Notifications of acceptance or wait-list status in Sussex Tech's 8th-grade admissions lottery will be sent to parents and guardians after Tuesday, February 11. Sussex Tech uses a random, impartial lottery system for its admissions process, contracting with the state Data Service Center, a respected third-party provider. Results must then be certified by the Board of Education.

Parents or guardians must notify the district of the acceptance decision by March 20. Students not initially accepted will be placed on a waiting list and may be admitted throughout the spring and summer as space becomes available.

Learning More About Sussex Tech

Sussex Technical High School is Sussex County's career and technical education leader, preparing its students to be career- and college-ready. Thank you for considering Sussex Tech for your educational choice.

Students are admitted to Sussex Tech through a random, impartial lottery system managed by the State of Delaware. Learning More About Sussex TechStudents apply in the 8th grade for admission as freshmen the following school year. Each year, we are able to admit about 300 students, or about half of the students who apply. 

8th-Grade Open House: November 2, 2019

We invite 8th-grade students from across Sussex County to our annual Open House each November. Students and their families can learn more about what Sussex Tech offers, talk to current students, and visit classrooms and technical areas to see what a Tech education is all about. 

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., with a presentation starting promptly at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Learn more about Sussex Tech's 17 career-technical areas, how students can gain real-world, on-the-job work experience, and how graduates can earn professional certifications and licenses. Advance registration is not required.

  • Event Flyer
  • Invitation Letter
  • School Choice Reminders
  • About Our Technical Areas
  • Invitation Letter - Spanish
  • School Choice Reminders - Spanish

  • Individual Tours

    Individual tours can be scheduled throughout the year upon request.

    Applying to Sussex Tech

    Sussex Tech uses the State of Delaware's School Choice application for all applying 8th-graders. This application system is managed by the state Data Service Center.

    If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Student Services for a printed application.

    Applications Open: November 4, 2019

    Help with Applications: Call Sussex Tech Student Services at 302-854-2820 or email It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the application is complete, accurate, and that all necessary information has been included.

    Applications Due: January 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

    Notifications: Students will receive acceptance notifications no later than Feb. 28.

    Acceptance: Parents or guardians must notify Sussex Tech of their acceptance decision by March 20. Students must remain academically eligible for promotion to the 9th grade according to Delaware Department of Education standards through the end of the school year.

    Waiting List: Students who are not selected for admission via the lottery will be placed on a ranked waiting list as per Delaware Code (Title 14, Section 405(c)). Sussex Tech will maintain the ranked waiting list until September 30 of the school year for which a student applied, and students on that list may have the opportunity for enrollment based on available capacity. Students may be admitted off the waiting list throughout the spring and summer as space becomes available, and the number of students admitted varies from year to year.

    Note: After September 30, the ranked waiting list will no longer be maintained, and only students who meet the definition of "good cause" as detailed in Delaware Code (Title 14, Section 402) will be considered for enrollment throughout the remainder of the school year. Students who wish to be considered for admission the following year must re-apply during the next school choice application window.

    Application procedures are in accordance with Delaware Code (Title 14, Chapter 4 and Chapter 26), and the application process is monitored by the Delaware Department of Education.

    Applications for "Good Cause"

    Click here to apply as a transfer student for the 2019-20 school year (9th, 10th, or 11th grades) using "good cause." You will need to create an account and login to the Delaware school choice application system.

    "Good cause" is defined as one of the following

    • A change in a child's residence due to a change in family residence.
    • A change in the state in which the family residence is located.
    • A change in the marital status of the child's parents.
    • A change caused by a guardianship proceeding.
    • Placement of a child in foster care.
    • Adoption.
    • Participation by a child in a foreign exchange program.
    • Participation by a child in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program.
    • Or a set of circumstances consistent with this definition of "good cause."


    If you have any questions about the admissions process, the Open House, or other issues, please contact Steve Persolio, Coordinator of Student Services, at 302-854-2820 or

    Sussex Technical School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, disability, national status, national origin, genetic information, or other legally protected categories in its programs and activities. The District offers additional services to students with limited English language skills or with disabilities so that they may benefit from these programs. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: John Sell, Director of Support Services, Sussex Technical School District, P.O. Box 351, Georgetown, DE 19947, telephone 302-856-9509.


    El Distrito Escolar de Sussex Tech no discrimina en base a raza, color, sexo, religión, edad, incapacidad, origen nacional, estado nacional, informacion genética, otras categorías protec¬toradas legalmente en sus programas o actividades. Las preguntas concernientes a las políticas discriminatirias pueden ser dirigidas a: John Sell, Sussex Technical School District, P.O. Box 351, Georgetown, DE 19947, teléfono 302-856-9509.

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