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New K-8 charter school applying to open in Providence in 2021

Connecting student learning with the larger world, the City of Providence becomes an extension of our classrooms. Read more.

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Stay tuned for enrollment information (coming this winter)

If you are a Providence resident, and your child will be entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 6th grade we are excited for you to apply. Applications will be made available this winter pending approval from RIDE!

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Our School Is Dedicated To

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Hands-on, student-centered learning
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Restorative-justice

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What if school could be…?

We believe in the power of asking “What if?” to effect change, to inspire, and to reimagine what education can look and feel like, for all our children.

Discover more about our values

Update on the status of Wangari Maathai Community School

An application to open our school was resubmitted to the RI Department of Education on September 28, 2020. After an in-depth review process, the RI Council on Elementary and Secondary Education will vote this winter on whether or not to reapprove our proposal.

Public Comments now being accepted through December 1st

Ways you can support us:

1. Sign-up to speak at our next public hearing, Wed. Oct. 28 between 6-7pm;
Zoom link*

2. Submit a written comment or email:

*Speakers each have up to two minutes and must sign-up in advance.

WMCS Fast Facts

Wangari Maathai Community School:

  • Free, K-8 public charter school for Providence students
  • Leadership team committed to hiring a staff reflective of our student body
  • Hands-on, project-based, student-centered curriculum
  • Sustainability and environmental stewardship focus
  • Restorative-justice model for conflict resolution
  • Strong commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion

"It's the little things citizens do that will make a difference. My little thing is planting trees."

-Wangari Maathai
the Kenyan founder of the Green Belt Movement and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

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