PCS Middle School Students Add to their College-Bound Tool Kit by Joining the Cru Club


College Crusade Advisor Ethan Robson conducts leadership skills training with Middle Schoolers.

Getting into college is hard enough, but 14 of our Middle School students are getting an early start by joining the Cru Club, an after school activity sponsored by the College Crusade of Rhode Island. The College Crusade works with middle and high school inner city youth, introducing strategies and activities to keep them on track to finish high school and go on to further education.

College Advisor, Ethan Robson splits his time between Paul Cuffee Middle School and Nathan Bishop Middle School. During the school day Robson observes the “Cru Kids” in class to determine their comfort level with the subject matter and student behavior. After school, in the Club, Middle Schoolers engage in activities to enhance their social and personal development. Life skills training teaches them such things as successful conflict resolution strategies and emphasizes leadership skills. Homework Help focuses on their academic achievement.


8th grader Francheska S. sees the Cru Club as an essential tool in her quest for college admission.

Eighth grader, Francheska Soriano has been in the Cru Club since 6th grade. She aspires to go to URI and become a veterinarian. She takes full advantage of the opportunities that the Cru Club affords her, such as attending writing clinics on the weekends and not missing a Thursday meeting of the Club.


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%