Celebrating the Arts at Paul Cuffee School


Top: 12th grader Elina N. croons a “secret cord” in Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as the Chorus entertains the residents of Epoch Senior Care. 10th grader Dariel A. poses before his self-portrait at the Upper School Arts Share. Bottom: 3rd graders Henry C. and Yadiel A. compose their own music using the music app, Garage Band, after receiving training at the Apple Store. 6th grader, Seleemah M. displays her artwork depicting the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

The halls are alive with the sound of music in and out of the Paul Cuffee Upper School. Under the direction of music teacher, Sybille Pierre, the upper school chorus of 20 voices performed a spring concert at the Epoch Senior Assisted Living Facility on the Blackstone Boulevard campus.  At the 6th Annual Arts Share celebration of visual and performing art, students from band, chorus and the visual arts program displayed their work from this year.  New this year, acts including performances by Mr. Epstein’s theater class, the Latin Dance Club, and a healthy body image fashion show.

At the middle school, the year’s culminating town meeting had a new twist.  Town Meeting After Dark gave more parents and families a chance to come together in the evening to enjoy their children’s performances and artwork and share a bite with fellow Cuffee families.  Each student had a visual art piece displayed for the special event.  Performances ranged from dancing and singing to poetry reading and a special performance by the MS Spanish classes.

And at the Lower School, 3rd graders, under the direction of Integrated Arts Teacher, Frances Cruz-Candelario, combined technology with the music of the spheres as they composed original music using Apple apps.  This futuristic musical endeavor was made possible by a Spark Grant, funded by the Carter Family Charitable Trust, and awarded by the Rhode Island Foundation. Click here to listen to their work.


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%