Providence Announces Names For New High Schools

Jul 30, 2015

Providence Public Schools district headquarters on Westminster Street.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Two experimental high schools scheduled to open in Providence this fall will be known as 360 High School and Evolutions High School.

Both schools will be located inside larger, existing high schools. Evolutions will be inside Mt. Pleasant High School, and 360 will be at Hope High School.

Developed with a $3 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the schools will be smaller than is typical for an urban high school. District officials say they will feature a so-called "student centered" approach, meaning that coursework will be specifically tailored to each student. They are also expected to make significant use of innovative teaching methods including online coursework.

Design teams that included administrators, teachers, parents and students have been working to create the plans for each school.

360 High School Principal Kerry Tuttlebee has said she wants student voice to be an integral component of her school's program. The name "360" is intended as a reference to the broad opportunity, support and feedback the school will both provide for students and seek from them.

At Evolutions High School, Principal Donna Lucy said the name came out of discussions about the mission of the school, which is to "continuously adapt to meet the needs of all learners," according to an official district announcement.

Both schools will open in September with 9th grades capped at 104 students. They will add a grade each year, growing to full 9-12th grade high schools.