The Indian River School District serves the towns of Bethany Beach, Dagsboro, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Gumboro, Millsboro, Millville, Ocean View, Selbyville, and South Bethany. Indian River’s elementary schools provide strong reading, writing, math, science, and social studies programs aligned with the state content standards.
Several elementary schools are “Blue Ribbon” schools, a national designation of excellence. Middle schools utilize the team-teaching concept and promote a child-centered academic environment with an accelerated math curriculum. High schools, including the brand new Indian River High School, offer a variety of career pathway programs that allow students to take a series of sequential courses in a chosen major.
Recently middle school students placed number one in the Odyssey of the Mind world competition and the high school’s Business Club placed in the top five in national competition. The Indian River School District has numerous award-winning special programs for students ranging in age from pre-school to high school. Active mentor and volunteer programs enable the entire community to participate in promoting excellence. Programs are offered for gifted and talented students, and comprehensive special education services are available to those who qualify. Students in all grades are also kept up-to-date on the latest computer technology.
The Quiet Resorts boast three public libraries, all part of the Sussex County library system. The Frankford Public Library was established in November 1931, originally housed in a small shop formerly used by a tinsmith, with $100 from the State of Delaware and only 28 books. Today the collection has grown to more than 5,000 books, and in the small town gathering place librarians know all the patrons by name. The recently expanded Selbyville Public Library is housed in a beautiful historic building and hosts a popular children’s art show each spring. The South Coastal Library in Bethany is the largest of the three and is slated for a major expansion and renovation in 2007.