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COZ (Child Opportunity Zone)
Rhode Island’s Child Opportunity Zones (COZs) are a full service community school model of school-linked family centers that bring schools, families and communities together to promote success in school for all children and youth. COZs are welcoming places in or near schools where families can access education, health and social service programs, supports and referrals to address barriers to stu- dent achievement at the highest lev- els. Each COZ bases its coordinated system of services, programs and supports on the individual needs and resources of its schools, families and community.

Bristol/Warren / Hugh Cole School / 50 Asylum Road, Warren
Contact: Patricia Brissette; 401-245-1460, x1375
Central Falls /521 Dexter Street
Contact: 401-727-6181
Cranston /Gladstone Street School
Contact: Grace Swinski
East Providence:
Newman YMCA
472 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA
Contact: Jeanine Achin
Boys and Girls Club of East Providence 115 Williams Ave., East Providence
Contact: Erin Gilliatt 401-434-6776
Middletown /Forest Ave School / 315 Forest Ave.
Newport /35 Dexter Street
Contact: Christine Arouth 401-842-1900, x20993
North Kingstown / Office of Family Learning / 100 Fairway Drive
Contact: Barbara Sweeney 401-541-6353
Pawtucket /Cunningham School / 40 Baldwin Street
Contact: Mary Parella
Providence / Dorcas Place / 220 Elmwood Avenue
Contact: Julie Piccolo 401-784-8659
Westerly /93 Tower Street
Contact: Joan Serra 401-348-2790 or 401-255-6467
Woonsocket /46 Hope Street
Contact: Terry Curtin 401-766-3384

Private Schools

By understanding your child’s needs, and knowing the strengths (and weaknesses) of individual schools, you can make smart choices.

Providence & North

American Sign Language Academy
722-1022 255
Main Street, Pawtucket.

Angel Care Montessori

150 Waterman Street, Providence.
18 months, 2-5 years. Our program is unique in that the focus is on the education of the young child through the stimulation of all the sensory channels at an age in which the "hardware" of the brain is built. Angel Care helps children develop a sense of independence, self-esteem, and sense of accomplishment through the carefully planned environment so that children can reach their maximum potential, laying the foundation for all later learning.

The Carter School
1000 Eddy Street, Providence.
The Carter School’s innovative approach to education extends far beyond the classroom door. The Carter School integrates education, therapy, and work experiences to prepare students to pursue a range of possibilities when they graduate. Our unique 4-center approach supports education, vocational opportunities, and daily living activities tailored to the student’s specific interests and abilities.

Community Preparatory School
126 Somerset Street, Providence.
Serving students in grades 3-8. CPS challenges students to become confident independent learners and develops a strong sense of public service in students through community service and stewardship. It engages parents, students and teachers in goal-setting and planning in an effort to ensure academic and social success for each student.

Dayspring Christian Academy
1052 Newport Avenue, South Attleboro, MA.
Dayspring Christian Academy is founded upon the firm conviction that Christian education makes a difference in the lives of students in pre- kindergarten through eighth grades, both now and eternally.

East Side Nursery School
372 Wayland Avenue, Providence.
At East Side Nursery School young children learn by doing. We believe that learning is an interactive process that requires active thinking and experiment- ing. Young children learn best through play experiences.

The French American School of RI
75 John Street, Providence.
Pre-School - Grade 8. Accredited by the French Government and the Rhode Island Board of Education. Our French immersion program runs from Pre-school through Kindergarten, and the bilingual program from grades 1 through 8.

The Grace School
1000 Eddy Street, Providence.
At The Grace School, we teach the child, not the class. School is fun and positive for our students because each child’s needs are met through individualized learning. Students of all abilities flourish at The Grace School. Children working on standards-based curriculum and children with special needs learn together. Now enrolling for fully-inclusive K through 7th grade classes; adding 8th grade in 2017.

Hebrew Day School
450 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.
Pre-K-12th Grade. Providence Hebrew Day School offers a quality Secular studies program along with a comprehensive, traditional Jewish studies curriculum in a warm & personal learning environment.

The Henry Barnard School
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence.
Pre-K-5th Grade. The Henry Barnard School enjoys a long tradition of exemplary instruction and curriculum innovation. Located on the campus of Rhode Island College, Henry Barnard is a laboratory school for teacher preparation programs in the Feinstein School of Education & Human Development.

The Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island
85 Taft Avenue, Providence.
Pre-K-5th Grade. The Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island prepares confident, collaborative, critical thinkers for the twenty- first century. We employ a progressive curriculum that nurtures each student’s innate creativity and curiosity while promoting academic rigor and develop- ing personal character. Supported by an inclusive community of families and staffed by an outstanding team of educators, JCDSRI reflects the values and ethics of a vibrant and diverse Jewish community.

La Salle Academy
12 Academy Avenue, Providence.
Currently Grades 9-12. Grades 6-12 coming Fall 2015!La Salle Academy is an independent Catholic, co-education, college preparatory school. Since its founding in 1871, La Salle’s mission is to educate young men and women of diverse backgrounds, in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s ideals of faith, service, and community. La Salle students are challenged to broaden their horizons and to strive for excellence in all they do. La Salle is a school of excellence: religiously, academically, artistically, socially,
and athletically."

Lincoln School
301 Butler Avenue, Providence.
Lincoln School is an independent college preparatory school for girls in Grades 1 - 12, with coeducational pre-school pro- grams for girls and boys from infancy through Kindergarten. Relying upon our Quaker heritage, our curriculum produces leaders who truly are citizens of the world. Caring, professional teachers work together with students to create a learning environment that encourages every child to discover and nurture her unique gifts.

The Montessori Children’s House
518 Lloyd Avenue, East Side of Providence.
Preschool through Grade 3, Ages 3-9. The Montessori Children’s House is a school dedicated to providing an intellectually stimulating and emotionally calming atmosphere in which children can become self-directed learners and make Maria Montessori’s dream of a peaceful world a reality.

Moses Brown
250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence.
Nursery - 12th Grade. A school of tradition and innovation with a mission to inspire the inner promise of each student and instill the utmost care for learning, people, and place. Enrolling 775 girls and boys in a challenging and broad college-prep program.

The Providence Center School
520 Hope Street, Providence, RI.
The Providence Center School serves children 3-21 years of age who struggle with emotional, social and behavioral issues. The school develops individual education plans for each student. Our goal is to prepare students to be successful learners and return them to their neighborhood school.

School One High School
220 University Avenue, Providence.
9th Grade-12th Grade.Our dynamic inviting community empowers its diverse students to take responsibility for their learning through challenging, creative and personalized educational programs in order to prepare for productive futures, self-reliance, commit to important ideas, and contribute to the world in useful ways.

Wheeler School
216 Hope Street, Providence.
Nursery-12th Grade. A progressive, college-prep school with emphasis on academics, arts & athletics. Includes a special division, The Hamilton School (grades 1-8), for students with learning differences.

East Bay

Aquidneck Island Christian Academy
321 East Main Road, Portsmouth.
Grades K-12. We, at AICA, are in pursuit of excellence in education as an independent, inter-denominational, co-educational Christian School. We are committed to providing a quality, Christ-centered classical education.

Cluny School
75 Brenton Road, Newport.
Cluny School as a Catholic School exists to educate the whole person, empower- ing its students to live lives of integrity based on Gospel values.

Gordon School

45 Maxfield Avenue, East Providence.
Nursery-8th Grade. We challenge students to develop their full potential by inspiring their minds and imaginations, nurturing an interest in life-long learning and fostering involvement in the world beyond Gordon.

Ocean State Montessori School
100 Grove Avenue, East Providence.
Preschool - Grade 8. The Ocean State Montessori School fosters independence, self-esteem, and a life-long love of learning by providing an academically excellent and nurturing Montessori environment.

The Pennfield School
110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth.
Pre-school (age 3) - 8th grade. We provide students with the academic skills to thrive at the secondary school level. Science labs, Spanish, arts, music, technology round-out the curriculum.

The Providence Country Day School
660 Waterman Avenue, East Providence.
Coeducational school, grades 6-12. Established in 1923,PCD is a college preparatory school serving a diverse student body from over 35 different communities in MA, CT & RI. Students benefit from an educational program that balances rigorous academics, creative visual and performing arts, and competitive athletics. By meeting high standards for academic achievement, ethical behavior and community participation, PCD students grow with confidence and prepare for a lifetime of learning and leadership.

St. Andrew’s School
63 Federal Road, Barrington.
6th Grade-12th Grade and post-grad. A small coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades three through twelve.  St. Andrew’s offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum, honors courses, a community service program, competitive athletics and intramurals, visual and performing arts in a new center for the arts, and innovative support programs for students with mild language-based learning disabilities.

