Blackstone Academy Charter School
|Blackstone Academy Charter School|
|334 Pleasant Street
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
|School type||Public Charter high school|
|Motto||"A community of learners."|
|School district||Pawtucket School District|
|Color(s)||White and Black|
|Communities served||Pawtucket and Central Falls|
Blackstone Academy Charter School, Inc. hosts a high school and affiliated programs. Our high school serves students from Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island. The school began in 2002 and grew out of the over-twenty-five-year-old SPIRIT Educational Program, an educational enrichment program for students from Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls.
History and Quick Facts
Planning for BACS began in the late 1990s after a group of educators and non-profit leaders involved with the SPIRIT Educational Program recognized a need for a small alternative secondary school in the communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls. Through their work with SPIRIT, they saw the success of strong student-teacher relationships and the value of connecting learning to the community. They also sought to address the high drop-out and low college attendance rates for students in these cities. After visiting and researching other small schools locally and nationally, the group wrote and submitted its charter to the Rhode Island Department of Education in the fall of 2000. BACS opened on September 16, 2002. Many people contributed ideas and concepts that created the school. The founding group included Doc Augusta, Kyleen Carpenter, Stacy Joslin, Liz Newton, Cynthia Roberts, Carolyn Sheehan, and Bob Wooler. Most of them work at the school today.
Total Enrollment: 165 students Grades: 9 - 12 Free/Reduced Lunch: 78% Student Ethnicity: Hispanic: 43% White: 34% Black: 21% Asian/Pacific Islander: 1% Native American/Alaskan: 1% Special Education Population: IEP: 20% 504 Plan: 13% 100% BIG-X Faculty & Staff: Full-time teachers: 12 Part-time teachers: 6 Administrators: 2 Special Education Director: 1 Technology Coordinator: 1 Support Staff: 4 Staff with advanced degrees:11
|NECAP Assessments||Year||% Proficient School||% Proficient State|
|11th grade Math||2011-12||32%||30%|
|11th grade Reading||2011-12||79%||76%|
|11th grade Writing||2011-12||46%||51%|
BACS is an independent charter school that is an incorporated, private non-profit 501c3 organization governed by a Board of Directors. This board of directors reports directly to The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) and is empowered in ways similar to a school committee. Blackstone Academy Inc. is a local educational authority (LEA) and has no formal affiliation with local school districts.
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