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School One

Private | 8-12 | 85 students

School One is best known for our small classes and our arts-based curriculum.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $312,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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5 stars

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Posted October 20, 2013

School One is a great school. Due to the smaller size the staff is able to really get to know the students and help them develop to there fullest potential. The course offerings are challenging and interesting. What really makes School One successful is the mutuel respect between the staff and students. The staff and curriculum not only prepare them to be successful in college but in life. As a parent I am really happy with the education my son is receiving and the opportunities that he has because of School One. Transferring my son to School One in ninth grade was a life changing experience . All students should have the opportunity to attend a high school of this caliber.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

School One has been our daughter's salvation. The teachers encourage students to excel, but are accepting of individual differences. They encourage students to become critical thinkers. Since starting at School One, my daughter enjoys going to school and has not asked me to home school her, something she did daily in the public school she came from. At School One, my daughter is learning how to take responsibility for her own actions and has become a far more confident student. After being bullied at her old school, she is learning how to trust and to enjoy social interactions with her peers. She is accepted for who she is - someone who is smart, creative, kind, and who has a strong social conscience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

School One is a 5 Star school! It's a very academic non rigid high school for students to explore their individual interests and strengths in a non- judgemental warm environment for all types of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

My son is thriving at School One. Very tolerant of differences, very small classes (4-10 students), engaged faculty who really know him and care about him. The difficulty of the courses varies tremendously, but kids looking for challenge or experience can find it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

The one thing missing from a lot of schools today is the mentoring relationship fostered through the commitment to the student AS THEY ARE. You can only build with what you have and growth can only occur when we start with what we have. School One staff know what their students have. They know where to start, how to continue, and how to get to the end game with power, compassion, and respect. The courses are amazing, they cover subjects one normally can't get to until college. Students are invited to be fully self-expressed; they are physically free in ways not present in public schools. Domination is not a tool at School One, rather collaboration. I love School One.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

School One has been a tremendous experience for our family. The teachers are terrific, always going the extra mile to help students. They keep parents informed on a personal basis when there are issues. Advising has also been excellent. I recommend School One without reservation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

While I believe School One helped me greatly through my high school career, I could not help but notice the change over the years that I have been present for . Focus now seems to be on bringing in more of a diverse crowd as well as students of all mental capacities. While this is a good goal, I feel as if it becomes more of a distraction in the classroom. I'm saddened to see such a great educational experience get ruined because of these distractions .


Posted November 9, 2009

Great school. Saved my intellectual life. Gave me the voice I have today. As a student there, I was entrusted with the freedom I craved to make important decisions about my education. Cary is so helpful, Aurel is so inspiring, and Cynthia gave me the support I needed to follow my dreams at art school at the Rhode Island School of Design.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2008

School One is a tremendously tolerant and compassionate place that also has a great deal of respect of scholarship and academic inquiry. It has made a great difference, for the better, in our daughter's life. Teachers are fantastic--knowledgeable, understanding, devoted to the students. It would be nice if there was more of an athletics program, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Unique, individualized curriculum in a supportive, dynamic and creative enviroment. Not for the faint of heart. Expect to be treated like you are in college. You must be responsible and mature.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 64%
Hispanic 9% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 6% 8%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Borman, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (401) 421-8869

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • School One is a small, progressive, independent high school on the East Side of Providence that serves students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles and educational goals within a vibrant, safe and inclusive community. Our graduates successfully navigate the academic demands of competitive colleges and choose meaningful and creative careers.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$18000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 80%
Workforce - 10%
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220 University Ave
Providence, RI 02906
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Phone: (401) 331-2497

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