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Fitness-based charter proposed for Pike Creek

December 1, 2012

Update: Click here for meeting report

According to the Hockessin Community News print edition today, a new fitness-based charter school is proposed for the site of the former Pike Creek Fitness (now Delaware Swim and Fitness). [Updated with link to online article].

Last time I checked the fitness business is owned by Representative Mike Ramone (R-Newark). The graphic printed in the article (apparently the school logo) is credited to outgoing Delaware PTA President Yvonne Johnson.

A community meeting about the proposed school is planned for Tuesday Thursday, December 13 at 7pm at the Pike Creek site, 4905 Mermaid Blvd., Wilmington. For information contact Michael Smith at 290-7726 or pikecreekchartermiddle@gmail.com.

From the article:

The mission of Pike Creek Charter Middle School is to promote pre-adolescent student achievement through rigorous academic instruction while incorporating wellness and fitness strategies… The foundation of the school’s mission and vision has been derived from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle for children.

An online petition supporting the school provides some more information:

Pike Creek is one of several areas located in the Red Clay School District, which consists of (soon to be) 14 elementary schools that feed into 7 middle schools. As you may already be aware, these elementary and middle schools are becoming quickly overpopulated. It is evident that the Pike Creek community would benefit from another middle school option, which could happen with your help.

Pike Creek Charter School is a potential middle school that would serve students in grades 6-8 in the Pike Creek and other surrounding areas. Pike Creek Charter School will not only give students another middle school option but we will be the only middle school in the state with a health and wellness focus. Our goal is to open Pike Creek Charter School in September 2014.

Quick Facts-

Our school will offer:

Dual-certified teachers that specialize in Kinesthetic Learning
Strong emphasis on building healthy and active lifestyles
Rigorous academics through research proven curriculum and instruction
One hour of physical activity a day which will include unique classes such as Yoga, Zumba, strength and conditioning
Advanced health, wellness and science classes
Twice yearly projects that encompass all classes
Nutrition classes and healthy food options
Community service mandated
On site pool

Community support is especially important to us and also a significant part of the charter application process.

As we approach the submission of our charter to the Delaware Department of Education, we need supporters like you to sign in support of our potential new school. Thank you in advance for your support. After signing, please forward to family, friends and neighbors via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

Please visit our blog for updates on our progress and more details regarding Pike Creek Charter School.

We, the undersigned, are in favor of opening Pike Creek Charter School.

  1. Citizen
    December 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    For anyone who attends the community meeting: please ask whether the “healthy food options” will include federally subsidized breakfasts and lunches for qualifying children. Thanks.

  2. citizen
    December 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

    What about the people who are attending the gym regularly? Or have jobs at the Gym? This may be good for kids and creating new schools but its not fair to those who have been at pike creek this long. Are we going to be laid off? lose our jobs for a school? This sucks

  3. December 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

    If it’s any consolation, if the owner is seeking alternatives I’d guess your job wasn’t going to last that long anyway. I like the facility; I was a member in the early 90’s. When it first opened, it had a bar! You could go work out and then sit down for a cold draft beer. I went pretty often but I didn’t lose much weight…

    Anyway citizen with a little c, you appear to be a different person from our Big C Citizen, so I’d appreciate if you could pick a different handle. Please comment again!

    What have employees been told about the school? I can think of a number of reasons why the facility might not work well as a school, but I’m reserving judgement until I hear some plans and find out who the leadership team is.

  1. December 4, 2012 at 8:26 am
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