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Rhode Island's Charter Public 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 public 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 Public 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 Public Schools


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

  • Autonomy: Charter public 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 public schools are held accountable for meeting student achievement goals and face charter revocation if they under-perform.
  • Choice: Charter public schools provide choice for parents and students seeking alternatives to traditional public education.
  • Innovation: Charter public schools are expected to be vanguards in improving and expanding opportunities within public education.

Related Resources

List of Charter Public Schools

Rhode Island charter public schools are free and open to the public. Use the Family Information Tool (FIT) to search through the charter public school options available in Rhode Island. Explore academic programs, compare schools and find more information within each school’s profile. Information for every Rhode Island charter public school can be found in the Family Information Tool.

The complete list of charter schools, grades served, their locations and enrolling communities are also listed below. This printable List of Charter Schools in Rhode Island provides information in a single page for all charter public schools, links to each web-page, grade levels served, communities served and charter type

Name Grades
(Fall 2022)
Grades
(Authorized)
Location Enrolling Communities
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary K-4 K-4 370 Hartford Avenue
Providence, RI
Cranston,
North Providence,
Providence,
Warwick
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Middle 5-8 5-8 370 Hartford Avenue 
Providence, RI 
Cranston,
North Providence,
Providence,
Warwick
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy High  9-10  9-12 315 Laurel Hill Avenue
Providence, RI 
Cranston, North Providence, Providence, Warwick
Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy Elementary  K-4 K-4 85 Garfield Avenue
Cranston, RI
Cranston,
North Providence,
Providence,
Warwick
Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy Middle 5-8 5-8   85 Garfield Avenue
Cranston, RI
Cranston, 
North Providence,
Providence,
Warwick
Achievement First Promesa Mayoral Academy Elementary   K-3 K-4 234 Daboll Street 
Providence, RI  
Cranston, 
North Providence,
Providence,
Warwick
Achievement First Envision Mayoral Academy Elementary  K-2  K-4 370 Hartford Avenue
Providence, RI 
Providence, North Providence
Beacon Charter School 9-12 9-12 320 Main Street
Woonsocket, RI
Statewide
Beacon Founders 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-4 K-4 3357 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - Upper Elementary 5-6 5-6 3 Fairlawn Way
Lincoln, RI
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - Junior High 7-8 7-8 909 Lonsdale Avenue 
Central Falls, RI
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy - HS 9-12 9-12 65 Macondray Street
Cumberland, RI
Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket
Charette High School 9-12 9-12 335 Westminster St
Providence, RI 
Providence
Excel Academy  5  K-12 622 Woonasquatucket Ave
North Providence, RI 02911 
Providence, Central Falls, North Providence
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-8 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
NEL/CPS Construction & Career Academy 9-12 9-12 4 Sharpe Drive
Cranston, RI
Statewide
Nuestro Mundo Public Charter School  K-2 + 6-7  K-8 17-21 Gordon Avenue
Providence, RI 
 Providence
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
Providence Preparatory Charter School  5-7  5-8 155 Harrison 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-7 K-8 30 Cumberland Street
Woonsocket, RI
Burrillville,
North Smithfield, Woonsocket
Segue Institute for Learning K-1 + 3-8 K-8 325 Cowden Street 
Central Falls, RI
Central Falls
Sheila C. "Skip" Nowell Leadership Academy 9-12 9-12 150 Washington St.
Providence, RI
Statewide
SouthSide Elementary Charter School K-5 K-5 135 Prairie Avenue
Providence, RI
Providence
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
The Learning Community K-8 K-8 21 Lincoln Avenue
Central Falls, RI
Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence
Times2 Academy K-12 K-12 Middle/High School (Grades 7-12)
50 Fillmore Street
Providence, RI

Elementary School (Grades K-6)
50 Fillmore Street
Providence, RI
Providence
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts 7-12 7-12 275 Westminster Street
Providence, RI
Providence
Village Green Virtual Charter School 9-12 9-12 135 Weybosset Street 
Providence, RI
Statewide

 

Charter Public School Proposals Under Review and Public Hearings

2022 Charter Public School New Student Seats Under Review 

Please note the updated Public Hearing Schedule below the applications (updated: 10/6/2022)

EXPANSIONS OF CURRENT CHARTER SCHOOLS 

RISE Prep Mayoral Academy 
 
Expansion Application

Segue Institute for Learning: Legacy High School 
 
Expansion Application

 

REQUESTS FOR NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS 

 

Be Well Leadership Academy 

 

New Charter Proposal 

Medical Preparatory Academy of Rhode Island 

 

New Charter Proposal 
 

 

Para Todos Public Charter School 

 

New Charter Proposal 
 
 

 

The RIDE Office of School Opportunities invites members of the public to provide written public comments on the completed charter proposals starting on September 16, 2022 and lasting through November 16, 2022. Comments and statements may be submitted by e-mail to RICharters@ride.ri.gov, by mail to RIDE at 255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 Attn: Office of School Opportunities or at public hearings, to be scheduled by RIDE pursuant to R.I.G.L § 16-77.2-3; 16-77.3-3 and 16-77.4-3.  

