What is The Greene School?
The Greene School is a public charter high school with a curriculum based on environmental science and the technology that affects our natural world. The school promotes a culture of personal, community and global stewardship.
What is a charter school?
First and foremost, a charter school is a public school. Charter schools are intended to provide choice within public education to parents and students seeking alternative educational opportunities from those provided by traditional public education.
How does a charter school differ from a traditional public school?
In one word…innovation. As a result of their autonomy and flexibility, charter schools are encouraged to be creative and innovative in their educational methods. Charter schools are expected to develop new educational methods and share this information with the public educational system for the benefit of all students in the state.
The Greene School is a charter school. How are charter schools funded?
Charter schools are tuition free. Charter schools are public schools, and therefore are publicly funded. They are funded through your existing tax dollars. In other words, sending children to charter schools does not cost tax payers any additional money. Like traditional public schools, charter schools may also benefit from grants, donations, and fundraising.
How can my teen get into the Greene School?
All high school students in Rhode Island are eligible to apply to The Greene School. The only step is to fill out a simple application. If more students apply to The Greene School than available openings, a lottery will be conducted to see which children are enrolled. Charter public schools must be open to all students regardless of race, religion, disability or academic ability. To apply for the 2012-2013 school year, simply go to tgsri.org and fill out an on-line application, or if you prefer, you can print out an application and mail it in.
What if my child is not chosen in the lottery and does not get in to The Greene School for this upcoming year?
The Greene School always has an active waiting list. Waiting lists are not carried over into the following school year. Therefore, new students must apply each school year for enrollment. If a space should open during the school year in your child’s grade, you will be notified by The Greene School and you may decide to enroll your child at that time.
How many students will be enrolled at The Greene School?
During the 2012-2013 school year, there were approximately 168 students in grades 9 and 12. Next year, during the 2013-2014 school year, we will expand our enrollment to a total and final number of 210 students in grades 9-12.
My child has special needs; will he/she qualify for enrollment at The Greene School?
Because The Greene School is a public school, every child in Rhode Island is eligible for enrollment. The Greene School is committed to meeting the needs of all students that are enrolled. We currently have 2 full time special education teachers on staff as well as various support staff to meet the needs of all of our students.
Where will The Greene School be located?
Currently, The Greene School is located at 94 John Potter Road in West Greenwich, RI. The Greene School's future permanent location will be on land leased from the University of Rhode Island at the W. Alton Jones campus in West Greenwich. This school year, we are excited to be utilizing various satellite locations for weekly immersion experiences.
Why does The Greene School have the Audubon Society of Rhode Island as a sponsor?
The Rhode Island charter school law requires charter schools to have a non-profit sponsor. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has agreed to sponsor The Greene School because their mission of environmental education and advocacy align with the fundamental mission of The Greene School. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will be invaluable in providing their experience with environmental education in Rhode Island. Audubon’s sponsorship also fulfills a legal requirement with the State of Rhode Island. Sponsorship does not consist of a financial or administrative relationship.
How will URI be involved?
The Greene School will develop a cooperative relationship with the University of Rhode Island, utilizing the 2,300 acre rural campus as a base for learning expeditions. The mission of the University of Rhode Island W. Alton Jones Campus is to provide environmental education to school age children. The Greene School will help URI achieve this mission.
How do I get a job working at The Greene School?
The Greene School is a public school. Any job openings will be posted on SchoolSpring.com. All employees of The Greene School are independent of the University of Rhode Island and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
What will be the curriculum? Will the curriculum meet state standards?
Using the Common Core State Standards and the design principles and core practices of Expeditionary Learning Schools (http://www.elschools.org ) as guides, The Greene School offers intensive interdisciplinary courses that include both classroom study and extensive fieldwork. The Greene School works with Expeditionary Learning Schools, a research-based design and teacher development program for comprehensive school improvement that achieves results. ELS has helped The Greene School develop its own curriculum based on direct experiences with environmental science and the technology that affects the natural world.
What is ELS?
Expeditionary Learning School (ELS) is a non-profit organization that provides The Greene School with the professional development and technical assistance necessary to create a school and curriculum which emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth and teamwork. ELS has been commended in studies that cite such outcomes as improved teacher practice, higher student achievement, and student engagement. The ELS philosophy was incorporated in the Federal Comprehensive School Reform legislation of 1998.
The Greene School uses Project-Based/Experiential Learning. What does that mean?
Project Based/Experiential Learning is an active learning model based on learning expeditions. Learning expeditions are long-term in-depth investigations of a topic that engages students through authentic projects, fieldwork, and service which relates to the community in which they live. The work students do within learning expeditions centers on critical thinking, essential life skills and character development. Ongoing assessment is woven throughout the expeditions, challenging students to higher levels of performance in pursuit of academic excellence.
Will my child be prepared for college?
Our committed Guidance Counselor and staff will assist all students at The Greene School as they meet college entrance requirements by the time they graduate high school. Our students will be proficient in the core subject areas of English/language arts, math, science, and social studies as well as world language and the arts. Staff members will help students through the college application and financial aid process. The Greene School shares the ELS paradigm that includes a goal of 100% college-bound graduates. Other ELS-based schools have had success in achieving this goal, and The Greene School expects to do the same. Some of our current students are enrolled in college courses while at The Greene School through a dual enrollment program ,and have taken advantage of a college preperatory course offered through CCRI.
What Extra-Curricular activities are available to my child at TGS?
TGS has various after school clubs such as the Envirothon, Drama Club, Adventure Club, Peace Jam, Art Club, Equestrian Club, Circus Club, Engineering Club and Academic Support to name a few. TGS students also enjoy movie nights, dances and other student-driven activities.
How can I get involved as a parent in my child’s education at The Greene School?
Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in the education of their children at The Greene School. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents, as vital members of The Greene School Community, to participate in school life, as tutors, classroom experts, portfolio panelists and join our active Parent/Teacher/Student Organization (PTSO).
What can I do to help support the effort to develop and build The Greene School?
• Support our fundraising campaign
• “Like” us on Facebook, and join our YouTube channel
• Join our email list for updates, meetings and fundraising information
• Volunteer in school development activities
• Spread the word!