Rhode Island

Student Enrollment

The Excel Academy Rhode Island school will open in the fall of 2022 for our founding 5th-grade class and grow to serve grades K-8. 

Our school will open for its founding year at 622 Woonasquatucket Ave, North Providence, RI 02911. 

We would love to welcome your child to Excel Academy Rhode Island. If you have questions, please email rienrollment@friendsofexcelacademy.org for more information. 

Application Information

Application Opens: November 23rd, 2021

Deadline to Apply: March 17th, 2022 

Eligibility: Students that reside currently in Providence, Central Falls, and North Providence.

Enroll: To enroll in a Rhode Island charter public school, a parent or guardian must first identify which communities are served by the charter to determine if a student is eligible. Next, a parent or guardian must complete and submit an application before the deadline. Following a lottery, all families will be contacted with their status.



Excel Academy Rhode Island is a tuition-free charter public K-12 school that will begin serving students in the 2022-2023 school year. Our school will serve 5th graders from the city of Providence, North Providence, and Central Falls starting in September 2022. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. Our theory of change has remained consistent: when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory.

We support youth to grow and discover who they are through rigorous, anti-racist, and identity-affirming academic curriculum.  When the whole child excels, our community excels. Excel Academy’s students have achieved remarkable success at the middle and high school levels. Excel Academy students have consistently been ranked as top performers,Meeting or Exceeding Expectationson state exams. 

At Excel Academy, we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements as needed. Over time, we have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that fosters identity development, equity for diverse learners, and social-emotional development. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff is at the core of the work we do. We are honored to be able to partner with and learn from families and community stakeholders in Rhode Island as Excel embarks its educational journey here.”

Building on our success in Massachusetts: Highlights
  • Excel Academy High School has been ranked in the top 3% of public high schools nationwide by the US News and World Report
  • At 4%, Excel Academy has a lower attrition rate than any other Boston charter public school and our sending districts. 
  • Overall, our schools perform better on the state’s MCAS than 72% of middle/high or K-12 schools statewide.
  • The percentage of our students with disabilities who meet or exceed expectations on the MCAS is double the state’s average. 
  • 20% more of our students with disabilities meet or exceed expectations on the MCAS in the 8th grade in comparison to our sending districts. 
  • 10% more of our students who are English language learners meet or exceed expectations on the MCAS in the 8th grade in comparison to our sending districts.
  • Overall the Student Growth Percentage (SGP) for students who receive Special Education services was 65, putting Excel among the top schools in the state for comparative groups.
  • Excel is beating the odds for how students grow in MCAS performance from 5th to 8th grade. Among peer charter public schools, Excel Academy students show the most growth from 5th to 8th grade on the MCAS. 
Programs  & Services

Academic Programs Offered 

  • Blended Learning Courses
  • Co-teaching model
  • Physical Education
  • Project-based Learning

Student-Selected Programs Offered

  • Advisory Morning Program
  • All-Sexualities Alliance
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Community Yoga
  • Cooking Club
  • Spirit Week Committee
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Youth Advisory Board

Student-Selected Programs Offered 

Excel Academy’s program is truly learner-centered. We will plan alongside students to establish in school programs that align with their interests. Our staff bring their content knowledge and represent art and specialized skills which include but are not limited to: athletics, culinary arts, gymnastics, figure skating, anime, and so much more. This paired with our physical education curriculum will bring an experience like no other. 

Extended School Day

Excel Academy Rhode Island is developing a school calendar that aligns with the needs of the students and families they serve. This includes an extended academic day, after-school programming, and regular weekend enrichment and academic support options. 

Transportation Description

Excel Academy Rhode Island will provide transportation options to our families. For all transportation needs please contact our Excel Academy Rhode Island Operations team. 

To find out more about our student enrollment process or general questions about our school please contact rienrollment@friendsofexcelacademy.org.

Frequently Asked Questions