Paul Cuffee School

Paul CuffeeSchool, an independent K-12 public charter school,strives to meet the individual needs of our diverse community of students through a program that promotes social and civic skill building as well as outstanding academic learning. The school is named in honor of Captain Paul Cuffee who, in the 18th century nearby Massachusetts, became a successful mariner, merchant, patriot, educator, and philanthropist. The son of a freed slave and a Wampanoag mother, he went to sea as a cabin boy at the age of sixteen, and led a life marked by innovation and integrity. He founded what is believed to be the first integrated school in the United States in 1797 and is remembered for his philanthropic endeavors. 

The Paul Cuffee School is located in Providence, RI. According to RI Law, students are admitted by lottery, and the student body must reflect the rich multiculturalism and racial diversity of Providence. The school is currently K-12, with 776 students and 105 faculty members—including health care, full-time instructors, teaching assistants, and specialists. There are approximately 48-60 students in each grade (16-20 students per class). Benefits include fully covered individual health and dental insurance, participation in the RI Teachers Retirement System, professional development and other benefits. The faculty salary range is $36,800 to $73,800 depending on years of experience.



Organization Name: Paul Cuffee School
Address 1: 459 Promenade Street
Address 2:
City, State, Zip: Providence, Rhode Island  02908
Type: Charter School
Number of Students: 776
Lowest Grade: k
Highest Grade: 12


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