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Rhode Island's Charter Schools

Rhode Island's charter schools are public schools authorized by the State of Rhode Island to operate independently from many state and local district rules and regulations. Each charter school is able to establish educational strategies that meet the specific student achievement goals and objectives outlined in each school's charter.

Rhode Island General Law 16-77-5.1(b) designates the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education (the Council) as the authorizer for charter schools. In this capacity, the Council is responsible for charter school approval, renewal and revocation. RIDE is delegated with the authority and responsibility to manage a comprehensive system of charter school accountability, review, and monitoring, and system management. With the support of RIDE’s charter team, the Council plays a fundamental role in maintaining and advancing the quality and accountability of the charter sector. Rhode Island is one of only seven states in which the SEA, in conjunction with the State's Board of Education, is the sole authorizer. As the sole authorizer, the Council bears substantial responsibility for balancing the statutory goal of increased autonomy of charter schools against the accountability required by the state and federal authorities.

Types of Rhode Island Charter Schools


  • District Charter Schools: Schools created by existing public schools, groups of public school personnel, public school districts, or a group of school districts.
  • Independent Charter Schools: Schools created by: (i) Rhode Island nonprofit organizations provided that these nonprofit organizations shall have existed for at least two (2) years and must exist for a substantial reason other than to operate a school or (ii) Colleges or universities within the State of Rhode Island.
  • Mayoral Academies: Schools created by a mayor of any city or town within the State of Rhode Island, acting by or through a nonprofit organization (regardless of the time said nonprofit organization is in existence) to establish a mayoral academy.

Attributes of Charter Schools


The charter school differs from the traditional public school in the following ways:

  • Autonomy: Charter schools are created and governed by independent boards and operated separately from the policies of traditional school districts. In exchange for this autonomy, the state has certain expectations.
  • Accountability: Charter schools are held accountable for meeting student achievement goals and face charter revocation if they under-perform.
  • Choice: Charter schools provide choice for parents and students seeking alternatives to public education.
  • Innovation: Charter schools are expected to be vanguards in improving and expanding opportunities within public education.

List of Charter Schools

To access a school's web site, please click the school name.
 
Name Grades (Fall 2017)  Grades (Authorized)  Location Enrolling
Communities
Academy for Career Exploration 9-12 9-12 155 Harrison Street
Providence, RI
Providence
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary K-4 K-5 370 Hartford Avenue
Providence, RI
Cranston,  
North Providence,
Providence, 
Warwick
Achievement First Illuminar Mayoral Academy Elementary  K-3 K-4  370 Hartford Avenue 
Providence, RI
Cranston,  
North Providence, 
Providence, 
Warwick
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Middle 5 5-8  370 Hartford Avenue 
Providence, RI
Cranston,  
North Providence, 
Providence, 
Warwick
Beacon Charter School 9-12 9-12 320 Main Street
Woonsocket, RI
Statewide
Beacon Founder's Academy 6-8 6-8  1 Social Street 
Woonsocket, RI
Statewide
Blackstone Academy Charter School 9-12 9-12 334 Pleasant Street 
Pawtucket, RI 
Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - ES1 K-4 K-4 291 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - ES2 K-4 K-4 52 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - ES3 K-2 K-4 3 Fairlawn Way
Lincoln, RI
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - MS1 5-8 5-8 909 Lonsdale Avenue
Central Falls, RI 
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - MS2 5-6 5-8 3 Fairlawn Way 
Lincoln, RI
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - HS 9-12 9-12 3357 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
The Compass School K-8 K-8  537 Old North Road
Kingston, RI
Statewide
The Greene School 9-12 9-12  94 John Potter Road
West Greenwich, RI
Statewide
Highlander Charter School PK-12 PK-12 Upper School (Grades 7-12)
360 Market Street
Warren, RI 

Lower School (Grades PK-6)
42 Lexington Avenue 
Providence, RI
Statewide
Hope Academy K-3 K-8 1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI
Providence,
North Providence
International Charter School K-5 K-8 334 Pleasant Street 
Pawtucket, RI 
Statewide
Kingston Hill Academy K-5 K-5 850 Stony Fort Road 
Saunderstown, RI
Statewide
The Learning Community K-8 K-8  21 Lincoln Avenue
Central Falls, RI
Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence
NEL/CPS Construction & Career Academy 9-12 9-12  4 Sharpe Drive
Cranston, RI
Statewide
Paul Cuffee Charter School K-12 K-12 Upper School (Grades 9-12)
544 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
30 Barton Street
Providence, RI

