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Education


The School System

            The East Greenwich Public Schools, directed by Superintendent Charles E. Meyers, consists of six schools.  There are four elementary schools, two for grades K-3 and two for grades 4-6.  Grades 7 and 8 attend Archie R. Cole Middle School and there is one comprehensive high school for grades 9-12.  High school students interested in vocational education enroll in the Regional Vocation Center in the adjacent city of Warwick,

The mission of the East Greenwich Public Schools is to maximize individual potential in pursuit of personal and academic excellence.  Its vision includes a learning community that models shared leadership, respect for individuals, and collaborative practices.  The district supports research and data driven instructional strategies and common assessments to improve student achievement.  Students actively participate in a nurturing and student-centered environment which fosters open communication, cooperation, higher order thinking skills, and collaboration.  Our community is collectively responsible for supporting education and serves as a model of excellence for all.

Realizing that quality education requires both commitment and resources, East Greenwich has been proud to have its school budget supported by the town citizens.  A new budget goes into effect in July.

The 2400 students are served by 350 certified and non-certified personnel.  The class size maximum for grades K-3 is 21 students.  The class size for maximum for grades 4-6 is 26 students.

East Greenwich Public Schools are recognized for achievement and innovation in core academic subjects as well as areas such as the visual and performing arts, special education, and a gifted and talented program for elementary students.  All six schools are classified as High Performing by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

A variety of co-curricular activities are available for students in grades 7-12, including intramural and interscholastic athletics, performing arts activities, student publications and student government.

East Greenwich High School consistently ranks as one of the top schools in Rhode Island.  One criteria contributing to this is the high achievement of students on the SAT college entrance examination.  Ninety five percent of the high school class of 2008 enrolled in institutions of higher education, with 87% attending four year colleges.

Eldredge Elementary School and Archie R. Cole Middle School are nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, achieving this honor in 1993 and 1989 respectively and Cole was also honored in 2004.

Parental involvement through the Parent teacher Group (PTG) is high.  Each school publishes a parent newsletter on a regular basis.

The Central Office consists of a Superintendent of Schools, a Director of Administration, Director of Special Education, Director of Technology, Director of Facilities and a clerical staff which processes transportation, human resources, purchasing, budget transactions, curriculum development and special education.

Registration for students entering elementary and secondary school (kindergarten through grade 12) is conducted at the central office.  Registration continues at the central office during the summer.  At registration students are requested to present a birth certificate or passport, certification of East Greenwich residency and an immunization record indicating inoculation against pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio.  Immunization is mandated by Rhode Island Law.  Failure to comply may result in exclusion from school.

Cultural Organization Of The Arts (COA)

                        The Cultural Organization of the Arts (COA) is a non-profit group that brings live, quality performance art to all of the East Greenwich students.  Program funding is provided by donations from parents, the school department and school PTG’s.  Unlike other nonprofit groups, 100% of your contribution goes directly to student programming.

            COA’s programs are intended to produce active and participating listeners and view and to help children develop an early understanding and appreciation of performing arts in all off its diverse cultural forms.  Over the past 20 years, COA has introduced thousands of students to everything from mime, modern dance, music and marionettes to one-person shows, opera and oil-can bands.  The group also sponsors school drama productions and assists in making cultural field trips possible for all pupils within the school district.

            COA now maintains a permanent site at http://my02818.com/communities/professional/arts_and_theater where you can access updates of COA performances and make an easy one-click donation.

            Membership is open to anyone interested in promoting cultural arts in education.  For more information, write COA, P.O. Box 258, East Greenwich, RI 02818 or e-mail  lisa_coa@yahoo.com

Drug Free Schools

            The East Greenwich Public Schools participate in the Drug Free Schools and Community Act.   The Health Curriculum (K-12) includes substance abuse education, with students completing a variety of activities that give them the knowledge and skills for avoiding drugs, alcohol and tobacco.   In 1989 the Archie R. Cole Junior High School was declared a Drug Free Zone and participated as a pilot school in the state Attorney General’s “Straight to School” program.  School Department personnel work closely with the town’s Drug Abuse Counselor and with individuals and groups interested in bringing about a drug-free environment.  In 1995 Archie R. Cole Junior High School, George R. Hanaford School and East Greenwich High School were recognized as National Drug-Free Schools by the U.S. Office of Education.         


