Buildings & Grounds

On April 5, 2001, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington announced the names of the two new regional schools to be constructed in the diocese; Christ the Teacher Catholic School in Glasgow, DE, and Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Ocean Pines, MD.  The cost of construction of these schools was included in the diocesan $50 million “Bringing the Vision to Life” Capital Stewardship Campaign.

Christ the Teacher Catholic School is the first building of the planned Diocesan complex at the Frazer Road campus that include Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, and sport fields  as well as future development of a parish social hall.  The ground breaking took place on June 12, 2001.  The architectural firm, Buck Simpers Architect and Associates, Inc., designed the building.  EDiS was the construction manager.  The decision to build an elementary school, the first in the diocese in forty years, was based, in part, on the results of a study conducted by Neal Meitler Associates completed in July 1998.  The construction approved by Bishop Michael Saltarelli, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, which began in July 2001, was also in response to the growing Catholic community in the Bear/Glasgow portion of New Castle County and serves four parishes from Newark to Middletown.    Built on 35 acres of land, the campus plan is developed on a north/south axis with St. Margaret of Scotland Church as the focus on the highest part of the site.  The 68,000 square foot school building is set on the east side and set back from the traffic of Frazer Road and Route 40.

The campus is designed to provide maximum flexibility for multiple uses by the school population, the parish, and the local community.  The gym and cafeteria are designed to act as one large auditorium for large school functions or independently for smaller functions.  The school building is a two-story brick, U-shaped facility that includes spacious classrooms, a cafeteria and a well-equipped kitchen, a gym, office area, computer lab, science lab, music room, library, and preschool.  Structural provisions have been set to allow for the construction of additional classrooms as the need arises.  Buildings and surroundings are maintained with a foremost concern for student health, safety, and aesthetic beauty.  Our school has easy access to law enforcement authorities and fire department assistance.  In effect, this cluster design creates three schools within one school.  The structure is designed to enroll a total of over 600 students from preschool to grade 8.

On June 28, 2001, Most Reverend Michael Saltarelli appointed Sister LaVerne King, RSM, as the first principal.  The appointment was effective on July 1, 2001.

From July 1, 2001, until the fall of 2002 energy was placed in the tasks of construction, hiring faculty and staff, registering the first students, purchasing furniture, reviewing and obtaining books and materials.  For a year before the school officially opened in the fall of 2002, the school office operated in a small building on the property of Holy Family Parish.

Christ the Teacher School opened on September 3, 2002.  There were two classes of each grade from kindergarten to fifth grade and one class of grade 6.  The average class size was 32 students.  Grades kindergarten through five had children on the waiting list.  The second year a three-year-old preschool and seventh grade class were added.  In the third year the four-year-old preschool and one eighth grade were added.  In September 2005 a second eighth grade was added completing the planned enrollment.  The preschool has 15 children in a class.  Kindergarten to grade eight has a maximum enrollment of 32 students per room.  The students come mainly from the Newark, Bear, and Middletown areas of Delaware.  A few students come from other areas (New Castle, Hockessin, Wilmington, Townsend, DE and Warwick, Elkton, Northeast, Chesapeake City, MD.)

The classrooms are arranged by individual teachers to accommodate various learning/teaching styles. Our building is multifunctional. It provides space for accommodating the faith, educational and social needs of the parish of Saint Margaret of Scotland as well as other local community needs. Our spacious grounds accommodate our gym classes and Catholic Youth Ministry intramural sports activities and a playground built of recycled milk bottle and recycled rubber tires. The surrounding wetlands are being developed to enable their use as an outdoor science classroom.

The religious, academic and extra-curricular programs reflect the care and quality that has historically been associated with Catholic education.  Well-qualified teachers assist parents, who are the primary educators of their children, in religious and academic teaching.

The Sisters of Mercy and a lay faculty and staff comprise the personnel of the school.  The lay faculty lives in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  The pastors of the four sponsoring parishes (Holy Family, Newark, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bear, St. Joseph, Middletown and St. Margaret of Scotland, Glasgow) also participate in the school providing faith experiences and guidance.  One pastor fulfills the role of Canonical Administrator offering pastoral advice in specific areas and collaborating with the school administration, the other pastors and the diocese.  The school functions under the guidance of an Advisory Board.  The faculty/staff includes not only classroom teachers but also teachers for gym, art, music, Spanish, computer, library, resource teachers (who teach accelerated students), teacher aides, office staff, maintenance, and cafeteria personnel.

Future plans include the construction of a double court gym and a preschool.