Quick Facts

Founded in 1984, Community Preparatory School is a private school for students in grades 4 through 8.  We serve families who value small classes and challenging academics in a nurturing environment of cultural and economic diversity. All students who are accepted are awarded need-based scholarships provided by the generosity of our donors and friends.

At Community Preparatory School, we empower our diverse student body to reach full academic and leadership potential while building a Beloved Community.

126 Students
Average class size: 18 
48% Male, 52% Female
59% are children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, representing 41 countries
Student residences
70% Live in Providence 
Others live in: Central Falls, Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Rumford, Warwick, and Woonsocket
Student backgrounds

Financial Aid

Placement and Outcomes
Ninety-seven percent of Community Prep graduates have been accepted into college-preparatory high-school programs (786 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, Rocky Hill School, 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 $24 million in scholarship assistance from the schools they are attending. Eighty-three percent of our college-age alumni--more than twice the urban public-school average--attend or have graduated from college. Learn more about the high schools, colleges and universities attended by our graduates. Read a selection of graduate profiles

Tuition and Financial Aid
Every student who is accepted is welcome regardless of the family's ability to pay the $16,000 tuition. More than 90% of the students receive substantial financial aid. Every family is expected to make a reasonable contribution to their child's tuition.

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.

Parent Involvement
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
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.

Learn more about Dan Corley and Robert W. Hahn.