Alvarez High School en 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