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Advanced Course Network Expanding Opportunities

Rhode Island public secondary schools have the opportunity to expand coursework available to their high school and middle school students through the Advanced Course Network (ACN).

Enriching experiences with advanced coursework help students get a head start on postsecondary success, master the skills required of a lifelong learner, and be prepared for jobs in sectors critical to Rhode Island’s future prosperity. The Advanced Course Network is designed to help districts and schools meet this need by creating opportunities for Rhode Island students to envision, pursue and realize their individualized graduation pathway.

Districts and schools have the option of joining the Network as Members, in which they allow their students to enroll in coursework offered by the ACN. Coursework are offered by Rhode Island LEAs, Community-Based Organizations, Institutions of Higher Education and approved Department of Labor and Training course providers.

Questions regarding the Advanced Course Network can be emailed to AdvancedCoursework@ride.ri.gov.


Current Advanced Course Network Members

How To Video: Approving Student Registrations


If your school or district is interested in being a Network Member of the Advanced Course Network, please email advancedcoursework@ride.ri.gov.  

2019-2020 Advanced Course Network Providers

  • Astro
  • Barrington Public Schools
  • Fab Newport
  • New England Institute for Technology (NEIT)
  • New Urban Arts
  • Providence After School Alliance (PASA)
  • Roger Williams University (RWU)

Types of Courses Offered in the Advanced Course Network

Types of Courses

Types of Courses:

  • Work-Based Learning Courses - Hands-on learning with industry professionals; Earn High School Credit
  • Career Preparation Courses - Results in industry recognized certificate or credential; Earn High School Credit
  • Dual Enrollment Courses - Courses offered by local colleges and universities; Earn High School and College Credit
  • Advanced Placement Courses - College-level coursework culminates in AP exam; Earn High School and College Credit


  • Face-to-Face
  • Blended
  • Fully Online

Spring 2020 Course Provider RFP

Current RFP Cycles and Updates

The Advanced Course Network will be accepting proposals for the Spring 2020 cycle beginning July 29, 2019 through 4:00 PM, September 6, 2019.

Interested in becoming an ACN Course Provider? Click HERE for an overview.

Below you will find the ACN Application Documents, including: the current Request for Proposals document, which outlines RIDE's ACN Provider expectations and scoring rubric, the Spring 2020 ACN Provider Application, which is an Excel document that includes the course overview and budget template, Work-based learning guidance, and Tuition guidance for developing your ACN course budget. 

Students & Family Support Toolkit

The new Rhode Island Advanced Coursework Network provides qualified high school and middle school students (in participating school districts) the chance to take an exciting catalog of college and career preparatory courses at no cost to participating students. Advanced Coursework Network courses are offered by Rhode Island colleges and universities, community based organizations and other school districts at no cost to you and your family.

Click here for the Student and Family GuidebookGovernor Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and stakeholders across our state created this innovative new program which began in the 2016-2017 school year. Taking advantage of advanced coursework of all kinds can better prepare students for success in college or future careers. Taking advantage of dual enrollment or advanced placement courses can reduce the time it takes your student to earn a college degree while significantly reducing the college costs your family will have to pay.

Contact your student’s high school or middle school to ask if they are part of the Advanced Coursework Network. Your student’s school counselor will help you and your student understand the opportunities for taking advanced coursework and how your student can meet graduation requirements by taking these courses while still in high school.

Our goal is to help all students take advantage of this important new program, as part of the expanding opportunities Rhode Island students will have to graduate high school prepared for college and career success.

Printable Overview of the Advanced Coursework Network
Important dates [PDF, 619KB] for student and families to remember
Member Schools List [PDF, 512KB]
Register for a Course
Helpful Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Questions?

Email AdvancedCoursework@ride.ri.gov

District & School Support Toolkit

Network Members

A Network Member is any Rhode Island Local Educational Authority (LEA) or school that voluntarily chooses to extend the Advanced Coursework Network opportunities to students in their district and/or school. As Network Members, schools and districts enable students and their families to choose to enroll in formerly unavailable high value academic- and career-focused courses while they remain enrolled at their public school.

Network Provider

A Network Provider can be an LEA or school, RI community-based organization, approved Department of Labor and Training (DLT) program, or higher education institution that delivers advanced coursework opportunities to Rhode Island students.

Click here for the Member School GuidebookNETWORK COURSE COSTS

The Rhode Island Department of Education supports the costs of Network coursework through state discretionary funds for students not enrolled as full time students at the Network Provider location. There is no cost to the district, school or family to be a Network Member or to take a Network course. The cost of books and course materials are covered by state funding via per student tuition payments to Network Providers. No funding will be re-purposed from the funding formula to support the Network.

While options are available in blended or virtual formats, some courses are offered face to face in a classroom setting. Students and their families are responsible for transportation the student to the course at the Network Provider’s location. The school or district may choose to support transportation of their students.


Schools and districts that choose to join the network designate a staff member or members to ensure the consistent communication between your school and the Network coordinators. The school or LEA designated staff become the main the point of contact for:

  • Advising students on courses that match their interests and meet their graduation requirements;
  • Communicating the available opportunities, benefits and risks to students and families;
  • Assisting students with course registration through the online portal;
  • Confirming enrollments through the online portal;
  • Ensuring final grades and credits are reflected on report cards and transcripts for students who participate and successfully complete a Network course; and
  • Ensuring equitable access to and equitable participation in the Network, by addressing the needs of students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries in order to overcome barriers to equitable participation.
Member Schools List [PDF, 512KB]

Interested in becoming a Network Member school or district?
Important Dates [PDF, 619KB] for schools, districts, students and families
Member Online Portal 
Helpful Videos
 Printable Resources for Students and Families
Frequently Asked Questions about the Advanced Coursework Network
Member School Guidebook [PDF, 1014KB]
  Additional Questions?

Email: AdvancedCoursework@ride.ri.gov

Network Provider Support Toolkit


A Network Provider can be an LEA or school, RI community-based organization, approved Department of Labor and Training (DLT) program, or higher education institution that delivers advanced coursework opportunities to Rhode Island students.

As Network Provider, RI schools, districts, higher education institutions and community based organizations open doors and create new opportunities for Rhode Island secondary students by offering previously unavailable coursework to students across the state. 

Important Dates [PDF, 725KB] for Network Providers
Helpful Videos:

    Provider Portal
    View course information; manage student rosters and group communications
    (Login link found in the upper right hand corner of the page)
  Provider Enrollment Reports and Estimated Payment Dates [PDF, 528KB]
This document provides a breakdown of enrollment report dates and estimated payment date windows
Frequently Asked Questions about the Advanced Coursework Network
This document provides detailed information on the Advanced Coursework Network for schools and district leaders, students and families
  Additional Questions?


Prepare RI LogoThe Advanced Coursework Network is part of PrepareRI, a statewide initiative to build career pathways for all Rhode Island youth. Learn more about PrepareRI at www.prepare-ri.org.

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