· Independent middle school, grades three through eight
· Located in South Providence, Rhode Island
· Founded in 1984
To challenge minority and low-income children of Rhode Island to succeed in college-preparatory high-school programs and to become community leaders.
153 students (enrollment in 1984 was 25).
· 34% Latino/a
· 30% African-American
· 17% Bi-Racial
· 11% Caucasian
· 7% Asian
· 1% Native-American
Typical class size
· 18 students
97% of Community Prep graduates have been accepted into college-preparatory high-school programs (656 graduates to date). Many have been accepted to independent schools across New England, including: Brewster, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, Concord Academy, Cushing, Deerfield Academy, Dublin, Fryeburg, The Governor's Academy, Hebron, LaSalle, Lincoln, Milton, Miss Porter's, Moses Brown, Northfield Mt. Hermon, Phillips Academy, Pomfret, Providence Country Day, St. Andrew's, St. George's, St. Mary Academy-Bay View, St. Raphael School, Westover School, Wheeler, Windsor and Worcester Academy. Our graduates have received more than $19 million in scholarship assistance from the schools they are attending. 83% of our college-age alumni are attending or have graduated from college.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Due to space and fiscal constraints, the school must currently turn away two out of every three applicants. However, every student who is accepted is welcome regardless of the family's ability to pay the $14,000 tuition. 90% of the students receive substantial financial aid. 80% of the school's operating budget is funded through donations; tuition covers only 20 percent. (Traditional independent schools generate 80 to 90 percent of their budgets from tuition.)
Interdisciplinary theme-based units promote coherent and compelling learning. Students are challenged to become careful thinkers and creative problem solvers. Much of the work in classes is done in small, cooperative groups.
Student-parent-teacher conferences are held each trimester. The students set goals and their parents and teachers help them design plans to accomplish them.
Community service is incorporated into the curriculum and is required of every student. Students have volunteered at nearby senior centers, taught pond ecology to pre-schoolers, participated in community anti-arson and adopt-a-tree programs and a house-painting project.
Dan Corley and Robert W. Hahn