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Parochial and Private Schools

Our Lady of Mercy School

            Our Lady of Mercy, located on Fourth Avenue, was founded in 1950 and is operated by Our Lady of Mercy Parish.  Enrollment for 2006-2007 is 429

            Mission Statement:  Our Lady of Mercy School provides a spiritual and nurturing environment which builds a solid academic foundation and supports the community, all in the Roman Catholic tradition, following Our Lord’s example of love nd kindness, so that MERCY may flourish.

            “OLM” offers a full curriculum for the academic, spiritual and social development of students in grades Pre-K-8.  Modern Language, Drama, Sports and Robotics, Science Olympaid and Mock Trial, enrich the core curriculum.  Applications for the 2010-2011 year are accepted in January 2010.

            Before and after school care is available from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m..  The Principal is Sister Jeanne Barry, RSM.  For information and application call 884-1618.  www.olmschool.org

Rocky Hill School.

            Rocky Hill School is a coeducational, family-oriented school for 360 students in preschool through grade 12, serving communities within reach of its magnificent Narragansett Bay waterfront campus.  In a true country day school setting, Rocky Hill students experience a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum coupled with small classes, accessible faculty, a diverse program and an engaging environment.

            One of the many legacies that distinguish life at Rocky Hill School is our spirit of community.  We aim to uphold the ideal of a family school, where all of us – teachers, staff members, administrators, students and parents – share a common responsibility for maintaining an atmosphere of educational excellence in which children can grow and learn to know themselves as valued members of our community.

            Come visit Rocky Hill’s campus.  Step into historic Hopelands and view the panoramic mural of our surrounding landscape as it appeared over one hundred years ago.  Walk along our stone walls and imagine the aspirations of men and women whose lives helped to forge the heritage of this state.  Speak with students and faculty who, today are redefining the standards for excellence in education.  We believe you will find a vibrant country day school, where new and exciting educational opportunities are unfolding for our young people every day.  Visit us online at www.rockyhill.org

Preschools

Aim High Early Learning Center

Aim High Early Learning Center is a Department of Education licensed preschool offering morning, afternoon and full day classes for children between the ages of 2 years to 6 years.  Our highly trained and dedicated teachers welcome children to approach learning in a creative, hands-on way.  We believe children learn through play and thrive in a warm and nurturing environment that respects each child’s individual needs.

Our students participate in a structured gymnastics class with our USAG Safety Certified instructors once a week as part of the curriculum.  On days where we are unable to go outside due to weather, we have a large state of the art gymnastics facility at our disposal.  Therefore, children participate in an active element every day!

Aim High also offers Enrichment Programs in the early afternoon for preschoolers and kindergarten children to give them the opportunity to reach beyond regular classroom activities.  We hope to bring a sense of life awareness by offering your child the pleasures of science, art, music, sports and gymnastics.

The Early Learning Center is located within Aim High Academy at 3355 South County Trail.  For more information please call 886-7827 or reference our web site at www.aimhighacademy.com.

Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative Pre-School

            The Barbara M. Tufts Co-operative Preschool is in its  42nd year of operation.  It provides a nursery school program for 3,4 and 5 year olds, which promotes cognitive growth, emotional well-being, fine and gross motor development, a positive self image, socialization and self / help skills.   The staff endeavors to respond to individual needs of children by providing many firsthand experiences where children discover, express themselves, solve problems and develop concepts.

            The daily routine is complemented by field trips.  There are two sessions – mornings from 9-11:30 and afternoons from 12:30 to 3:00.  There is a pre-K program four afternoons a week.  

            The school is located in the church house of the United Methodist Church, 1558 South County Trail.  For more information please call 885-2132 or 884-5779.

East Greenwich Preschool

            Established in 1978, the East Greenwich Preschool is a traditional style schoolhouse, nestled in a rural setting.  The school offers creative preschool programs for children 3 to 5 years old and an after school science program for kindergartners.

            The preschool recognizes the need of each child to learn and grow and their own individual rate, while fostering a strong, positive self-concept.  Children are encourage to explore, experiment and creatively express themselves as individuals, with friends, and as part of a group.

            An important part of the program is exposure to our world through special guest visits and presentations.

