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AACt now!

The AACt now! Capital Campaign will raise $14 million for Community Preparatory School’s expansion and scholarship endowment – while also funding our Head of School search and providing ongoing support for the Annual Fund.

Nearly 40 years ago, Dan Corley sat in his living room with a group of parents and community leaders to create a middle school. He chose the name "Community" to emphasize parent, volunteer, and neighborhood participation – as well as the diversity of the student body. Parents selected "Preparatory" to stress academic commitment. In the fall of 1984, Community Preparatory School opened with 25 students and three teachers in rented classrooms at the John Hope Settlement House.

Community Prep's growth and progress – a constant upward trajectory – reflect its evolving maturity. Today, the school proudly recognizes 958 graduates and a faculty of 15 dedicated educators. Its cherished 'Beloved Community' has been thoughtfully nurtured and continues to provide students with academic rigor and exceptional opportunities. It is no coincidence that 97% of Community Prep's graduates have been accepted to competitive college preparatory high school programs.

While it seems unimaginable, a historic moment of transition is on the horizon: Dan has announced he will retire at the completion of the 2023-2024 school year.

Dan Corley's entrepreneurial spirit and determination are as legendary as his energy. And Dan is committed to one last major campaign to complete his vision: to transition the school's physical plant to a full-service campus commensurate with its academic reputation to house extracurricular activities, community participants, and – most importantly – to ensure that every Community Prep student has a welcoming haven for their development.


Converting a vision to reality requires planning, sound strategy, and often bold steps.

When the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose to acquire every property on its side of the street, Dan and the Board of Trustees did not hesitate to act and purchased #22 and #32 Tanner Street resulting in ownership of all the footage of its block. This tactical acquisition guaranteed:

Access to connect the north and south side of CP’s property

Secure pathways for youngsters walking to and from classrooms throughout the campus

Ability to fence the entire property for the safety and security of students and faculty

Additional footage and the requisite land to construct an Arts and Athletic Center


135 Prairie Avenue
Providence, RI 02905

P. (401) 521-9696
F. (401) 521-9715

Located on the southside of Providence, Community Preparatory School is an independent middle school for grades 4-8.

Since 1984, Community Preparatory School has committed to nurturing an environment of cultural and economic diversity.

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