St. George’s
372 Purgatory Road, Middletown.
Grades 9-12. Affiliated with the Episcopal church. our co-educational, independent, residential school emphasizes academics in a college prep program.

St. Michael’s Country Day School
180 R.I. Avenue, Newport.
Grades Pre-School(3 years old) through grade 8. A non-denominational, co-educational, independent school. The program encourages high academic, artistic, athletic and ethical standards essential for success in a complex and changing world.

St. Philomena School
324 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth.
Pre K - 8th Grade. St. Philomena is a private Catholic school of 492 boys and girls founded in 1953 by the Society Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus. Under the guidance and leadership of the FCJ Sisters, the school educates the whole child - spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. St. Philomena School was recognized as a 1999 & 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Wolf School
215 Ferris Avenue, East Providence.
Nursery-8th Grade. Dedicated to providing an educational environment where children with learning differences become successful, secure learners. Our intensive and integrated model enables children to discover and utilize their strengths and talents by meeting their academic, social and emotional needs.

West Bay & South County

Meadowbrook Waldorf School
300 Kingstown Road, Richmond.

Early childhood to grade 8. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School is an independent, private school providing an educational program which integrates the arts, sciences and humanities for children from Early Childhood through Grade Eight.  The school also offers a parent- child program for families with infants and toddlers.

Waldorf education strives to prepare children to meet the challenges of our world with clarity of thought, a caring heart, and confidence to initiate change.

Academic work is balanced with artistic and practical activities in a curriculum which deepens the natural joy and wonder of learning. The school draws its student body from 24 RI towns as well from MA and CT and is accredited with the State of RI for Early Childhood through Grade Eight.

MWS is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and of the Independent Schools Association of RI.

Our Lady of Mercy School
55 Fourth Avenue, East Greenwich.
PreK to grade 7. Our Lady of Mercy School provides a spiritual and nurturing environment which builds a solid academic foundation and supports the community, all in the Roman Catholic tradition, by following our Lord's example of love and kindness so that MERCY may flourish.

Prout School

4640 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield>
A Catholic, co-educational college prep school for grades 9-12.

Quest Montessori
1150 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett.
An independent, non-denominational toddler through 8th grade offering individualized education. The emphasis in the classroom is on developing a lifetime love of learning along with critical thinking skills & a sense of community.

Rocky Hill School
530 Ives Road, East Greenwich.
Nursery - 12th Grade. Rocky Hill School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on 88 waterfront acres in East Greenwich. With a focus on innovative teaching and experiential learning, Rocky Hill challenges students academically and prepares them to become leaders and life-long learners. Rocky Hill boasts an integrated technology component that includes SMART Boards, a Lower School iPad program, a 1:1 Upper School laptop program and a 1:1 iPad program in the Middle School (new for 2012-13). Rocky Hill supplements rigorous academics with 10 interscholastic sports teams, a robust performing arts program and a rewarding community service requirement. Our 5:1 teacher ratio allows for individualized instruction and our stunning campus fosters exploration and discovery within a safe environment.

St. Peter School
120 Mayfair Rd., Warwick.
St. Peter School is a Catholic elementary school, grades preschool (starting at 3 years old) through Grade 8, located in the Gaspee section of Warwick. The School’s mission is to provide its students with a quality Catholic education in an atmosphere of mutual respect that fosters spiritual, academic and social growth. Their philosophy of education emphasizes the significance of each individual’s contribution to the Christian community and to society. St. Peter School accepts applications throughout the school year when space is available.

The Village Lower School

836 Middle Road, East Greenwich.
Kindergarten-6th Grade. Our focus is on making the educational journey enjoyable and inspiring. We realize that each and every student comes to us with their own unique ways of learning. We provide students with an academic and social experience that stimulates & cultivates their wondrous young minds.

West Bay Christian Academy
475 School Street, North Kingstown.
West Bay Christian Academy is a coeducational, independent Christian school for students in Pre-school through Grade 8. West Bay provides a safe, stimulating environment where children enjoy coming to school. Our students have diverse opportunities to express themselves and are encouraged to develop strong Christian character. West Bay attempts to balance an engaging and challenging curriculum with opportunities for students to participate in creative and performing arts, sports, technology, and Christian
service. At WBCA we build strong academic, moral, and social foundations in our students to prepare them for future challenges and success.

