Top High Schools in Rhode Island

By | March 20, 2019

Rhode Island is made up of five counties and 39 school districts. The five counties are Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington. Each county has its own school district responsible for providing educational services to local residents. The state also has four charter schools that are independently operated and funded by the state.

The majority of Rhode Island’s public school districts are located in small towns and rural areas. However, there are some larger cities with multiple school districts providing education to their students. Providence County is one example, with three separate school districts serving the city’s children: Providence Public Schools (PPS), Central Falls Public Schools (CFPS), and Woonsocket Public Schools (WPS). Additionally, Pawtucket has two separate school districts: Pawtucket School District (PSD) and Lincoln School District (LSD).

Each district offers a variety of educational programs to its students including elementary, middle, high schools as well as vocational-technical schools. In addition to traditional public schools, Rhode Island also provides several alternative educational options including magnet schools, virtual learning academies, homeschooling programs, and dual language immersion programs. These options allow families to find an education that best suits their needs.

There are many public and private high schools in the state of Rhode Island. It is rather difficult for you to choose one that fits you most. In order for you to better evaluate your choice, we have ranked these high schools based on latest SAT/ACT scores, graduation rates, and state test scores from the Rhode Island Department of Education. See below for top 4 high schools throughout the state of Rhode Island.

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# High Schools Honor
1
Classical High School
Providence School District
Providence County
770 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 456-9145
Silver
2
North Kingstown High School
North Kingstown School District
Washington County
150 Fairway Drive
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Telephone: (401) 268-6236
Silver
3
South Kingstown High School
South Kingstown School District
Washington County
215 Columbia Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
Telephone: (401) 360-1000
Bronze
4
Times2 Academy
Providence School District
Providence County
50 Fillmore Street
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 272-5094
Bronze

Best High Schools in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Overview

Eastern Rhode Island is part of the Atlantic Lowlands, while the west of the state is forested hilly uplands. More than thirty islands are located in Narragansett Bay and off the ocean coast to the west. Due to the very large length of the coastline, Rhode Island received its official nickname – “Ocean State”.

Rhode Island has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cool winters, with precipitation fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.

The first European to see Narragansett Bay was the Italian Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524. In 1611–1614, the coast of present-day Rhode Island (as well as Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey) was explored by Dutch captain Adrian Block. It was he who named the lands of Rhode Island Roodt Eylandt, which means “red island” (obviously because of the red clay soils of the coast). Later, after immigrants from England settled on the territory of Rhode Island, its name was anglicized.

The first European settlement in Rhode Island was established in 1636 by the Protestant theologian Roger Williams, who was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony due to religious differences. The colony founded by Williams was named Providence Plantations. In 1638, another group of religious dissidents from Massachusetts, under the leadership of Anne Hutchinson, founded the city of Portsmouth and the “Rhode Island Colony”. Four years later, the settlers united to form the Rhode Island Colony and Providence Plantations.

During the American Revolution, Rhode Island became the first colony to declare independence from England (in May 1776, two months before the adoption of the US Declaration of Independence). During the years of the Revolutionary War, several battles took place on the territory of the state. In 1790, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (as was the official name) became the thirteenth state of the United States.

In 2020, Rhode Island legislators passed a decision (supported in a referendum by the residents of the state) to rename: “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” became the “State of Rhode Island”. This decision was caused by the negative connotations of the word “plantation” in the name, which evoked associations with the use of slave labor.

The largest city in the “Smallest State” is its capital, Providence. About 180,000 people live here.

The economy of the “Ocean State” is quite diverse, finance and insurance, industry, education, medicine, services, agriculture, tourism and other industries are well developed here.