Rocky Hill School

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This article is about the private school in Rhode Island. For the public high school in Connecticut, see Rocky Hill High School.

Rocky Hill School is a college preparatory school located in the Potowomut neighborhood of Warwick, Rhode Island, United States. It educates in grades preschool through 12.[1]


The school was founded in 1934 by Dorothy Marshall as a pre-primary school.[2] Nathan Hale, a descendant of the Revolutionary war hero of the same name, purchased the school in 1939.[3] The school's main campus is the former Hopelands country estate, which was acquired by the school in 1948,[4][5] and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[6]

Until at least the 1960s, the school's full name was Rocky Hill Country Day School.[7]

Peter Branch became the ninth head of school in 2013.[8]

Educational Model[edit]

This is a coeducational school that comprises three divisions, a Lower School (preschool - grade5), Middle School (6-8), and Upper School (9-12). Classes are small, with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1.[9] The total enrollment is just under 300. Because of its small size, Rocky Hill is able to give students a high level of individual attention.[1]

  • The Middle School has a 1:1 iPad program, where each middle school student has an iPad to use both at school and home[10]
  • The Upper School uses the Harkness table system.[11]
  • Upper School students and faculty are required to have laptop computers. All classrooms are equipped with projection capability. [12]
  • The Upper School uses a course management system (Moodle). [13]


  1. ^ a b "Rocky Hill School". Patch Media. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Trafford, George E. (8 December 1988). Holiday concert at Rocky Hill, Providence Journal
  3. ^ Breed, Donald D. (1 August 1998). There's a lot of history behind these East Greenwich walls, Providence Journal
  4. ^ (11 November 1996). Nathan Hale, 97; headmaster of Rocky Hill School for 22 years, Providence Journal
  5. ^ Warwick, p. 35 (1996)
  6. ^ D'Amato, Don & Spencer Terry. Hopelands, Rocky Hill School 3, Warwick Beacon (undated, story appears to date from early 1980s in context, Retrieved February 28, 2012)
  7. ^ Private independent schools, p. 979 (1963)
  8. ^,86531?search_filter=rocky+hill+school&content_class=1&town_id=1&sub_type=stories
  9. ^ (31 May 2013) Rocky Hill School Admissions
  10. ^ (31 May 2013) Rocky Hill School web site iPad Program
  11. ^ (29 February 2012) The Harkness Table
  12. ^ (31 May 2013) Rocky Hill School web site Laptop Program
  13. ^ (31 May 2013) Rocky Hill School web site Moodle

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