Grade Level Centers

grade level centers

Our community looks very different today than it did 40 years ago. It's time for our elementary schools to adapt to the changing needs of our students and our community. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year our elementary students will attend a school based on their grade level, rather than their home address. 

For Grade Level Center news for 2018-19 please watch our District News feed on the home page.

Holmes elementary

Holmes Elementary - Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade
Address:  1350 W Truesdell St
Phone:  937-382-2750
Principal:  Karen Long
Assistant Principal:  Heather Davis
Secretary:  Angela Dallas

denver elementary

Denver Elementary:  3rd and 4th grade, and our K-5 MH Unit
Address: 291 Lorish Ave
Phone: 937-382-2380
Principal:  Cortney Karshner-Rethmel
Assistant Principal: Heather Davis
Secretary:  Barbara Singleton

east end

East End Elementary - Preschool and 5th grade
Address: 769 Rombach Ave
Phone:  937-382-2443
Principal:  Jen Martin
Secretary:  Nikki Roe

Elementary School Day 2018-19

We know you have lots of questions about how the school day will look in 2018-19 for your elementary child(ren). Here are a few things that might help your family prepare for the new school year:

Instructional Day

9:15am to 3:30pm

East End Preschool Hours:
AM Session - 9:05 to 11:50
PM Session - 1:00 to 3:45

Arrival: If parents drop-off or students walk to the school they attend

Arrive between 8:40 and 9:10am

Arrival: If students walk to neighborhood school to catch a bus to their grade level center

Arrive at 8:35am to catch the bus to the correct grade level center


Between 3:30 and 3:55pm

Our Arrival/Dismissal Placard System  page has detailed information on our new arrival and dismissal procedures for the elementery buildings.


We know you might have transportation questions. Here are a few basics:

  • Elementary siblings at the same house will ride the same bus together (unless handicap accessible transportation is needed). The buses will all rotate buildings in the morning to drop students off at the correct grade level center.
  • Students in any elementary walk-zone will walk to their neighborhood school (8:35am) and catch a bus for a short ride to their grade level center.
  • Students who live in the walk zone school they will be attending simply walk to school as usual, arriving between 8:40 and 9:10am
  • A Transportation letter, bus routes/times, and more details regarding arrival and dismissal will be released around the first of August.

Check our helpful infographic with your child(ren) for more information and a few examples. Transportation 2018-19 Infographic

What are Grade Level Centers and why make this change?

What is a Grade Level Center?  In the past, our elementary buildings were populated by geographic area. A Grade Level Center (GLC) is populated according to student grade level.  There are a number of compelling educational benefits that can be realized through this type of structure:

Allows for increased collaboration with grade level teachers

  • Experts on grade level together for collaboration and team mentoring

  • Focus on grade level expectations

  • All grade level teachers focused on standards and consistent assessment measures

  • Collaboration with all grade level teachers for project based learning, sharing innovative ideas and best teaching strategies

Builds student community

  • Students connect with all students in grade level bands throughout school

  • All students identify collectively as a Wilmington Student

  • Students have increased opportunity to connect who share their interests

  • Students are connected together prior to the crucial middle school developmental age

Maximizes our resources

  • Provides the ability to balance class sizes among all grade levels

  • Allows us to focus curriculum resources, learning equipment, teaching materials to be shared and distributed among all grade level teams

Utilizes grade level experts

  • Teachers, Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Psychologists, Administrators, Coaches, Title Teacher

  • Each building allows the staff to be focused on the particular learning, and social/emotional needs of that particular grade level bands.  (moved from 2-3 levels instead of 6)

Provides equity and access

  • Eliminates any perceived stigma or labels to a particular Elementary Building

  • When living arrangements and child care needs change, it allows the student to remain in the same building (family moves, foster care placements, changes in babysitters, homeless families, etc)

Ultimately, the goal is to improve the educational experience for all our students and to increase learning and achievement. It's about more than improving our State Report Card, it's about actively seeking ways to provide a superior education for each and every child in our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parents and community members are encouraged to take a few minutes and read through our FAQs. If you still have questions please reach out to any of our elementary principals.