth Beach and throughout the Delaware beaches.

Cape Henlopen High School is housed in a beautiful new building near downtown Lewes and is the largest school in the district that bears its name.

The school features a variety of sports programs, clubs, performing arts options, and other choices designed to appeal to an eclectic student body.

Barring school choice options, Cape Henlopen is the public high school for the coastal Delaware towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Milton.

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Delmarva Christian High School

The region's largest Christian school is located west of Rehoboth Beach in the Sussex County Seat of Georgetown. The school and its sports teams are adorned in the color of purple with enrollment fluctuating from year to year.

Delmarva Christian High School includes students in grades 9 through 12 with an emphasis on Christian learning and education.

The classically-oriented curriculum is taught at the college preparatory level offering advanced placement courses in chemistry, calculus, European history and English literature. Academic support is provided through after-school academic coaching and special needs support.

Delmarva Christian’s students also spend a good amount of time in service to their communities, as well as helping people in need in other areas of the United States.

Stephen Decatur High School

This is the largest of Worcester County's three high schools and is located less than 10 miles west of busting Ocean City, Maryland, in the city of Berlin.

This is the public high school for students in both Berlin and Ocean City and houses nearly 1,500 students in grades 9 through 12.

Stephen Decatur students enjoy several options in the fine arts, including in areas like music, theatre and the visual arts. Other options include one of the region's best cadet programs and a wide range of popular sports programs.

Stephen Decatur High School, home of the Seahawks, is located just off Route 50 and is an easy drive from Ocean City.

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Indian River High School

Located in Dagsboro, Indian River High School is the second largest high school in the Indian River School District, after Sussex Central.

Hosting students in grades 9 through 12 from communities that include Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and more, Indian River High School features a large amount of academic, athletic and arts programs.

The school has been known for several years for having an outstanding music program and marching band. The school's colors are green and gold and athletic teams play in the southern division of the Henlopen Conference.

Sussex Central High School

Sussex Central High School is located on 159 acres across from the Stockley Center in Millsboro and is one of the largest high schools in southern Delaware.

One of the gems of the school is its Take II Drama Club, which has been recognized as one of the top theater clubs in the country by the American High School Theater Festival. 

A pathways curriculum requires Sussex Central students to take a series of sequential courses each year in a chosen major. This program gives students an opportunity to explore various career fields and focus on their future goals. 

A number of advanced placement courses are also available for high-achieving students. Many courses are offered through a partnership with neighboring Delaware Technical Community College.

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Howard T. Ennis School

The Howard T. Ennis School is a special facility in Georgetown for students with moderate to severe mental disabilities. The school’s main goal is to allow students to become independent.

If you have a child with developmental disabilities, Howard T. Ennis School is one of the best options near Rehoboth Beach.

Howard T. Ennis educational services are provided to all students (preschool through 21 years old) with significant disabilities within the Indian River School District and sending districts that demonstrate a need for highly specialized educational support.  

The school strives to provide its students and/or families with a wide spectrum of services to include individualized special instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hydra-therapy, music therapy, specialized vision and hearing services and nursing services.

Colleges and Universities

Higher learning in Rehoboth Beach means at least a short drive to colleges and universities that are near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

There are schools nearby that provide degrees in many different majors, but they aren't located within the actual confines of Rehoboth Beach or Ocean City, Maryland.

But most of the five on our short list can be reached in roughly a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Rehoboth Beach.

A quick look at these five institutues of higher learning near the beaches.

  • Delaware Technical Community College. Located in Georgetown, Delaware. Learn more by calling 302-857-1000 or by visiting
  • Delaware State University. Located in Dover, Delaware. Learn more by calling 302-857-6060 or by visiting
  • Wor-Wic Community College. Located in Salisbury, Maryland. Learn more by calling 410-334-2800 or by visiting
  • Salisbury University. Located in Salisbury, Maryland. Learn more by calling 410-543-6000 or by visiting
  • The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Located in Princess Anne, Maryland. Learn more by calling 410-651-7747 or by visiting

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