Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy has won a $450,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, an advocacy group focused on increasing the use of technology to improve public education, to open its first high school.
Blackstone Valley Prep says the school will provide laptop computers for every student and feature a teaching method known as blended learning, in which students combine traditional classrooms with online learning, allowing them to work at their own pace.
The high school is scheduled to open this fall in Cumberland.
School leaders say they will require all students to take at least one Advanced Placement class and one online class. They have pledged to make sure every student in the program is accepted to at least one four-year college.
Blackstone Valley Prep currently operates two elementary schools in Cumberland and a middle school in Lincoln, serving students from Central Falls, Pawtucket, Lincoln and Cumberland. The schools are known for a longer and highly structured school day and a culture focused on preparing every student for college.