Each morning, the Community Prep family—students, teachers, and administrators—begins their day reciting the following words by educator Marva Collins:
"THIS DAY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME FRESH AND CLEAR. I CAN USE IT OR THROW IT AWAY. I PROMISE I SHALL USE THIS DAY TO THE FULLEST, REALIZING IT CAN NEVER COME BACK AGAIN. I REALIZE THIS IS MY LIFE TO USE OR TO THROW AWAY."
We've known for years these words speak to our students, but I was still surprised when a graduate recently told me he included this quote, and Community Prep's impact on his life, in his graduate school application essay.
With almost 40 years of experience teaching students to set high goals and achieve them, I am constantly reminded that Community Prep teaches students so much more than academics. Our school is a crossroads, where a truly diverse group of students come together to learn, share, achieve, dream, grow, create, play, and thrive, knowing they will go on to some of the best high schools and colleges in the country.
So many people's efforts make Community Prep the success it is today- students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, trustees, donors, and volunteers. I invite you to learn more about our Community Prep family, through this website and, hopefully, a visit to our school. You are always welcome.
Head of School
Founder & Head of School
For most people, community service is a pastime. For Dan Corley, school reform advocate and founder of Community Preparatory School, it is his life's work.
While a student at Brown University, Dan spent a year living with the homeless and working in soup kitchens in New York City and Washington, D.C. After graduation, he taught for a year at a Catholic school in Providence, then served as a VISTA volunteer. Upon having their first child, his wife Betsy became the first house manager for Advent House—a shelter for the homeless in Providence. Dan returned to teaching and spent five years at a school for at-risk boys in Narragansett, R.I.
In 1984, at the age of 30, Dan founded Community Preparatory School in the heart of South Providence. For almost 40 years, he has implemented and refined innovative teaching techniques that have enabled Community Prep to grow from a small, neighborhood school to a model of rigorous, inclusive urban education.
Today, Community Prep serves 134 students and has been acclaimed by The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Wall Street Journal. Ninety-seven percent of the school's graduates have been accepted into college preparatory high school programs, and 83%—more than twice the urban public-school average—re attending or have graduated from college.
Under his leadership, Community Prep has grown into a model of inclusive urban education. Yet Dan can still be found in the classroom, teaching eighth-grade math, overseeing our famous Calculator Club, and making sure our students learn how to learn.
Robert Hahn is a professor and director of economics at the Smith School at the University of Oxford; a senior fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and an associate member at Nuffield, Oxford; a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings; and a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. From 1999 to 2008, Professor Hahn served as the director of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center, a leader in policy research in law and economics, regulation, and antitrust. Previously, he worked for the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he helped design the innovative market-based cap-and-trade system for limiting smokestack sulfur emissions. He also has served on the faculties of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Hahn is a frequent contributor to leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Science, and the Yale Law Journal, as well as to general-interest periodicals, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.
Professor Hahn has served as a consultant to government and business on various issues, including regulation, competition, and strategy. He is currently conducting several field experiments aimed at encouraging cost-effective conservation of energy and water resources. In addition, Professor Hahn is co-founder of the Community Preparatory School, an urban middle school in Providence, Rhode Island, that provides opportunities for students to reach their full academic and personal potential, regardless of their family income.