Welcome to The Providence Center School

The Providence Center School offers a unique learning environment for children in Grades Pre-K through 12 who are experiencing acute behavioral and emotional symptoms.

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About the Providence Center School

The Providence Center School is a special education school for students in preschool through grade 12 diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders. Our goal is to prepare students to successfully return to their community schools, enroll in less restrictive programs, graduate from high school, pursue higher education or join the workforce.

Students are referred to TPC School by their home school districts through special education directors.

Our curriculum combines academic instruction guided by Common Core Standards with clinical services, behavioral supports, therapeutic interventions and family support services designed to meet the unique needs of each student. TPC School strives to help students cultivate the ability to manage emotions and behavior in order to become successful learners.

The Providence Center School is fully accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

TPC School meets the learning and therapeutic needs of students with diagnoses such as:
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar and other mood disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Depressive disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
Our Team

TPC School’s team of dedicated, experienced academic and clinical professionals includes:

  • Certified Special Education Teachers and reguar education teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Student and Family Support Councelors
  • Certified School Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Voactional Specialist
The TPC School Philosophy

Our individualized, strength-based approach to learning is guided by our values:

  • Students have unique strengths and abilities, which we emphasize as we help them to overcome emotional, social, behavioral and academic challenges.
  • Students benefit from building solid, trusting and reciprocal relationships with peers and adults.
  • Students thrive in a school culture that is positive and solution focused.
  • Students have the ability to make changes, meet goals and achieve success when provided with consistent expectations, instruction, behavioral and clinical support and the conviction that they will accomplish their goals.
  • Improved coping and problem-solving skills enhance students academic functioning and give them the opportunity to return to their community schools, enroll in less restrictive programs, graduate from high school, pursue a higher education or join the workforce.

Our Approach to Education

Our Key Features

  • Licensed by the RI Department of Education
  • Individual Education Programs (IEP)
  • Extended 12-month school year
  • A participant in Rhode Island's statewide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Transition planning throughout enrollment specific to the needs of the student, family and school district
  • Vocational programming to help students succeed in school, post-secondary school or work after graduation
  • Consistent communication with family
  • Access to The Providence Center's programs and supportive services for students and families

Individualized Academic Instruction

  • 4:1 student to teacher/staff ratio
  • Supportive learning environment for students with issues related to anxiety, depression and social withdrawal
  • Quarterly grade cards and monthly IEP progress reports
  • Common Core Standards drive curriculum
  • Innovative use of technology in the classrooms

Strength-based Behavior Strategies

  • Attendance Improvement Program
  • School-wide focus on traits of respect, responsibility and safety
  • Realistic, individualized behavioral expectations
  • Character education classes for improved social and emotional development
  • Opportunities to apply communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Therapeutic playground for preschool students

Why Choose Us?

Social and Emotional Learning

At the center of our curriculum is the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) standards as identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

  • Self Awareness: To identify and label one's own feelings
  • Social Awareness: To empathize with others, show respect, and appreciate diversity
  • Self Management: To complete difficult tasks, self-motivate, ask for help when needed and focus attention
  • Relationships: To participate in a group, communicate effectively, work towards common goals and peacefully resolve conflicts
  • Responsible Decision Making: To analyze situations, make responsible decisions and problem solve in challenging circumstances

In order to promote both academic and personal growth, The Providence Center School incorporates these five important areas of development into the curriculum for students of all ages.

Common Core State Standards

The Providence Center School has developed its courses to meet Rhode Island’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This standard were created as a result of a multi-state effort to establish a shared set of clear standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. By following these standards, TPC School is able to ensure our students are learning the same material as students across Rhode Island, eventually allowing for a smooth transition back to their district school or into the workplace.

Character Education

The Providence Center School’s weekly character education program provides students with opportunities to practice personal and interpersonal skills to improve social and emotional functioning and establish positive relationships.

Through the use of media, therapeutic games and activities, role-play exercises and discussion, students learn appropriate skills for:

  • Coping 
  • Problem solving 
  • Empathy building 
  • Assertiveness 
  • Decision making 
  • Identifying and expressing feelings 
  • Taking perspectives 
  • Demonstrating respect for self, others and the environment 
  • Improving self-confidence and self-esteem 
Pillars of Character 

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship

The six “pillars of character” are integrated throughout the curriculum to help students practice essential skills:

  • Fostering and strengthening relationships 
  • Maintaining a safe and positive learning environments 
  • Becoming more aware of their strengths and weaknesses 
  • Self-regulation 
  • Developing a healthy sense of self

Teachers have an active role in assuring that the students’ new skills are incorporated into their daily routines both at school and home.

Clinical Services
Guiding The Behavioral, Social And Emotional Development Of Students

Clinical support at The Providence Center School draws on students’ strengths to inform the emotional, social or behavioral interventions that will set them on a path to success. This strength-based system allows therapeutic interventions to be tailored to each student’s unique abilities and needs, empowering him or her to make positive changes.

The Providence Center School has been a participant in Rhode Island’s statewide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program since 2007. PBIS focuses on creating a community culture in the school that emphasizes positive behavioral and academic expectations.

Related Services

Additional services are available to current TPC School students to support their academic and clinical progress. These related services are included in the tuition.

