Cab Calloway School of the Arts

A college preparatory creative and performing arts magnet school for students in grades 6-12 in the Red Clay Consolidated School District (

Cab aims to create an environment where students thrive artistically, academically, and personally through a rigorous curriculum and affirming atmosphere. Located at the Wilmington High School campus, students major in dance, visual arts, theater, music, writing and digital media.

This year, Cab and its math and science neighbor, the Charter School of Wilmington, synchronized schedules to facilitate cross-registration. The collaboration extends to beyond the classroom, with cross-participation in band, sports and more. There is no academic test for admission—it is based entirely on portfolio or audition, yet Cab ranks second only to Charter among Delaware public high schools.

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Students choose Cab because they get to do what they’re passionate about, says principal Julie Rumschlag. They thrive because they can be themselves and because teachers integrate arts into academics. “Studies show that students engaged in creative ventures do better academically,” she says. “We capitalize on that.”

The numbers agree: in statewide student testing, Cab ranks first overall among public schools (charters excluded). It ranks third overall in percentage of students meeting proficiency standards (84 percent in math, 90 percent in reading).

Graduates attend top colleges and universities like George Washington University, American, Boston, Drexel, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt, Boston Conservatory, Parsons, and University of the Arts.

Did you know: Cab alumni include a college starting running back, interns at the White House and Nickelodeon, a city council member, Broadway producers, and U.S. Air Force Academy cadets.

School honors: second in state among public schools (based on Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System test) Nationally: 32nd by Magnet Schools of America, 132nd by U.S. News & World Report, 257th by Newsweek, and 626th by Washington Post High School Challenge. Technology Student Association Team ranked first nationally, Finance Challenge Team fifth place nationally, Business Professionals of America Team first place nationally.

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Teacher honors: 2011 Delaware State Teacher of the Year, 2010 and 2012 Delaware U.S. History Teacher of the Year, 2012 Delaware Art Educator of the Year. Teachers with PhD.s: four.

Alumni careers and accomplishments: International model U.N. participant in Serbia, Summa Cum-Laude with BFA in acting from Marymount Manhattan College, law degree, principal (at age 26), CIA agent, Baltimore Ballet Company member, American Globe Theatre actor, television appearances on “The Next Big Thing,” “Your Momma Can’t Dance,” and MTV’s “MADE,” Broadway executive producer, founder of graphic design company, Los Angeles independent film producer, Newark City Council member, toured with Yuval Ron Ensemble, numerous National Scholastic Art and Writing winners, starting running back at University of Maryland, multiple U.S. Air Force Academy cadets.

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