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The Providence Public School Department is the administrative force behind the primary public school district of Providence, Rhode Island. As of December 2017, it serves over 23,000 students in 43 schools, 3 annexes, 2 charter schools, and 2 centers servicing students with disabilities.[3]

Providence Public School District
Providence Public School District Logo.png
797 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

United States
Coordinates41°49′05″N 71°25′17″W / 41.818061°N 71.421433°W / 41.818061; -71.421433 (District office)Coordinates: 41°49′05″N 71°25′17″W / 41.818061°N 71.421433°W / 41.818061; -71.421433 (District office)
District information
TypePublic
MottoOpening doors to our children's futures
GradesK-12
Established1977
SuperintendentChris Maher
Schools43 schools, 3 annexes and 2 charter schools
NCES District ID4400900[1]
Students and staff
Students23,983 [2]
Teachers1954
Staff258
Student-teacher ratio27:1
Other information
Websiteprovidenceschools.org

Providence Public Schools rank third when compared to public schools in New England. Worcester Public and Boston Public are ranked 1st and 2nd.

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Vision and missionEdit

Vision

The Providence Public School District will be a national leader in educating urban youth.

Mission

The Providence Public School District will prepare all students to succeed in the nation’s colleges and universities, and in their chosen professions.

HistoryEdit

Providence civic leader John Howland established a system of free public education by means of the School Act in 1828. During the 1830s and 1840s, that system grew and prospered, especially in Providence, owing to the exertions of Samuel Bridgham, Nathan Bishop, and Thomas Wilson Dorr. Education specialist Henry Barnard was recruited as the first state commissioner of education until 1849, with the aim of bringing the other towns to the high educational level which had been achieved by Providence. Barnard observed that "the city of Providence has already gained to itself an extended reputation and made itself a bright example to many other cities."

List of schoolsEdit

Elementary schoolsEdit

As of the 2019-2020 school year

  • Bailey
  • Carnevale
  • D’Abate
  • Feinstein at Broad Street
  • Feinstein at Sackett Street
  • Fogarty
  • Fortes
  • Frank Spaziano & Annex
  • Gregorian
  • Kennedy
  • King
  • Kizirian
  • Lauro
  • Lima
  • Lima Annex
  • Messer
  • Pleasant View
  • Reservoir
  • Veazie
  • Webster
  • West
  • Young & Woods

Middle schoolsEdit

As of the 2019–2020 school year

  • DelSesto
  • Esek Hopkins
  • Gibert Stuart
  • Nathan Bishop
  • Nathanael Greene
  • Roger Willams
  • West Broadway

High schoolsEdit

As of the 2019-2020 school year

  • Classical
  • Central
  • Hope
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Juanita Sanchez Complex
  • Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School
  • Providence Career Tech Academy

Charter schoolsEdit

  • Textron Chamber of Commerce Providence Public Charter School
  • The Times2 Academy
  • Highlander Charter School
  • Paul Cuffee Charter School
  • Jorge Elorza Achievement First Sellout Academy

Centers servicing students with significant disabilitiesEdit

  • Harold A. Birch Vocational Program
  • A-Venture Academy

Student achievementEdit

Not Making Adequate Yearly ProgressEdit

According to the 2010–2011 AYP Summary Reports 50% of schools in the district are making Adequate Yearly Progress.[4] The district received the AYP Status of Not Making Adequate Yearly Progress for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.

NECAP resultsEdit

District NECAP results for 2015–16 were significantly below state averages.[4]

Subject School year Percent proficient district Percent proficient state
3rd Grade Math 2015–16 33% 56%
3rd Grade Reading 2013–14 47% 69%
4th Grade Math 2013–14 39% 63%
4th Grade Reading 2013–14 53% 70%
4th Grade Science 2015–16 17% 41%
5th Grade Math 2013–14 38% 61%
5th Grade Reading 2013–14 52% 74%
5th Grade Writing 2015–16 44% 64%
6th Grade Math 2013–14 31% 59%
6th Grade Reading 2013–14 45% 72%
7th Grade Math 2013–14 34% 59%
7th Grade Reading 2013–14 39% 69%
8th Grade Math 2013–14 34% 57%
8th Grade Reading 2013–14 48% 74%
8th Grade Writing 2013–14 32% 56%
8th Grade Science 2015–16 9% 30%
11th Grade Math 2016–17 30% 0%
11th Grade Reading 2013–14 61% 81%
11th Grade Writing 2013–14 48% 66%
11th Grade Science 2012–13 9% 30%

