Alvarez High School en Providence to Open Two New High Schools <p>Providence has received a $3 million dollar grant from the Carnegie Foundation to develop a pair of small high schools over the next three years.</p><p>The schools will enroll a maximum of 450 students each, and will get extra flexibility to tailor programs to each student. The theory is that if you meet each student at their level, you can help students catch up if they fall behind, and allow them to work beyond their grade level, if they are ahead of the curve.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 37231 at Students to Protest Closure of Alvarez High School <p>Students plan to testify at the Providence School Board on Tuesday against a proposal to shut down Alvarez High School. The board is considering converting the South Providence building into a middle school, as the city braces for a jump in middle school enrollment.</p><p></p><p>As a high school, Alvarez has struggled with a history of low test scores and is currently undergoing a state-ordered school overhaul. Still, senior Ruth Presendieu says closing it down would damage the one thing the small school has going for it, a strong sense of community.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:05:45 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24672 at Providence Considers Closing Troubled High School <p>Providence officials are considering closing down Alvarez High School and using the building for a new middle school, as they face an expected rise in middle school students.</p><p><em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that Providence is facing overcrowding in city middle schools and expecting an unexplained spike in middle school enrollment in the coming years.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:13:42 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23999 at Rhode Island Students Prepare for High-Stakes Testing <p>4,000 high school seniors across Rhode Island need to beef-up their math skills so they can improve their test scores enough to graduate under a controversial new high school diploma system. Many of them are spending the summer doing just that. Roughly 100 students participated in a program wrapping up this week at the Community College of Rhode Island. It brought students from Providence, Warwick and Cranston together to study math and get a taste of college life.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>“Okay, we’re gonna do five 0r 10 more minutes of class, then we’re gonna take the test.”</p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:52:25 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 19733 at Rhode Island Students Prepare for High-Stakes Testing Providence working to place qualified teachers <p>Thursday we heard the story of a Providence high school teacher, who ended up teaching a physics class even though her expertise is in history. Providence school officials now say they have hired a physics teacher to takeover the class next week. I asked Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi to explain why the district allowed a history teacher to substitute in a high school physics class.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:19:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9194 at Providence working to place qualified teachers Providence teacher: students lack resources for success <p>Come Tuesday, January 29th, students at Alvarez High School in Providence will have a new physics teacher. You may remember the students went to <em>The Providence Journal </em>last month to complain that instead of having a physics teacher, a history teacher had been teaching their class.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:51:28 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9142 at Providence teacher: students lack resources for success