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Responsible role model
hallenge & communication
rustworthiness & truthfulness

Education at Community Prep is a partnership between the school and the family. Together we help students work toward success in every aspect of life. While the school's curriculum focuses primarily on preparing students to meet the high demands of college-preparatory high schools, we also encourage social and emotional learning using the Responsive Classroom™ approach.

Parental interest, involvement, and support of students (as exemplified in the school's core values of RESPECT), are essential. The school's core values of RESPECT (Responsible Role Model, Enthusiasm, Support, Preparedness, Effort, Challenge and Communication, and Trustworthiness & Truthfulness) are outlined in the student-parent-teacher contracts. In these contracts, we promise to make the most of the Community Prep educational opportunity and to honor its core values.


Curriculum Overview

The school is divided into four learning families (4th-5th grade, 6th, 7th, and 8th). Each learning family has a faculty team responsible for teaching the four core disciplines: language arts, math, science, and social studies. Our students use Chromebooks, which are fully integrated into the curriculum, in their classrooms. In addition, all students have Spanish, health, creative arts, and physical education classes. The overarching goal of our creative arts program (music/dance, visual art) is to help students develop the ability to use skills, media, tools, and processes to express themselves in one or more of the creative arts.

At the outset of every marking period, students, parents, and teachers meet to set personal goals for the child. Students regularly review progress toward these goals. All members of the student-parent-teacher team must contribute toward achieving these goals, and the goals are assessed and modified at subsequent meetings. 

The math curriculum at Community Prep is rigorous. Students apply the big ideas from each unit of study to solve challenging, real-world problems. Students take pre-algebra in grade seven and Algebra in grade eight.

Community Prep's language department recently adopted Empowering Writers. Writing across the content areas was identified as an area needing Professional Development. Thus, the teaching staff began updating grade-level curricula and standard instructional practices. After organizing the curriculum, teachers collaborated to build consensus and vertical alignment. Part of this alignment included the integration of the Empowering Writers Program. This evidence-based program focuses on teaching teachers strategies to improve students' writing skills and reading comprehension (Empowering Writers, 2021).

In August 2022, a representative from the program gave teaching staff an introductory lesson demonstrating ways to integrate the program across the curriculum. Teachers will continue working on this alignment throughout the year. The faculty is committed to working with the Empowering Writers Program and will participate in a full-day training focused on launching into literacy. In addition, the LA department is working on creating a school-wide writing rubric and the science department is actively exploring ways to enhance vertical alignment in their curriculum.

In the summer of 2022, CP staff was trained by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). Restorative practices prioritize developing community and conflict resolution through relationship building (IIRP, 2016). Teachers use both formal and informal restorative practices. Restorative practices can be proactive or reactive and include affective statements, affective questions, small conferences, circles, and formal conferences (IIRP, 2016). Faculty integrate these practices during the school day, especially during advisory, morning meetings, and social-emotional learning.

Community service has a special place in the School's curriculum. Many of the community service projects are conducted in the immediate neighborhood - some are local school-based projects while others reach into the surrounding community. Projects have included: collecting blankets for the homeless community; a canned food drive to support the Providence Animal Rescue League; a school store that raised money for the Tomorrow Fund and an organization protecting ocean life; and a dress-down day to support the people of Ukraine. The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) planned and hosted a school dance with proceeds benefiting Youth Pride, an organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth in RI.

At Community Prep, there is far more to teaching than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Through inspired teaching, our dedicated faculty instills in students a quest for knowledge that lasts a lifetime.

Curriculum by Grade

Academic Resources


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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