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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Providence Public Schools is a public school district located in Providence, RI. It has 23,983 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 14% of students are at least proficient in math and 18% in reading.
About Providence Public Schools...
Address
797 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone
(401) 456-9211

Providence Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
18%
Percent Proficient - Math
14%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1060
685 responses
Average ACT
28
42 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
23,983
Free or Reduced Lunch
86.8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,656
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$426,225,000
Expenses Per Student
$18,879/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    54%
  • Support Services
    42%
  • Other
    4%

Providence Public Schools Reviews

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I attended the Providence Public School district for 12 years. In those twelve years I was faced with a multitude of adversities that did not enrich nor improve my experience. Between the molding ceilings to the teachers falling asleep in the classroom, PPSD hardly prepared me for my upper education. As I move into my college years I feel underprepared in basic skills such as writing an essay, grammar, basic mathematics, and an understanding of history. While I understand it is unreasonable to ask the Providence Public School Department to fix all of these issues overnight, I do think they should be more careful with the teachers the hire and budget more accordingly to the students need.
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My four year experience at Central High School has been ecstatic. I have loved everything about it, the students, teachers, faculty, staff and clubs! The teachers are very helpful and supportive when a student needs help. The teachers devote their time to the students and make them feel cared for. One thing I would change is the four block schedule. I believe that the four block schedule minimizes the amount of AP classes students can take. For instance, I have taken 5 AP classes throughout my entire high school experience but I would have loved to take more. However, I couldn't because of the four block schedule. Also, not only does the four block schedule decrease the amount of AP classes I've taken but Central also doesn't provide different choices of AP classes. I believe that Central shoud add more AP classes that way students are challenged and prepared for college. Central high school has been an outstanding school that creates unity among the students!
Since I have grown up in Providence my whole life I experienced all stages of The Providence School System. Elementary school was great, went to an amazing school that had a lot of fun things to do and a fairly new school at the time. Middle school was a bit of a hit or miss, I always did well in school but I didn’t really feel like I was fitting in with the kids at my school. I always managed to get good grades even though I had a rocky attendance which confused staff. High school is where it was the best for me and had the most fun. I went to a internship based school where we explored what we were interested in. I learned a lot and gained a few certifications along the way. Providence school system was pretty good in my opinion but lacked in areas like sports and clubs.