Teaching and Learning at the Upper School
(Grades 9-12)

Paul Cuffee’s Upper School nurtures the development of individuals within a vibrant and supportive community of learners. We provide a rigorous curriculum focused on the development of independent, critical thinkers and involved citizens. We empower students to change their own behavior and take responsibility for their learning and we support them in learning the skills necessary to do so.

All students have a home base, or advisory, where they report first thing in the morning to meet and prepare for the day. Once a week, students have an extended advisory period where they focus on college and career preparedness, discuss social-emotional issues that face adolescents, and support one another and the community. The advisor serves as each student’s primary advocate and communicator between home and school. The advisor keeps track of the student’s academic and behavioral progress and supports the student in a variety of ways.

Each grade level has a team of teachers who work closely together and meet frequently to monitor and support student growth.

The curriculum and grading at the Upper School are designed to help students succeed in meeting state and school standards of achievement. We work to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the school’s graduation requirements, which are based on the requirements of the Rhode Island Department of Education.

PCS BY THE NUMBERS

Average class size: 18
Current enrollment: 774
Annual enrollment growth since 2001: 37%
Faculty with advanced degrees: 67%

What really touches me is the sense that the Cuffee staff really love my child. He feels safe, and happy, and confident at school. He feels like a treasured part of a larger whole.

Katie Silberman, parent