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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2019-2020 school year, simply go to the application tab on this website and fill out an on-line application, or if you prefer, you can print out an application and mail it in.
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.
The Greene School's capacity for enrollment is 210 students across grades 9 through 12.
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 3 special education teachers on staff as well as various support staff to meet the needs of all of our students.
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.
As 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.
Using the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the design principles and core practices of EL Education http://www.elschools.org ) as guides, The Greene School offers interdisciplinary courses that include both classroom study and extensive fieldwork. The Greene School works with EL Education, a research-based design and teacher development program for comprehensive school improvement that achieves results.

The Greene School develop its own curriculum aligned to state and national standards and based on direct experiences with environmental education and the technology that affects the natural world. Real-world compelling topics are explored through expeditions, case-studies, fieldwork and data collection, and partnerships with industry experts that conclude with high quality student work designed to prmote peaceful and sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.
EL Education 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. EL Education has been commended in studies that cite such outcomes as improved teacher practice, higher student achievement, and student engagement. The EL Education philosophy was incorporated in the Federal Comprehensive School Reform legislation of 1998.
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.
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 EL Education paradigm that includes a goal of 100% college-bound graduates. Other EL Education-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 preparatory course offered through CCRI.
TGS has expanded its after school clubs to include the Envirothon, Technology club, Math Team, National Honor Society, Student Government and leadership programs, Rocketry, Robotics, Yearbook, as well as various social events such as Winter Semi-formal, movie nights, Junior-Senior Prom, and beach day.
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).
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