Admissions Procedures and Requirements

As a public charter school, Paul Cuffee School is open to students residing in Providence regardless of socioeconomic status, academic ability, or ethnicity. Students are admitted through an open, state-monitored lottery every spring, with siblings of current students given preference. We accept applications for kindergarten through grade 12.

Requirements/Eligibility

  • Students must be residents of the City of Providence.
  • Age requirements:
    • Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten.
    • Students must be 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade.
  • Parents must complete and submit an application form by the deadline (see the Admissions Calendar).

Acceptance

Acceptance letters and required admissions forms and documentation will be mailed to students selected immediately following the lottery, which is conducted annually in March. Families are required to turn in completed forms and documentation within 15 days to confirm acceptance. If families do not provide the required documentation within this time, the space may be given to the next eligible student on the waiting list.

Students who are admitted will be required to attend a Welcome and Screening Day in May and a New Student Orientation in August.

Waiting List

Students who apply to the school but are not successful in gaining enrollment through the lottery will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn during the lottery.

Parents of students who are not selected from the waiting list by November may re-apply for the next school year by submitting a new application at that time. In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Education enrollment guidelines for charter schools, waiting lists will not be carried over from year to year. A new lottery is conducted each year.

PCS BY THE NUMBERS

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

We get to have stuff like fresh fruit & a computer lab & a playground, so I think Paul Cuffee School is one of the luckiest schools in the world.

Austin Williams, Grade 5