Academics Overview

Preschool

Tower Tots
  • Age 3 by September 1
  • Class size follows NAEYC guidelines for student:teachers
  • School day is 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (5 half-day program); 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (5 full-day program)
  • Core curriculum – Literacy*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies, Art. Technology, Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum.
  • Specialized instruction - Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library
  • Classroom Enrichments: Feltboard Friday
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
  • Age 4 by September 1
  • Class size follows NAEYC guidelines for student:teachers; two lead teachers in each classroom
  • School day is 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (5 half-day program); 8 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. (5 full-day program)
  • Core curriculum – Literacy*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies, Art. Technology, Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum.
  • Specialized instruction - Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library, Cooking
  • Classroom Enrichments: Page Turners
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
  • Age 5 by September 1
  • Class size follows NAEYC guidelines for student:teachers; two lead teachers in each classroom
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • Core curriculum – Literacy*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies, Art. Technology, Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum.
  • Specialized instruction - Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Drama, Library, Cooking
  • Classroom Enrichments: Muscle Movement, Listening to Literature
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
* In addition to being covered in the classroom, these core curriculum subjects have added enrichment provided by a specialist teacher.

Lower School

  • Grades 1 - 4
  • Class sizes follow NAIS guidelines for student:teacher ratios
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • Core Curriculum – Reading*, Language Arts, Mathematics*, Social Studies. Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum
  • Specialized instruction - Science, Spanish, Visual Arts, Music, Technology, Library, Physical Education, Woodworking (Grade 3), Writer's Workshop, Chorus (Grades 3, 4), Band (optional for Grade 4)
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
* In addition to being covered in the classroom, these core curriculum subjects have added enrichment provided by a specialist teacher.

Middle School

Middle School
  • Grades 5 – 8; class sizes follow NAIS guidelines for student:teacher ratios
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.; 8:40 a.m. start on Thursdays; Grades 7 & 8 athletics until approximately 3:45 p.m.
  • Schedule – 6-day cycle with rotating times for classes 
  • Curriculum - English, Reading, Mathematics, History, Science, Language (Latin, French Or Spanish) Music, Art, Library, Computer And Physical Education. Drama, character education and service learning is incorporated into the academic curriculum
  • Full advisory program for the students 
  • Interscholastic sports for Grades 7 & 8
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m. for Grades 5 & 6
  • Optional Enrichment Programs after school open to all students in Grades 5 & 6
  • Optional Homework Club after sports every day for students in Grades 7 & 8

Upper School

  • Grades 9 – 12; class sizes follow NAIS guidelines for student:teacher ratios
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8:30 a.m. start on Thursdays; athletics begin at 3:30 p.m.
  • Schedule – 6-day cycle with rotating times for classes and extended periods for labs and innovative learning experiences
  • Advanced Courses offer preparation for AP exams in Biology, Calculus (AB, BC), Chemistry, French, History, Latin (Literature, Vergil), Music Theory, Physics, and Spanish
  • Student advisory system in addition to an extensive club and activity program
  • Required interscholastic athletic program

Founded in 1919, Tower Hill School is a private, college prep school in Wilmington, Delaware, serving students in preschool through Grade 12.
Tower Hill is regarded as one of the best private schools in the U.S. Many of Tower Hill's students attend top universities and colleges.


  • Tower Hill School
  • 2813 W. 17th Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19806
  • 302-575-0550