Locations throughout RI

Bradley School
A private, school-funded, day treatment program for children and adolescents whose psychiatric and behavioral needs cannot be met in a public school setting. The program is accredited by the RI and MA departments of education. Students between 3 & 21 years of age are referred by their local directors of special education. Our multidisciplinary teams consist of highly trained education and mental health professionals who work together to assess, treat and educate our students. From the moment a student enters Bradley School, every effort is made to prepare the student to return to a less restrictive educational setting as soon as they are able. There are Bradley School locations in East Providence, Portsmouth, South Kingstown and Westerly, RI.

Nearby Massachusetts

Antioch School
618 Rock Street, Fall River, MA.
Pre-k-8th Grade. With the required involvement of parents, Antioch School provides its students with strong academic & social skills training in a safe, secure learning environment.

Friends Academy
1088 Tucker Road, N. Dartmouth, MA
PS-8th Grade. Friends Academy, established in 1810, is a coeducational day school, serving children from various Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. The school is located on a 65-acre campus in North Dartmouth, MA. Friends fosters the education of the whole child: mind, body, and spirit in caring and secure surroundings. Recognizing the importance of the individual child, the excellent teacher-student ratio allows for innovative programming while giving careful consideration to the learning stages of the child. Graduates enter leading preparatory high schools.
The Sally Borden School at Friends Academy provides a unique educational opportunity for children in grades 2 through 8 who have diagnosed language-based learning differences.

New England Christian Academy
271 Sharps Lot Road, Swansea, MA.
Pre-K-12.NECA is a co-educational Christian day school located on a beautiful 40-acre campus complex. N.E.C.A. features a solid Christ-centered education emphasizing high academic standards as well as the development of spiritual wisdom and character. N.E.C.A. ministers to the whole person; spiritually, academically, and socially to fully prepare each student to face the challenges of the future with God’s will for his or her life.

Catholic Schools

The Diocese of Providence sponsors 58 Catholic elementary & secondary schools, serving more than 17,000 students in grades Pre-K to 12. Catholic schools emphasize Christian values and academic excellence in small school communities. All Catholic schools are required to be independently accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. For more information call 401-278-4550, or visit us at


Charter Schools

Academy for Career Exploration (ACE)
130 Broadway, Providence.

Beacon Charter High School for the Arts
320 Main Street, Woonsocket.

Blackstone Academy Charter School
334 Pleasant Street, Pawtucket.

Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy
Elementary School 1
291 Broad St, Cumberland: 335-3133
Elementary School 2
7 Fatima Drive, Cumberland: 335-3287
Middle School
3 Fairlawn Way, Lincoln: 475-2680

The Compass School
537 Old North Road, Kingston.

The Greene School
94 John Potter Road Unit 3, West Greenwich.
The Greene School develops the culture of personal, community, and global stewardship using a curriculum centered on direct experiences with environmental science, and the technology that affects the natural world. Students are prepared to be informed, skilled, active and innovative community leaders who will become the environmental stewards of the future.

Highlander Charter School
42 Lexington Avenue, Providence.

International Charter School
334 Pleasant Street, Pawtucket.

Kingston Hill Academy
850 Stony Fort Road, Saunderstown.

The Learning Community
21 Lincoln Avenue, Central Falls.

New England Laborers’/Cranston Public Schools Construction Career Academy
4 Sharpe Drive, Cranston.

Paul Cuffee School
Elementary: 459 Promenade Street, Providence: 453-2626
Middle: 30 Barton Street, Providence: 453-2711
High: 544 Elmwood Avenue, Providence: 781-2727

The RI Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School
1150 Washington Street, Providence.

The Segue Institute for Learning
325 Cowden Street, Central Falls.

Times2 Academy
50 Fillmore Street, Providence.

Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
158 Messier Street, Providence.


Home Schooling

Before you say, “NO WAY!”, find out more. Your local school department is also available for more information.

Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers (RIGHT)
They offer support, group activities, legal defense & special state-wide events such as: Promotion Ceremony, field trips, parties, Curriculum Fairs, competitions, exhibitions, and more. Chapters located throughout the state.

Home Education and Family Services
P.O. Box 1056, Gray, ME 04039
Offers support to parents and homeschooling families in their efforts to "train for excellence."

Home Educators Resource Directory

245 Manton Street, Pawtucket.
RICHES is a Christian homeschool organization whose aim is to reclaim the lost educational heritage of our land. Follow us on Facebook.

PO Box 1151, Coventry.
ENRICHri is a secular homeschooling group in RI and Southern New England that offers over 300 field trips, seminars, social gatherings and classes per year.


Extra Help

Contact specific departments at local colleges for student tutors.

Learning Resources

Academic Advantage
1845 Post Road, Warwick.

