The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence is named in honor of Bryan Stevenson, a prolific social justice activist and lawyer from Milton, Delaware. Mr. Stevenson often talks about the notion of proximity in his work.
“Proximity is a pathway through which we learn the kind of things we need to know to make healthier communities.”
By “getting proximate,” or closer, to the needs of the community, we can see the problems for what they are and create sustainable solutions. We know the path to a strong and healthy community is complex and requires deep collaboration at every point.
“Knowing what I know about the people who have come before me, and the people who came before them, and what they had to do, it changes my capacity to stay engaged, to stay productive.”
Bryan A. Stevenson
We honor what’s come and create what’s coming.
VISION: To foster critically conscious individuals who are self-empowered leaders and advocates for change in our community.
To ensure excellence by requiring rigorous and high-quality instruction from teachers and a supportive and challenging learning environment for students.
To foster equity by creating access to local resources and global opportunities.
To embrace our community by building bridges between our students, their families and the community at large.
To inspire hope by facilitating spaces where students see that the exponential potential of our community.
To elevate the voice of our students by providing them with a platform to address the current state of our community and plant the seeds for its future.
MISSION: To create pathways, through proximity, for our students, their families, and our community.
Our Partners & Supporters
Delaware Historical Society
The Delaware Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves, promotes, and shares Delaware’s history in a welcoming environment to educate, inspire, and empower people and communities. Our initial partnership is with the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage to collect and share the histories of communities of color in Sussex County with our students.
Public Allies is a national nonprofit and Americorps program that advances social justice and equality by building the leadership capacity of young people. Public Allies is a service-learning program which aligns with BASSE’s vision and mission. We partner with Public Allies to build out capacity as an organization.
Delaware Guidance Services
The mission of Delaware Guidance Services is to provide quality therapeutic services to children, youth, and their families to increase their social, emotional, and behavioral wellness. BASSE is partnering with DGS to provide a therapeutic school model to promote the wellbeing of our students and their families.
Relay Graduate School of Education
The mission of the Relay Graduate School of Education is to teach teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. BASSE will partner with Relay to provide professional development opportunities for our staff and create pipelines for community members to become educators.