They’ve Got College on Their Minds


Upper School principal, Celeste Terry-Lo, joins 12th graders Johnny Torres and Christian Araujo and Genevieve Schultz, Academic Dean, at the 6th annual College Fair held at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

Thirty five Paul Cuffee 11th and 12th graders accompanied by Ms. Terry-Lo, Ms. Schultz, and Ms. Thoma joined thousands of other RI students in the 6th Annual College Fair at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket recently to collect materials and speak with representatives from more than 100 colleges from all across the Northeast.

Feedback from many college representatives was that the Cuffee students were well-prepared with intelligent, on point questions both about the colleges’ academics as well as financial aid and truly stood out among the 5600 students who participated.

Johanny Castillo

PCS senior, Johanny Castillo, beams with joy after having been accepted on the spot in “Instant Decision” by Wheeling Jesuit College in West Va.

Meanwhile, in a new program instituted this year at the Upper School called “Instant Decision”, senior Johanny Castillo was accepted “on the spot” to Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. The program considers candidates’ SAT scores and GPA and makes an offer of acceptance early and on the spot.

While thrilled to be accepted, Johanny, who wishes to pursue pre-med in the hopes of becoming an OB-GYN, is also applying to Stonehill, University of New Haven, Wheaton, Brown, URI, and RIC. She applied for Instant Decision to Wheeling because she wanted to see what the application process entailed.

Cuffee Academic Dean, Ms. Schultz, hopes to bring other Instant Decision Colleges to campus. “It’s all about building a college culture,” she remarked. “In fact, later this month, all Upper School students will have a chance to visit colleges in the area to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be accepted to and attend college. For many Cuffee students, it means the opportunity to be the first in their family to attend and graduate from a 4-year institution.”


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%