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From Community Prep to Classical High School and beyond

Preparing our students to be informed, hard-working, and motivated individuals is central to our curriculum. By challenging our students to become confident, independent learners, we prepare them for success beyond the classroom.

We are very pleased to announce that 28 of our 30 Providence students were accepted to Classical High School this year. Classical is a highly rated, public magnet school serving students in Providence, R.I. To be eligible for admission to Classical, the student must be a Providence resident and pass an entrance exam. Though approximately 1,000 students apply each year, only about 300 students are granted admission. Classical's Admissions Committee individually evaluates each student's profile to determine which applicants are most likely to succeed as a student there.

Since 2008, Community Prep has graduated 314 Providence residents. Of which, 92% (289) were accepted to Classical and 184 chose to continue their education there. 

Ashlee Reyes, co-director of graduate placement and alumni relations, met with Sayee Campbell, Community Prep Class of 2012, and Classical High School Class of 2016. Sayee reflected on how Community Prep and Classical influenced her both inside and outside the classroom. 

"Community Prep and Classical both made me feel important and showed me I am capable of whatever I set my mind to. Community Prep taught me perseverance and the importance of hard work, which allowed me to succeed throughout high school and college,” Sayee said.

"Even today, if I ever have a problem, I know I can rely on my teachers from Community Prep to encourage and support me. For example, I remember calling Kiwe Husband [Director of Admissions and Student Activities] during my first semester of college for guidance. I am really grateful for the relationships facilitated through my time there.”

Sayee recently graduated from the nursing program at the University of Rhode Island and is beginning her career in the comprehensive transplant unit at The John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. Sayee credits her drive and determination to the supportive communities of Community Prep and Classical.