Educational Success

Education is arguably the single most important factor in the state’s economic recovery. Jobs of the future will require critical thinking skills, analytical minds, and the ability to be forward thinkers.

Blended learning - an approach to learning that integrates teaching and technology - was developed and tested in Rhode Island at the Highlander Institute. The approach now is utilized in schools and districts throughout the state, here at Chariho Middle School.

Disparity in public education outcomes

Rhode Island currently has one of the highest per pupil spending rates in the country but ranks 30th in high school graduation. In 2013, 28 schools in five districts received the lowest classification from the Rhode Island Department of Education, meaning that they are designated for state intervention.

The disparity among student subgroups is wide. For example, 67.2% of Hispanic students and 66.1% of Black students graduated in 2010, compared to 81.9% of White students.

Our Vision

Rhode Island’s public education system can and should ensure all students graduate from high school on time, college and career ready.


  • Identify and spread best practices of proven programs in early childhood through grade 12
    An example of a grantee doing this work: The College Crusade of Rhode Island provides college preparatory programming to nearly 4,000 sixth through twelfth grade students in 31 schools in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket. (Learn more, read The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes.
  • Promote leadership development, professional development, and preparation of education professionals.
    For example: Teach For America Rhode Island recruits, trains, and places new classroom teachers in schools throughout Rhode Island’s urban core.
  • Test new and promising innovations along the early childhood to post secondary continuum
    For example: The North Providence School Department is preparing to launch a first-of-its-kind “marine trades academy” to serve seventh and eighth grade students in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Pursue strategic improvements to state and local public education systems.
    For example: The Center for Collaborative Education is working closely with more than a dozen Rhode Island high schools to design and implement rigorous performance-based assessments.

Desired Outcomes

  • Greater access to high quality programs, educators and schools
  • Higher levels of student achievement
  • Higher rates of students on track and ready to graduate
  • Reduced disparities in student achievement
  • High rates of post-secondary educational attainment

Fund for Education

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all Rhode Island's young people have access to a high-quality public education. If you share this commitment, we hope you will join us. An investment in the Fund for Education is an investment in the future of public education that will pay dividends in perpetuity.


Case Statement   Give Now   Contact us 

Related Content

Partnership tackles 'achievement gap'

State and local education officials are partnering with us on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners.

Learn more

Making it in the classroom

FabNewport is teaching K-12 teachers how to integrate “making” into their classrooms, helping teachers - and students - expand the way they think about problems and solutions in fun and innovative ways.

Get the details

Sparking innovation and a love of reading

Dozens of teachers in communities throughout Rhode Island received nearly $190,000 through our 2016-17 Spark Grants program for school-wide reading programs and for classroom innovation.

Read More

Finding common ground

Students from the Jewish Community Day School of RI and the Islamic School of RI came together for 12 weeks to explore issues of identity, society, and friendship at the Center for Dynamic Learning.

Learn more


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

E-News Sign Up