The Providence Mom Guide to Private and Preschools in Rhode Island and Beyond

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Where should I send my child to school? It’s one of the most frequent questions we get at Providence Moms Blog. We get emails about it. It’s asked in our Community + Conversation Group, you contact us on Facebook and even on Instagram, always wondering the same thing: How do I figure out which school will be the right fit for my child and my family?

It is a tremendously daunting process, and while we can’t tell you which school will be perfect for you, we CAN take some of the legwork out of researching what is out there.

The Providence Mom Guide to Schools in Rhode Island is a comprehensive list of local Private and Preschools and has been updated for 2020. Check out our guide, (please note, schools are arranged according to geographical location at the bottom) save it for future reference, and use some of the time we’ve saved you to kick back and relax for a few minutes.

The Gordon School

Gordon School is a forward-thinking and socially focused school for families looking to raise children to think, question, lead, and collaborate confidently in an increasingly complex world. Students from nursery school to eighth grade engage in a challenging and inspiring multicultural curriculum that fuels their innate curiosity and promotes social and emotional growth. Gordon is in East Providence on a twelve-acre campus with 70% open space; outdoor exploration and play are a part of every student’s day. Learning takes place among a diverse population of students and teachers who reflect the many cultures in the greater Rhode Island community. Gordon graduates are intellectual leaders and joyful learners with true empathy: young people who will make a positive impact on their world.

The Wheeler School

The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence, and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.

216 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

Lincoln School

Lincoln is an independent school in Providence, Rhode Island that is leading the way in all-girls education. Offering a rigorous and exciting learning experience that blends tradition with innovation, Lincoln is the nation’s only independent school for girls rooted in Quaker values, providing a unique girls-first educational community for grades 1 through 12, and a coed program from six weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. Here, students learn, achieve, and explore with joy and curiosity, embracing academic challenge, speaking their minds, and discovering who they are—all within a strong and supportive community. Our students come from the greater Providence area and beyond, and represent diverse backgrounds and religious traditions. Together, they grow in confidence and in character, and delve into futures full of meaning and success at every level of their academic journey and beyond. Welcome.

301 Butler Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
United States

(401) 331-9696

School One

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School One is an independent high school located on the East Side of Providence serving families from a variety of social and financial backgrounds from all across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. We offer a learning community that emphasizes a student-centered approach, focusing on challenging academics in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. Attend one of our Open Campus events on January 30, 2019 or March 27, 2019 from 9-10:15 a.m. to get to know our community, unique curriculum, our faculty and students.

School One Fast Facts:

o Grades 9-12
o Small classes and personalized advising
o College preparatory and arts-focused
o Inclusive and diverse community
o Affordable tuition with generous financial aid
o Rolling admissions

The Croft School

The Croft School exists to engage our students and their families in a unique and exceptional schooling experience by treating each moment as an opportunity to teach, support, and inspire. We are a tight-knit, diverse community committed to tackling challenges inside the classroom and throughout our city. Our teachers, the pillars of our students’ daily experiences, provide a balanced, rigorous, student-centered education that prepares children to excel in and productively contribute to a rapidly-changing world. Our graduates emerge from Croft as problem solvers who possess exceptional academic skills, a strong sense of self and purpose, and a passion for lifelong learning.

The Croft School
179 Wayland Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02906

(401) 248-7111

Ocean State Montessori School

Located in East Providence, Rhode Island, the Ocean State Montessori School offers Montessori programs for children in preschool through sixth grade, as well as extended day programs and vacation and summer camps. Founded in 1973, we are the oldest Montessori school in Rhode Island. Montessori Education fosters independence, self-esteem, social awareness, problem solving, and creative thinking — characteristics that will benefit students throughout their educational journey and beyond.

100 Grove Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
United States

(401) 434-6913

Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES)

RITES helps students and their families relieve anxiety and stress triggered by diagnosed and unknown learning challenges, such as Dyslexia, ADHD, NLD, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and more.
RITES also offers enrichment and skill-building for high-achieving students; for example, SAT/ACT and high school subject tutoring to increase grades.
RITES works with families throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
The high quality and uniqueness of RITES summer programs have attracted families from other states and foreign countries who have traveled to RI to attend.
*Reading * Writing *Math *Study Skills *Test Prep *Dyslexia *ADD *Orton-Gillingham *Child Advocacy *Study/Organizational Skills
*Summer Classes

334 East Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
United States

(401) 723-4459

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Comprehensive List of Rhode Island Private and Preschools