The Croft School
- The Croft School, founded in 2018, is a rigorous, student-centered private school located on the East Side of Providence, RI. Our elementary program emphasizes extraordinary academics, play- and project-based learning, weekly expeditions throughout the state, and a superb 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-8|
|Total Students||40 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 21%
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||4 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||20 students|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$16,900|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$6,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Scott Given|
- The Croft School exists to engage our students and their families in a unique and exceptional schooling experience by treating each moment as an opportunity to teach, support, and inspire. We are a tight-knit, diverse community committed to tackling challenges inside the classroom and throughout our city. Our teachers, the pillars of our students` daily experiences, provide a balanced, rigorous, student-centered education that prepares children to excel in and productively contribute to a rapidly-changing world. Our graduates emerge from Croft as problem solvers who possess exceptional academic skills, a strong sense of self and purpose, and a passion for lifelong learning.
- The Elementary School Experience: Key Attributes
- Extraordinary, Memorable Teachers. What`s the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher? Here at The Croft School, we obsess over the answer to that question because we know it makes all the difference in the lives of our students. We make a deep commitment to the extraordinary, and nothing less, in every teacher hiring decision we make.
- Rigor and Spark. Many families tell us that they are concerned their children will be, or have been, bored at school. We hear you. Boredom can stem from teaching that is not appropriately challenging for students, from content that is not relevant enough to the particular lived experiences of a child, and from teachers who don`t have the skill or drive to create "wow moments" for their students day after day.We hope that boredom is the antithesis of the Croft student experience. Our goal at Croft is not simply to sustain the curiosity that many five-year olds naturally possess when entering kindergarten. It is to brighten each child`s spark even further and enhance a child`s love for learning more and more as she or he grows older. To do so, we utilize teaching strategies that ensure that each child`s academic work is on the edge of her or his knowledge and skill level, we over-invest in connecting lessons and projects to the interests of our students, and we hire teachers who bring a natural and contagious zeal to a profession they love.
- Student-Centeredness. Most schools use a "one size fits all" curriculum. A teacher works his or her way through the standardized curriculum at a standardized pace. But, as a result, most students don`t get to engage in content and skills that are of genuine and personal interest to them, leaving them bored. Even more importantly, given that the teacher needs to "aim" for the median-ability child, typically half of the students are moving too slowly while the other half quickly becomes overwhelmed and confused.The Croft School is anything but "one size fits all." We know that the learning is stickier when it is relevant and connected to one`s personal experiences and interests. While we always encourage students to reach beyond the familiar and their own comfort zone, our program creates opportunities for students to dive deep on what matters most to them. Academically, we leverage small, flexible groupings to ensure that each child is receiving, in math and literacy, the right lesson at just the right time. This allows students who are able to accelerate into advanced skills to do so, while it also allows students who require extra time and support to master grade-level fundamentals to receive what they need.
- Balance. We know schools that are obsessive about testing and standards. We know other schools that choose to forego explicit teaching of critical literacy, math, and other foundational skills. We pride ourselves on being thoughtful about balance: the right dose of core academic focus mixed with the right dose of other types of progressive learning, discovery, and fun! We`re often asked: Are you Montessori? Are you Waldorf? Are you traditional "Direct Instruction?" Our answer: we respect all of these program types, and employ our favorite features from each of them. But ultimately, we are a new type of educational model that transcends traditional labels. We offer a balance between structured academic time and purposeful play; a balance between academics and social-emotional learning; a balance of both active and quiet time; and a balance of both indoor and outdoor learning.
- Small, Relationship-Driven Environment. The Croft School is a small school. To us, small is a beautiful thing. Small allows school to be personal for each child, where individual students become known well and form the nexus of each decision teachers make. Small ensures that students never get "lost in the crowd" and get individual attention every day. Small allows students` social development and friendships and the parent community to be thoughtfully built over time. Most importantly, perhaps, small means excellence. By focusing on the quality of our program rather than its size, we can consistently deliver on the promises we make and the high expectations we hope that families hold.Relationships matter in education between teachers and students and between teachers and parents. We are passionate about building deep, caring, and trustful relationships with our students and parents, and then working in partnership to customize the program to fit each child`s interests and needs. We hope that the bonds that are built at Croft can last a lifetime.
- Parent 3.0. We approach the way in which families experience our school unlike nearly any other public or private school in the country. From empowering families to be in the driver`s seat on certain components of their child`s education, to exceptional communication, to our on-site coffee caf or even our dry cleaning drop off service, we have simply one goal: to become the most parent-centric school in the world. We endeavor to delight our families in ways both expected and unexpected, every single day.
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