Introducing the Lower School Principal

PCS is delighted to introduce Derrick Ciesla, who will be taking the reins from Wendy Randle as interim Lower School Principal. For the past four years, Mr. Ciesla served as Principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School in Providence. He also has extensive teaching and administrative experience in Boston.

Derrick Ciesla, Interim Lower School Principal

Notes Mr. Ciesla, “I believe that in order to grow both personally and professionally one must always be open to experiencing new things. I consider myself a lifelong learner; this year, I hope to learn a great deal from all of the individuals who make up the Paul Cuffee School community.”



Average Class Size: 20
Current Enrollment: 820
Students of Color: 96%
Female Students: 51%
Male Students: 49%
Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility: 82%
Multi-Language Learners: 19%
Students Receiving Special Education Services: 13%
Total Employees: 168
BIPOC: 45%
Female Employees: 75%
Male Employees: 25%