Paul Cuffee Upper School Students Become Rhody Rams for a Day

Paul Cuffee students Diamondzha Brantley and Tamika Lopes enjoy a glimpse of academic life at URI during a recent college visit.

Thirty five 9th, 10th, and 11th graders participated in URI’s Ram for a Day Program, which gives high school students a taste of college life and the benefits of a college education. For one of the activities, students created a budget based on a variety of professions. Students quickly found out that without a college degree, it would be incredibly difficult to afford some of the finer things in life, never mind basic necessities.

The students went for a campus tour, attended presentations on the benefits of attending college, the college application process and college life in general, and finished the day with a meal in the cafeteria.

For some students, this was their first experience on a college campus and their first opportunity to envision themselves as part of a collegiate atmosphere.


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%
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