Center for Learning & Psychological Services
107 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth.

A Great Place to Learn
Swansea, MA: 566 Wilbur Avenue, Coles Landing: 508-678-9004
Portsmouth: 1016 East Main Road: 683-2620
Norton, MA: 508-678-9004
Wareham, MA: 219 Main Street: 508-295-9535
Dennnisport, MA: 610 Main Street: 508-394-2800

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Barrington
24 Bosworth Street, Barrington.

Inspiring Minds Tech Center
763 Westminster Street, Providence.
After school academic tutoring in all subject areas for high school students Monday through Thursdays. We also offer fun programs such as web journalism and build-to-own your own PC on Fridays at our Tech Center.

RI Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES)

Smart Stop School Success Service
120 Aldrich Road, North Scituate.

Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service
or e-mail your name/tutoring needs to:
Families can call & be placed on an electronic newsletter that goes to interested Brown Univ. students.

Sylvan Learning Center
At Sylvan, we have solutions to fit your child's academic needs that are tailored to your schedule & budget.
Barrington: 289-2077
Coventry: 823-0011
Cumberland: 335-4444

Tutor Doctor

Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, 560 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick. is a free internet-based program that helps students, parents and educators explore education options, dis- cover a wide variety of occupations, and make plans to achieve education and career goals. WaytogoRI features a variety of college search tools and college preparation resources.

Higher Education


College Planning Center of Rhode Island
Warwick Mall: 736-3170
576 Metacom Avenue, Bristol: 396-5481
Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/ Lincoln: 475-3544
Higher education counselors providing assistance with college selection, SA writing, completion of financial aid applications, interpretation of financial aid, award letters, and financing options. All services are free.

Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
We can help you decide on a career or educational program, find the right school, help you fill out admissions and financial aid applications. Services are free of charge.

Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
560 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick.
Helping to enrich the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural life of Rhode Islanders through an excellent accessible and affordable system of higher education.

Paws in Jobland - WaytogoRI
Internet-based program that ignites student’s interest in career aware- ness and exploration, encourages reading skills development and expands computer navigation skills for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Visit and click on Elementary student to access Paws in Jobland.



Colleges & Universities

Brown University
Admissions: 863-2378,
Continuing Studies: 863-7900,
Pre-College Summer@Brown is about challenge, discovery and new friends. Each summer, talented high school students from around the world come to Brown to prepare for college success, and experience life as a student on an Ivy League campus. Visit:

Bryant College
1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield.
The Executive Development Center at Bryant University: 232-6200,

Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)
Center for Workforce and Community Education: 825-2000,
Includes Institute for Leadership & Organizational Training, Workforce Training & Corporate Education, Distance Learning and more.

Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence.
Continuing Education Programs: Whether your interest is professional development, a career transition, personal enrichment or academic growth, Johnson & Wales University continuing education programs will enable you to achieve your goals.

New England Institute of Technology
2500 Post Road, Warwick.
One New England Tech Blvd., East Greenwich.

Providence College
1 Cunningham Square, Providence.
School of Continuing Education: 865-2487,
Providence College (PC), founded jointly in 1917 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and the Dominican Friars, is located on a 105-acre campus in Providence, R.I.

Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence.
Continuing Education: 456-8091
Rhode Island College offers a wide range of professional development courses and workshops each semester and summer for students and working professionals. The College also offers certificate programs that provide focused study and expertise in several professional areas.

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
2 College Street, Providence.
Continuing Education: 345 S. Main Street, Providence: 454-6200,
RISD Continuing Education (RISD|CE) offers a rich array of noncredit courses and workshops in traditional and digital art and design for adults, teens and children. Classes are for students of all skill levels, from beginner through advanced, and are offered for personal or professional enrichment. Certificate programs are available in a wide variety of art and design subjects. In addition, courses are offered in art history and appreciation, appraisal studies, and the business of art and design, as well as culinary arts and entertaining, home and garden design, and fashion. Additional programs include the Pre-College Program, Summer Studies and Study Abroad Programs, and Career re:Design.

Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd., Bristol
School of Continuing Studies: 254-3530

Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport.

University of Rhode Island (URI)
URI Feinstein Providence Campus:
Located in the heart of downtown Providence in a historic building, the University’s Providence Campus offers programs for adult and traditional age students in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Students who have children ages 3-6 may apply to our on-site Child Development Center (CDC). Scholarships are available for matriculating students and some scholarships are also available for children attending the CDC.