School Spotlight: The UCAP School | 75 Carpenter Street Providence RI 02903 | 401-272-0881



The UCAP School opened its doors in 1989, as “The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program,” to balance the scale for students at risk of dropping out. We are the only middle school in Rhode Island to partner with other school districts to identify and help at-risk students to catch up with their grade and return to high school prepared and ready for success.

Our supportive learning community has helped over 1,600 middle school students from Providence, Cranston and Central Falls through personalized, enriched journeys.

The UCAP School seeks to intervene in the lives of middle school students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. We provide relevant curriculum and enrichment opportunities to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students to ensure a successful transition from middle school to high school. We stress the importance of taking responsibility, having high expectations, setting goals, completing high school, working hard and having fun.

Our vision is one where a supportive community in which all students thrive academically, socially and emotionally; graduate from high school; and lead productive and meaningful lives.

Our students are supported by the whole community, including area businesses, parents, and other community members. Our generous donors make it possible for UCAP to offer them unique opportunities outside of school.  This support system shows students that we believe in them and value their individual successes.

While schools work hard to help at-risk students, our current system leaves too many behind. UCAP is their safety net. We believe in the promise of every child.  Our approach re-energizes each student, helping them regain confidence, and return to high school ready to begin a brighter future.

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