            At East Greenwich Preschool, children play, learn, see and grow!  Also offered is a “Mothers Day Out” program, which enables children to attend for the day from 9 to 2

            The school is located at 167 Tillinghast Road.  The director is Amey W. Larrat.  For more information call 884-8964 or visit  www.eastgreenwichpreschool.com       

Happy Hearts Learning Center

            Happy Hearts Learning Center is a state approved preschool, co-owned and directed by Pam Noble and Ann Millard.  Together they have more than 30 years of teaching and directing experience, with degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Reading and Studio Arts.  The staff is highly professional, motivated, dedicated and loving, with a teacher and assistant teacher in each classroom.  Parental input and participation are warmly encouraged.

            Our facility, at 2608 South County Trail, is accessible from Routes 95, 4 and 2.  Two buildings and two playgrounds provide plenty of space in which to learn and grow.  The Cottage, the smaller of the two buildings, is an historic schoolhouse that is classroom space for our three year old classes.  The Learning Center, the larger building, accommodates our two-year-old, four-year-old and Kindergarten Enrichment classes.

            The programs offered include:  Choice of morning or afternoon classes for 2-5 year olds. A unique Kindergarten Enrichment Class. Early drop-off for morning students, beginning at 8:00 am. In session Monday – Friday, beginning the Monday after Labor Day through the first week of June.  The schedule generally follows the public school calendar of major holidays and vacations. Summer Camp Sessions for 4 weeks each summer.

            For more information please call 401-885-1017 or visit www.happheartskids.com

Little Red Hen Preschool and Kindergarten

            The Little Red Hen Preschool and Kindergarten is a State Certified day school, located near Greenwich Bay.  Founded in 1948, it is the oldest established preschool in the state.

            Little Red Hen presents a variety of learning styles and offers a program which responds to each child’s individual preferences and needs.   The curriculum includes reading, language arts, social studies, art, science, music, math and physical education.   Field trips, guest professionals and specialized programs in dance, gymnastics, computers, tae kwon do, Chinese, Spanish and sign language round out the school’s curriculum

            The dedicated staff, exciting new classrooms and the modern, expansive playground comprise a well-rounded, once in a lifetime opportunity for your child. The Kindergarten program offers a challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum, either full or half day.   The 2007 Kindergarten class was the only Kindergarten in the state to receive a special award and recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the President for our part in “Protecting Our Earth”.

            Extended care services are also available.

            The Little Red Hen is located at 358 Old Forge Road, P.O. Box 226, East Greenwich.   The Principal is Jane Ann Conway.  For more information call 884-5486 or visit www.littleredhenschool.com

London Bridge Learning Academy

            The LEARNING CENTER, located at 165 Duke Street, offers quality childcare and preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years.  Our happy children are the result of a low child/teacher ratio.  We are licensed by DCYF and the Department of Education.

            The ACADEMY is located in the  train station at 146 Duke Street, providing full day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten as well as half-day kindergarten enrichment.  The kindergarten program offers a challenging curriculum, taught by a well qualified staff.  Our mission is to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude toward learning in an atmosphere that enhances social and emotional growth.  Our program is developmentally designed to meet the needs of each child.  A 1:7 teacher / child ratio is the key to our success.

            London Bridge is open 7:30 – 5:30 daily and only closes on major holidays.  Please call Janet Kenney, Director at 886-5347 to arrange a tour of our facilities.   londonbridgeeg.org

Montessori of Greenwich Bay

            Montessori of Greenwich Bay offers authentic Montessori for toddler to age 6, including Kindergarten enrichment.  We have great respect for the child as an individual, spiritual and creative being and help them to foster independence, a love of learning and a positive sense of self.

            The classrooms  are beautifully prepared, child centered environment where each child can progress at their own rate, with minimal teacher intervention.  Although children can work in groups, the use of individual materials permits a varied pace that accommodates many levels of abilities.  Mixed aged classroom provides the older children an opportunity to mentor, while the younger children can learn from the older children’s modeling.

            Unique to Montessori is the Practical Life area, where children perform everyday activities with real materials.  This helps them to better understand their world and their place in the community.  Other curriculum areas include Language, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Sensorial, Nature, Art and Music.

            A variety of program options are available, with a small teacher to student ratio.  Please contact Director Lynne Way, M. Ed. At 234-1243 or lynne.way@montessorigb.com for  more information…  www.montessorigb.com   MACTE accredited training and The American Montessori Society affiliated.

