School Snapshot

Kuumba Academy is a school with a heart, serving students in Wilmington Delaware, from predominantly low-income families.


Kuumba Academy Charter School’s mission is to provide an innovative learning environment for the whole child from kindergarten through eighth grade. Our directors, staff, and families share the core belief that parents are children’s primary educators. KACS parents, in partnership with teachers and administrators, believe that every child can maximize his or her learning potential given the opportunity to do so.


"Kuumba Academy Charter School (KACS) is a school with high expectations for students both academically and behaviorally. The teachers and staff believe that every child can succeed. They also do a fantastic job of making KACS a positive, caring, and fun place to be."

- Nicole Lancellotti, Second-Grade General Education Teacher at KACS

At a Glance

Head of School: Sally Maldonado
Principal: Ayanna Johnson
Number of Homeroom Teachers: 14
Grades: K–8
Enrollment: 744 students
School Hours: 8:00a.m.–3:30p.m.
After Care: 3:45p.m.–6:00p.m.
Founded: 1999


Older Girls on Park Bench.jpg
We Provide...

Rigorous School Year Curriculum

6-Week Summer Program

After School Program



Various Social Services

Dance Ensemble .jpg
Learning Philosophies

Arts Integration

Expeditionary Learning

Family Engagement

Community Involvement

Nurturing Individual Learning Styles

Computers & Technology

SMART Boards and computers in all classrooms; computerized MAP testing to monitor progress and tailor instruction three times a year; iPads for students in grades four and five.

Student Demographics

African American: 91.1%
American Indian: .9%
Hawaiian: .1%
Hispanic/Latino: 7.3%
White: .5%
From Low-Income Households: 84.7%



Environment: Innovative, arts-integrated learning with small class sizes

School Hours: 8:00a.m.–3:30p.m  

After Care:  3:45p.m.–6:00p.m.

Uniforms: Yes


Academic Focus

Academic Focus: KACS students learn problem-solving, critical thinking, and number sense through an Expeditionary Learning (EL) model, which organizes student learning around a project-based, learning-by-doing approach.