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.

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

Enrollment
142 Students
Average class size: 18 
47% Male, 53% Female
59% are children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, representing 41 countries
 
Student residences
62% 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
97% 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. 83% of our college-age alumni are attending or have graduated from college.

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.)

Curriculum
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.

Founders
Dan Corley and Robert W. Hahn