The Children’s Workshop (Formerly Child Care Connection)

            The Children’s Workshop is dedicated to providing high quality child care for infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-k and school age children.  We have created a nurturing environment where children can feel happy, confident and proud of what they accomplish. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation for children’s academic success and our programs are innovative, challenging and fun.  At The Children’s Workshop our families get all this in a community devoted to children.  We invite you to learn more about us at www.childrensworkshop.com or 401-884-0440.

The Stork’s Nest Child Academy

            The Stork’s Nest Academy provides children with a safe and nurturing environment.  It is Department of Education and DCYF approved for infants through Kindergarten.

            The goals are:  respect our children as unique and valued individuals; guide children toward development of self-discipline; design activities to enhance self esteem and positive feelings toward learning; encourage children to learn by means of choice, experimentation and problem solving; accept a partnership with parents that facilitates daily communication concerning their child; take a holistic approach to a child’s development and education: physically, mentally and socially.  Their motto is:  “It’s our pleasure to care for your treasure”.

            The Stork’s Nest is located at 2260 South County Trail, phone 886-4544.  A second facility is located at 440 George Washington Hwy, Smithfield, phone 233-2500.  A third facility and the corporate office is located at 1100 Toll Gate Road, Warwick.  Phone 828-4567

            The President is Barbara Izzo.

Other Programs

The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic

            The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic is the only nonprofit community school for the arts in Rhode Island.  It gives private instruction in voice and more than 30 instruments, including Suzuki violin, piano and guitar at St. Luke’s Church. 

            Classes are available to tots, teens and adults regardless of background, aptitude or means.  Need based scholarships are offered for students under 18 whose families meet economic guidelines.  The school is a member in good standing of the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts.

            Early childhood, group classes and ensembles run in four 7-week sessions from September to June.  Private instruction may begin at any time.  There is also a summer program.  For a catalog call the East Greenwich branch at 885-9117 or the main offices at 272-9877 or visit their website at www.ri-philharmonic.org

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich is the setting for New England Tech’s newest and largest campus! In January, 2011, students were welcomed to a state-of-the-art campus showcasing the cutting edge of technology. Located less than ten minutes from the Post Road campus, the three-floor, 265,000 square foot building set on 220+ acres, located at 1400 Division Road, is being completely renovated with more classrooms and high tech laboratories than is currently available at the Post Road campus. This new campus will eventually replace the Post Road campus while the college’s Access Road campus will remain operational.

A three-story atrium called “Tech Way” includes expansive skylights and a tranquil fish pond offering students a very open and comfortable environment to gather between classes. On the first floor off “Tech Way”, a cutting-edge computer lab equipped with high tech computers and furniture is a focal point. The food court will feature a grill, sub shop and pizza station with both indoor and outdoor seating. The Student Lounge and Game Room are located near the food court to give students the opportunity to socialize. A media presentation theater with seating for 160 people is located on this floor as well.


The move to the East Greenwich campus was completed in phases. The first phase began in January, 2011. All Allied Health programs which include Nursing, Surgical Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology, the Master of Science Occupational Therapy program, Clinical Medical Assistant Technology, and Healthcare Management Technology, is located on the third floor of the North Wing of the building. State-of-the-art laboratories allow nursing students to practice patient scenarios with life-like talking mannequins which are computer programmed to simulate real-life medical emergencies. Two operating rooms complete with scrub sink areas give Surgical
Technology students firsthand experience in assisting with a variety of surgical procedures. All Information Technology programs, including Game Development and Simulation Programming Technology, and the Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design Technology,  will move into the second floor of the North Wing. Administrative staff are available at the new campus as well as the Post Road campus. Phase 2, scheduled for the summer of 2011, the following programs moved to the second floor of the South Wing: Business Management Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Video and Audio Production Technology, Digital Recording Arts Technology, Architectural Building Engineering Technology, Interior Design Technology,
Construction Management Technology, and Electronic Systems Engineering Technology. The Humanities/Social Sciences and Math/Sciences departments moved into the third floor of the South Wing. The 27,000 sq. ft. library is tripling in size, complete with computer labs and collaborative work space. During this phase, most of the administrative, student support and executive functions of the college were relocated as well.

As stated by NEIT’s President, Richard I. Gouse, “With the rapid technological changes taking place in our global economy, we will continue to strive to provide our students with the high-quality technical career education New England Tech is known for. Our new state-of-the-art campus will enable us to continue to educate and train our students so they are well prepared for the demands in today’s competitive workplace.”


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