Opening in August of 2013, Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy is a college-preparatory public charter school that will work from day one to prepare students, even its youngest children, for success in college and beyond. The elementary school will be part of a network of highly successful K-12 Achievement First schools currently located across Connecticut and Brooklyn, NY. At Achievement First, students are provided with a rigorous academic and character development program that includes a longer school day and year, uniforms, and meaningful parent involvement.
Learn more in this radio interview with the director of school operations on Lite Rock 105 and WPRO-FM: Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary.
Read about us in Providence en Espanol and The Valley Breeze.
In its introductory year, Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy will open with kindergarten and first grade, adding an additional grade in each of the following years until it is a fully enrolled K-4 elementary school. All students will be admitted through a blind lottery that will include preferences for low-income families. We will serve all students, regardless of special needs, language or citizenship. There are no admission requirements or interviews, and there are no admission or tuition fees.
Achievement First’s inaugural Rhode Island school will be located in Providence, but the school will also serve the communities of Cranston, Warwick and North Providence. Any and all students from those communities will be eligible for our lottery (to be held in the spring of 2013).
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy will provide students with the academic and character skills they to need to graduate from top colleges, succeed in a competitive world and serve as the next generation of leaders in our communities. At Achievement First, we embrace that we are a reflection of our community. In every community there is work to be done, and in every heart lies the power to do this work.
Our students can and will start on the journey to lead true change in their communities and themselves from day one. In order to achieve this, we will equip students with a college-focused education infused with community leadership projects that will teach them to honor their unique gifts and voices and those of their communities—school, peer, city and family. Through joyful, student-centered, rigorous instruction, unwaveringly high academic and character expectations for all students, and an appreciation and celebration of each child as an individual, we will develop self-confident leaders who believe they can forge the path to accomplish any goal they set to better themselves and their communities—now and in the future.
Morgan Carter is the founding principal of Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary. To prepare for this role, she participated in rigorous leadership training through Achievement First’s principal-in-residence program and KIPP’s School Leadership Program. Over the last six years, Ms. Carter helped drive student achievement at Amistad Academy Elementary in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was a founding teacher, grade level chair and academic dean. She earned a B.A. in history with a secondary teaching endorsement from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in elementary literacy and math from Walden University. Ms. Carter is excited to work closely with Rhode Island families and communities to help students from Providence, North Providence, Cranston and Warwick climb the mountain to college. She is also looking forward to helping her students understand the unique strengths of each community as they grow to become leaders in Greater Providence and the world.
Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy's board of directors is a talented and experienced group of professionals. The board's strong expertise in multiple fields—education, community development, business, law, youth programming and finance—allows it to provide strong governance and oversight of the school. The board includes members who have a deep understanding of the Achievement First approach.
A schedule for all meetings for the 2012-13 school year is below. All meetings will take place at the offices of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP (50 Kennedy Plaza).
November 29, 2012 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.): agenda | minutes
January 31, 2013 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.): agenda | minutes
February 11, 2013 (6:30 - 7:00 p.m.): agenda | minutes
March 28, 2013 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.): agenda | minutes
May 30, 2013 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.): agenda | minutes
July 25, 2013 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.): agenda | minutes
Officers and Directors:
Mayor Angel Taveras, Chair
Reverend Jeffrey Williams
Judge Jorge Elorza
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