A Note from the Head of School

haskins_picDear Paul Cuffee School Students, Families, Staff and Friends:

Are you ready for the most productive and satisfying school year yet? So are we! By all accounts we are off to an excellent start. We have seen a positive and smooth school opening over the past few weeks due to the planning and provisioning of our faculty, staff, and administrative team. Students across our campuses have spent time getting to know one another, their teachers, and the School’s expectations. A new school year presents the opportunity to return to work with refreshed enthusiasm and, in that spirit, I am very much looking forward to working with you and your children this year.

A major focus of our efforts this year involves the concept of democratic learning communities, where teachers routinely engage in collaborative learning in various settings including grade level teams, departments, faculty meetings, and leadership team meetings. We’ve brought aboard several new sailors to the Paul Cuffee Ship. The selection of our new administrators, teachers, and staff is due to a lot of hard work done by the principals and teachers and staff who served on several interview committees using our School’s rigorous selection process. We feel we’ve hit the jackpot with these new recruits.

We were pleased to have made some improvements on the Rhode Island state test, called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Paul Cuffee School increased the number of students scoring proficient or better by 7% in English Language Arts/Literacy, and 9% in Mathematics (a statistically significant increase). We recognize we still have great work to do and are enthusiastic about the growth in achievement as reflected in these scores.

I want to thank you for your continued commitment to our School. Here’s to a highly productive and satisfying new school year!


Christopher Haskins
Head of School


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%