Blackstone Academy Charter School

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Blackstone Academy Charter School
334 Pleasant Street
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
United States
School type Public Charter high school
Motto "A community of learners."
Founded 2002
School district Pawtucket School District
Director Carolyn Sheehan
Principal Kyleen Carpenter
Grades 912
Enrollment ~165
Language English, Spanish
Color(s) White and Black
Mascot Bulldog
Communities served Pawtucket and Central Falls

Blackstone Academy Charter School, commonly known as Blackstone Academy or BACS, is an American secondary, public charter school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.[1]

About Blackstone[edit]

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[edit]

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

Academic Performance[edit]

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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Coordinates: 41°52′08.58″N 71°23′05.22″W / 41.8690500°N 71.3847833°W / 41.8690500; -71.3847833