Lower School (Grades K-5)
459 Promenade Street
Providence, RI
Providence
RI Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School  9-12 9-12 150 Washington Street
Providence, RI
Statewide
RISE Prep Mayoral Academy K-2 K-8 1 Social Street 
Woonsocket, RI
Burrillville,
North Smithfield, Woonsocket
Segue Institute for Learning 6-8 6-8 325 Cowden Street 
Central Falls, RI
Central Falls
Sheila C. "Skip" Nowell Leadership Academy - Central Campus 9-12 9-12 43 Hawes Street
Central Falls, RI
Statewide
Sheila C. "Skip" Nowell Leadership Academy - Capital Campus 9-12 9-12 133 Delaine Street
Providence, RI
Statewide
SouthSide Elementary Charter School K-3 K-4 135 Prairie Avenue
Providence, RI
Providence
Times2 Academy K-12 K-12 50 Fillmore Street
Providence, RI
Providence
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts 7-12 7-12 150 Washington Street
Providence, RI
Providence
The Village Green Virtual Charter School 9-12 9-12 135 Weybosset Street 
Providence, RI
Statewide

List of Charter Schools in Rhode Island
This document lists all charter schools, grade levels served, communities served and charter type. 

Charter School Resources and Lottery

Resources for Families and Community

  • State of Rhode Island's Charter Public Schools: The Office of Charter Schools is pleased to release The State of Rhode Island’s Charter Public Schools, a report providing data and descriptive information on charter public schools across Rhode Island. - April 2014 [PDF] 
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): This document addresses many common questions about charter public schools in Rhode Island. [PDF] 
  • 2018-19 RI Charter School Application:  English |  Spanish | Portuguese   These are editable Microsoft Word documents. To complete this application, please write in the school name in the form and return to the school to which your student is applying.

Resources for Charter School Administrators 


Charter School Accountability

Charter School Accountability

In addition to being classified just as any other Rhode Island public school, Charter schools are reviewed and held accountable for meeting student academic and organizational performance goals and face charter revocation or non renewal if they under-perform. If successful, each charter may be granted a term for up to 5 years. 

Charter schools in Rhode Island are held to common measures of academic, financial and organizational performance. Specifically: 

Please review the new Charter School Performance Review System Handbook for more detail on the above indicators and information about the renewal process. 

 *Updated January 2017 to reflect the revised 15-16 Statewide Accountability System.

Each year beginning with the 2016-17 school year, RIDE will publish an annual Charter School Performance Report based on the indicators above. The report template can be found here.  

 

Charter School Proposals Under Review and Public Hearings

Requests for Proposals for New Student Seats and Public Comment 

As a result of RIDE’s 2018-19 Requests for New Charter Students Seats, RIDE received a total of 2 proposals for new charters and 3 proposals for charter expansions. Below is more information regarding each charter’s proposal, as well as opportunities for the public to provide comment on the proposals.

Proposals for New Charter Schools

Charette Charter School 

Wangari Maathai Charter School

Proposals for Charter Expansions

Segue Institute for Learning

The Greene School

Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA)

RIDE invites members of the public to provide written public comment on completed charter proposals through November 1, 2017. Members of the public may submit public comment through the following opportunities:

  1.  Written Public Comment – Written comments may be submitted via mail to 255 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903 Attn: Pascale Pierre Thompson, e-mail to RICharters@ride.ri.gov, or to RIDE staff at scheduled public hearings.

  2.  Public Comment Hearings – RIDE will conduct at least two (2) public hearings to be held in the community where each proposed charter school is to be located. The schedule for public hearings may be found in the information above. In the event that translation services are needed, please e-mail RICharters@ride.ri.gov, at least 7 days prior to the public hearing date so appropriate accommodations can be made. 

  3. Local Impact AnalysesThe Local Impact Analysis statement may comment on a proposal’s: a) fiscal impact on a city or town; b) programmatic impact on the sending school district; and/or, c) the educational impact on the students in the district. All local impact analyses may be found in the above information.  All applicant teams, school districts, elected officials, government entities, and research institutions (including, but not limited to post-secondary institutions) were invited to provide a written local impact analysis statement directly to RIDE by August 25, 2017. While RIDE did not receive any publicly submitted Local Impact Analyses, public entities may still submit local impact analyses by November 1, 2017.

Starting or Expanding Charter Schools

Starting or Expanding a Charter School

Requests for Proposals for New Student Seats

The following resources are for all charter proposals to open new student seats (new charter schools and expansions) in the fall 2018. RIDE streamlined the authorization process for new and expanding charters into one centralized document, to help provide consistency and clarity for charter applicants.

Please refer to this timetable of anticipated dates

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