PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Achievement First Mayoral Academy – a Providence charter school – had a very difficult time getting approval to open three years ago. This year was the school’s first year participating in the state’s PARCC testing and administrators say they’re encouraged by the results.
Nine-year-old Jeniah Simal transferred to Achievement First when she was in second grade. Now, the fourth grader already has plans to attend college.
“I really love to write to express, like, my feelings and ideas,” she said. “I’ve been thinking of going to RIC. When I grow up, I’ve been thinking about being a teacher because I like to learn and I want other people to learn just as good.”
Daniel Ochs, the school’s academic dean, said the school prepares every student to attend and graduate from college.
“That’s what we base our curriculum on like in each grade, what do these students need to master so that they are on the path to college,” he said.
Achievement First is a public charter school that accepts students from Cranston, Providence, North Providence and Warwick.
This year, 76 percent of the school’s students who took the PARCC tests showed proficiency in Math. Compare that to 9.8 percent of Providence students as a whole.
“We were excited to see some strong scores, we’re also pushing really hard, we want every kid in our building to be proficient,” said Ochs.
Eyewitness News was given the opportunity to tour Achievement First in Providence on Thursday to learn more about the practices in place.
See the video above for Julianne Peixoto’s full report.