Who We Are
As the largest school district in the state, the Providence Public School District (PPSD) serves approximately 24,000 students and their families among 39 schools. Across our district each day, our educators, administrators and staff are dedicated to our students and supporting their paths to success.
As the largest department within the City of Providence, accounting for approximately half of the City’s operating budget, PPSD employs more than 3,200 hard-working men and women who support our many schools, including 22 elementary schools, seven middle schools, eight high schools and two public charter schools. Of our employees, approximately 2,000 are educators and more than 600 others directly support our students in our schools. Additional staff members support students through a variety of roles, such as bus monitors, crossing guards, and central office administrators and staff that oversee PPSD functions, such as facilities and operations, human resources, academic oversight, finance and purchasing, and information technology.
Who We Serve
In recent years, PPSD has experienced relatively stable enrollment. Our schools are diverse learning communities; approximately 65% of our students are Hispanic, 17% Black, 9% White, 5% Asian, 3% Multi-racial and 1% Native American. PPSD also serves a high concentration of students with special needs. Approximately 19% of students are English Language Learners (ELL) and about 16% of students receive special education services. Nearly 60% of students come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken. Combined, students and their families speak 31 different languages and hail from 52 countries of origin. Approximately 88% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Real progress is being made in our schools on a number of important student success indicators. During the 2013-2014 school year, Providence Schools’ improved our attendance rates, chronic absenteeism rates, 4-year graduation rates and our dropout rates. Although these metrics are challenging to improve, we are making important progress.
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