 

 

The Public Hearing Schedule is as follows:

Name of Charter  

Catchment  

Dates and Times of Hearings  

Locations of Hearings  

Expansion Request:  

RISE Prep Mayoral Academy  

Woonsocket, Burrillville  

Wednesday, October 12th, 5pm-7pm  

  

Monday, October 24th, 5pm-6pm  

Woonsocket Harris Public Library  

303 Clinton Street  

Woonsocket, RI 02895  

Expansion Request:   

Segue Institute for Learning (Legacy High School)  

Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket, Woonsocket  

  

Wednesday, October 12th, 5pm-7pm 

 

Woonsocket Harris Public Library  

303 Clinton Street  

Woonsocket, RI 02895  

 

 

Tuesday, October 18th, 5pm-6pm  

 

 

Adams Public Library  

205 Central St.  

Central Falls, RI 02863 

 

Tuesday, October 25th, 5pm-7pm 

 

  

Knight Memorial Library  

275 Elmwood Avenue  

Providence, RI 02907 

 

Monday, November 7th, 5pm-7pm 

Pawtucket Public Library 

13 Summer Street 

Pawtucket, RI 02860 

Proposed New Charter:   

Be Well Leadership Academy  

  

Statewide  

Thursday, October 13th, 5pm-7pm  

  

Wednesday, October 26th, 5pm-7pm  

  

Kingston Free Library  

2605 Kingstown Rd  

Kingston, RI 02881  

  

Proposed New Charter:  

Medical Preparatory Charter School of Rhode Island  

  

  

Pawtucket, Providence  


New Date: Monday, November 7th, 5pm-7pm 

 

Pawtucket Public Library  

13 Summer Street  

Pawtucket, RI 02860  

Tuesday, October 25th, 5pm-7pm  

Knight Memorial Library  

275 Elmwood Avenue  

Providence, RI 02907  

  

Proposed New Charter:   

Para Todos Public Charter School  

  

Statewide  

Thursday, October 13th, 5pm-7pm  

  

Wednesday, October 26th, 5pm-7pm  

  

Kingston Free Library  

2605 Kingstown Rd  

Kingston, RI 02881  

 

Starting or Expanding Charter Public Schools

Requests for Proposals for New Student Seats

The resources on this page are for all charter proposals to open new student seats (new charter schools and expansions) in Fall 2023. RIDE invites members of the public to submit applications in response to the Request for Proposals for New Charter Seats to open in academic year 2023-24. The authorization process for new and expanding charters is in one centralized document, to help provide consistency and clarity for charter applicants.

RIDE will prioritize proposals that focus on increasing the number of high-quality education options for students who would have otherwise attended a school identified as in need of Comprehensive Support and School Improvement and for educationally disadvantaged students: economically-disadvantaged students, differently-abled students, and/or multilingual learners.

The deadline for submission for proposals in 2022 was 12PM EST on September 15, 2022.

All complete proposals under review, as of September 16, 2022, will be available on this website.

Technical Assistance

RIDE provided technical assistance throughout the spring and summer of 2022 for applicant teams submitting proposals in 2022. RIDE hosted several sessions to provide an overview of the process, resources, and Q&A.  Any party that has specific questions, interest in future proposal opportunities, or questions about the process should email RICharters@ride.ri.gov.   

Charter School Program Grant Startup Information

  • Information about the Charter School Program grant will be made available soon. Please email RICharters@ride.ri.gov with any questions.

Charter Public School Resources and Lottery

Resources for Families and Community

Visit EnrollRI.org/charter to learn more! 

Enrollment in a charter public school is nonselective and conducted by random lottery. 

Use the Family Information Tool (FIT) to find the school(s) that meets the performance, accessibility, and programmatic targets you are seeking. Next, use the EnrollRI Common Application to apply to any participating charter schools you are interested in and for which your child is eligible to attend. Participating charter schools will hold their 2023-2024 admissions lotteries on April 3, 2022 and will communicate your student’s enrollment status soon after that time. If a charter public school you are interested in is not currently participating in the EnrollRI Common Application, reach out to the school directly to apply. 

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]

 

Resources for Charter School Administrators

 

Charter Public School Accountability

Charter Public School Accountability

In addition to being classified just as any other Rhode Island public school, charter public 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.

Please review the Charter Performance Review System Handbook for more detail on the charter performance indicators and information about the renewal process.

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

  • Student Academic Performance
  • Financial Performance
  • Organizational Performance
  • Legal, Regulatory and Charter Contract Compliance

The handbook has been updated to reflect the revised Statewide Accountability System in alignment with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Each year beginning with the 2016-17 school year, RIDE compiles an annual Charter School Performance Dashboard, for each charter public school, based on the indicators above. The report template can be found here.

Sharing Practice

Urban Core Education Summit

The Rhode Island Department of Education served as host to a meeting series called the "The Urban Core Education Summit," where we laid the foundation for collaboration between school leaders in Providence Public Schools, Central Falls Public Schools, and charter schools in those cities. This initiative launched in Summer 2021 and is ongoing.

The core objectives are relationship building and identifying common areas for further discussion and potential collaboration. The summit is facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Wong, Annenberg Professor and Director of the Urban Education Policy program at Brown University.

For further questions and/or comments, please contact RICharters@ride.ri.gov.

Any other examples of Sharing Practices between Charters and Traditional Schools that you want to share?
Please contact RICharters@ride.ri.gov. We would love to share it!

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