Graduation ratesEdit

Four-year graduation rate (students entering grade 9 in 2009–2010)[4] (as reported by the Rhode Island Department of Education)

- Year District State
Percent graduated within 4 Years 2012–13 71.4% 79.7%
Percent dropped out 2012–13 15.0% 9.1%
Percent received GED 2012–13 2.2% 2.9%
Percent still in school 2012–13 11.4% 8.3%

Five-year graduation rate (students entering grade 9 in 2008–2009)[4] (as reported by the Rhode Island Department of Education)

Graduation rates District State
Percent graduated within 4 years 65.5% 77.3%
Percent graduated in 5 years 5.1% 3.6%
Percent graduated within 5 years 70.6% 80.9%

Historic graduation rate data[citation needed] (as reported by the district)

School year Graduation rate
2005–06 71.01%
2004–05 72.98%
2003–04 65.60%
2002–03 65.70%

PopulationEdit

2010–2011 school yearEdit

District data from 2010–2011 school year[5]

DemographicsEdit

  • 14,715 or 63% Hispanic
  • 4,521 or 19% Black
  • 2,175 or 9% White
  • 1,237 or 5% Asian
  • 676 or 3% Multi-racial
  • 215 or 1% Native American

Free and reduced lunchesEdit

  • Elementary: 82% free, 6% reduced, 4% paid
  • Middle: 83% free, 6% reduced, 5% paid
  • High: 74% free, 8% reduced, 7% paid
  • Grooming: 10% free, 2% reduced, 0% paid

Universal Free Lunch Program in all middle and high schools.

Grooming Free Lunch Program in all grooming programs.

Special populationsEdit

Special Education

As of October 2019, 4,582 students in the district, ages 3–21, were identified as having disabilities.

Language programs

Program Percent enrolled Students
ESL students 53% 2,084
Bilingual students 37% 1,455
Eligible not enrolled (ENE) 9% 362
Dual language (included in bilingual totals) 3% 132
Total in program 100% 3,900

994 (19%) - Exited students being monitored

5,344 - Total with monitoring & ENE

Staff: 3,242Edit

Number Percentage Staff position
1,895 59% Teachers
757 23% Aides, bus monitors, crossing guards
224 7% Clerical support
222 7% Other
76 2% School administrators
33 1% Certified personnel
33 1% Non-certified support personnel

Teacher and administrator demographics from 2005–06Edit

Teaching staff demographicsEdit

  • 82% White
  • 7.6% Black
  • 8.8% Hispanic
  • 1.2% Asian / Pacific Islander
  • 0.4% American Indian
  • 27% Male | 73% Female

Administrator demographicsEdit

  • 62% White
  • 24% Black
  • 12% Hispanic
  • 2% Asian / Pacific Islander
  • 0% American Indian
  • 48% Male | 52% Female

Population changes over timeEdit

Student population data[6]Edit

Date Student population
2018 October 23,955
2017 October 24,075
2016 October 23,983
2015 October 23,867
2014 October 23,907
2013 October 23,827

Changes in demographicsEdit

Date Hispanic Black White Asian Multi-racial Native American
March 2014 64.3% 17.5% 8.72% 4.99% 3.11% 0.86%
February 2011 63% 19% 9% 5% 3% 1%
March 2009 59% 22% 12% 6% N/A 1%
January 2007 59% 22% 12% 6% N/A 1%
January 2006 58% 22% 13% 6.3% N/A 0.7%

FinancesEdit

BudgetEdit

FY 19-20 Budget: $395,628,201[5]

Per-pupil spendingEdit

FY 17-18 spending per pupil: $15,305[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Providence". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Totals By Grade for all Public" (PDF). Providence Public School District. Retrieved 20 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "General District Information/Who We Are". PPSD Office of Communications. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  4. ^ a b c d "InfoWorks! Rhode Island - Providence District". Rhode Island Department of Education. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "PPSD Fact Sheet 2010–2011" (PDF). PPSD Office of Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Summary District Report 2018-19". Rhode Island Department of Education. Retrieved 9 Jul 2019.

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