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Annual Report


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Annual Report


We are 573 children

Our demographics

79% Latino, 16% Black

5% White, <1% Native American or Asian

83% qualify for free and reduced lunch

32% English Language Learners

15% are special education students

61% receive academic safety net

 

Our Mission

We believe that literacy empowers

each individual to have a voice,

assume community responsibility

and take social action

 

For a print version of our annual report or to join a tour of the school

email: terri@thelearningcommunity.com

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Day of Action


Day of Action


 
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After the presidential election, our 6th, 7th and 8th graders became inspired to dig into the issues of race, gender and wealth inequity. 

 


Their strategies included proposed immigration legislation, the creation of new gender neutral bathrooms, and presentations of the minimum wage and labor protections

 

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A multitude of community and business leaders participated in this work, generously lending their advice and expertise.

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Our Families


Our Families


Our students drew portraits of their heroes. Most of them chose a parent for the remarkable sacrifices they feel their parents have made for them to have a better life. 


The incidences of overt racism and xenophobia of the last year caused our families to feel under attack. The vast majority of our families are immigrants, hailing from 34 different countries. Almost all of our families are non-white. Many fled violence, experienced trauma, and sacrificed all that was comfortable and familiar to try and better their children’s lives by coming here to the land of opportunity. Our work with families last year focused on providing a space for help, healing and community in a time of extreme pain. We worked with the legal and non-profit communities from across the state, the Central Falls School District, state agencies and others to provide direct and tangible services for our families to address their pressing needs. We committed as a team to providing not only empathy for our families in this time, but also solidarity – the act of standing alongside and facing these threats hand in hand as a true community. This work continues.

We are a learning community.. we stand in solidarity with our families.

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Academic Success


Academic Success


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We are the top performing RI urban middle school in the state standardized test last year in both English Language Arts and Math.  

We are a learning community... we show that poverty is not insurmountable.

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After School


After School


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In addition to a real science, technology, engineering, arts and math focus, our after school Exploratorium program was able to offer a rich variety of experiences for our students.

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Sports and Activities


Sports and Activities


Our baseball team, as well as our soccer & basketball teams and running clubs, provide our students an unforgettable experience learning what it means to win and lose together.

We are a learning community... we learn life lessons as a team.

 

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Teaching Studio


Teaching Studio


We are not just a school but also a Teaching Studio for other Rhode Island public schools. Our Teaching Studio client schools realized measurable gains in student performance on the state standardized test as well. 

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Our Teaching Studio also launched our own English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Certification Program, only one of a handful across the country offered by, and housed in, an elementary school experienced in working directly with ESL students.