Smarties, we bring you an in-depth interview with our friends at Providence Day School for our 2013-14 Open House Season blog series.
For more than 40 years, Providence Day School has fostered in each student a passion for learning, a strong sense of social responsibility, and a commitment to personal integrity. As a school, we exist to inspire.
Providence Day has assembled one of the nation’s finest pre-collegiate faculties, with over 60% holding advanced degrees in their field. Diversity is an important aspect on campus, with 22% of the nearly 1,600 students comprised of students of color.
The school actively supports cultural awareness events, activities, and programs through the work of the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Social Responsibility and the Multicultural Task Force. The Global Education department hosts a Global Speaker Series, open to students and the general public, which highlights world affairs and current events.
Providence Day is a global school, focused on developing successful and responsible global leaders. We are committed to providing our students with the opportunities to acquire the knowledge, insight, and first-hand experiences needed to live in our global society. Lower School students are introduced to Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and French.
The Global Studies Diploma, the first of its kind in the nation and a model for other programs across the country, allows students in grades 9-12 to choose a curriculum and set of experiences that lead to a second Global Studies diploma.
In addition, the school provides rich and varied student travel abroad experiences in both the Middle and Upper School. These experiences include student exchanges, study tours, service learning, and immersion programs.
Teachers are afforded the opportunity to earn a Global Educators Certificate; 26 faculty members have earned the certificate since 2008.
The school recently launched its ‘One to World’ initiative that seeks to connect its students to the global community. The goal is to empower students to become active participants in creating an optimal teaching and learning environment. The first phase of the One to World initiative provides every 4th, 6th, and 9th grader an iPad mini. The second phase will provide all students in 4th -12th grades with an iPad mini.
Students and teachers alike are using these tools to enhance traditional models of learning and to expand what is possible in the classroom. Everything from engaging members of Congress using social media to capturing pictures of trout eggs hatching using iPad via microscope is happening in the early stages of our One to World initiative.
Within our rigorous curriculum, we also understand the need for play, socialization, rest, creativity, and experiential learning. The school offers a multitude of opportunities for involvement in athletics, the arts, community service, and student-led activity groups.
Our nationally-recognized Extended Day program for TK-5th grade students serves as an extension of the school day. The curriculum-based program features structured, professionally-coordinated enrichment programs as well as unstructured play time. The result is a child-driven and child-centered program.
The TK-12, single-campus environment fosters a genuine community that relishes student achievement and celebrates success at every level. We truly value family and work ceaselessly to build meaningful, life-long connections with our parents, grandparents, alumni, and other supporters.
Providence Day School is an independent, coeducational, Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 12 college preparatory school.
You are invited to learn more about this extraordinary community at Open Houses on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00p.m. and Thursday, November 14 at 9:30a.m. More information and registration is available at www.ProvidenceDay.org/openhouses.