Occupational Therapy

A licensed occupational therapist is on-site to assess and treat students who demonstrate a significant delay with fine motor skills, visual perception, organizational abilities, and/or sensory processing abilities. Recommendations for modification and adaptation of the student’s supplies, materials, activities or environment are provided to the student’s teacher and parent/guardian. Therapy services are conducted in small groups or with the entire classroom.

Speech/Language Therapy

A licensed speech/language pathologist helps staff and parents understand behaviors by assessing communication patterns and identifying communication disorders, such as articulation, language, voice and stuttering. He or she conducts individual therapy, consults with the student’s teacher about the most effective ways to facilitate the student’s communication in the classroom and works with the student’s family to develop goals and techniques.

Medication Assessment and Management

All medication administered during school hours will be in accordance with a written order from a licensed health care prescriber and verified by the school nurse teacher. When recommended by the clinical team and approved by the parent, students not on medication may be evaluated by a Providence Center child psychiatrist and, when appropriate, prescribed medication with regular monitoring. Medication that is dropped off must include an expiration date and be in the original prescription-labeled container (in the case of a prescription medication) or the manufacturer-labeled container (in the case of a non-prescription medication).

Health and Safety

A full-time school nurse teacher is available to assist the student and the parents in achieving and maintaining the students’ physical well being. The nurse monitors growth, immunizations, medications, hearing and vision screening.

School Lunch and Nutrition Program

Meals are planned by the food manager in accordance with nutritional standards for each age level. Students with food allergies or special nutritional needs (e.g. diabetes, etc.) are accommodated with an individualized food plan.

School Nurse

Contact Information:
Office: 401-276-4556
Mobile: 401-369-3725

Health Information for Parents: 

Flu and Norovirus Prevention – English

Flu and Norovirus Prevention – Spanish

Health Forms:

State of Rhode Island School Physical Form

Immunization Exemption Certificates:

Action Plans Templates:

Explore Our Education Services

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High School
  • Vocational Support

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood program is comprised of overlapping classrooms from Pre-K through Grade 1 to ensure that the social and academic needs of each student are met. Stability and security are provided in a nurturing environment to support positive behaviors.


Helping children to acquire the social skills they will need to be successful in a classroom environment is the main goal at this level. A thematic approach is used in an interactive learning environment to integrate the eight domains of the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Health and Motor Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Social Studies
  • Creative Arts

Kindergarten, First Grade

The K-1 curriculum emphasizes listening and speaking skills while broadening students’ learning experiences and offering opportunities to apply positive coping strategies and self-regulation skills. Educational technology is an integral part of the curriculum. Content areas include:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Science

Second - Fifth Grade

Grades 2 - 5 challenge students to apply their knowledge in solving everyday problems and engage in hands-on learning. Common Core Standards guide the material taught in the elementary classrooms.

Standards-based units provide students with opportunities for cooperative group activities and community activities. Educational technology is integrated through the use of computer stations and various media presentations. Units cover:

  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Technology
  • Arts

Grades 6-8

The middle school learning environment (grades 6-8) is student-centered, encouraging them to become active learners. Common Core Standards guide the middle school team in programming and curriculum development.

Learning expectations are set that are commensurate with the experience, needs and potential of young adolescents. Units in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies offer opportunities for students to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Experience cooperative learning through group instruction
  • Create connections between subjects and ideas
  • Participate in experiential learning
  • Utilize technology in practicing research skills
  • Develop strong written and oral communication skills

High School

The Providence Center School is committed to guiding young adults to become respectful, ethical, responsible and courteous individuals who can work both independently and cooperatively. The goals for students in the high school program are to:

  • Demonstrate preparedness to transition to post-secondary education/training, independent living and/or employment
  • Become effective communicators who speak, read, listen and write clearly and confidently
  • Employ effective and creative problem solving procedures that present practical solutions
  • Develop an understanding of and an ability to utilize the basic techniques of stress management
  • Appropriately manage their emotions and interactions

Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements (PBGR) assure that students demonstrate the ability to meet the state's Common Core Standards for Grades 9-12.  The three components of the PBGRs mandated by the state are:

  • Completion of required courses
  • A performance-based assessment
  • Participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Transitional support for high school students may include working to satisfy the Performance-based Graduation Requirements for a particular school district, arranging to take the SAT, applying for financial aid, applying to college, completing interest inventories and applying for jobs.  Trips to visit local college campuses are part of our program.

Vocational support for students 14 and older includes participating in activities designed to enhance their independent living skills and exploring various careers.

Vocational Support

Students ages 14 and older engage in activities designed to enhance their independent living skills and explore various careers. They also visit community settings they are likely to encounter in their lives after high school.

Job Sampling and Volunteering

Job sampling allows students to build a résumé and identify potential references for future employment, sampling three or four job settings over the course of the school year. Staff transport students to job settings and accompany them during the work period.

High school students volunteer at local organizations or businesses during the school week. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in classrooms at The Providence Center School, or working in various community businesses.

Community Exposure Trips

Visits to community businesses provide an additional opportunity for students to experience the workplace. Accompanied by staff, visits include the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Providence Public Safety Building, art galleries, museums, Community College of Rhode Island, RIC, URI and New Urban Arts (an afterschool arts program). Students learn to navigate the RIPTA bus system during these trips.

Learning Modules

Small group instruction occurs on topics such as:

  • Résumé writing
  • Job searches
  • Job application process
  • Interview techniques
  • Managing personal finances

Contact Our Team

The Providence Center School

520 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

Main Reception: (401) 276-4531
Fax: (401) 276-4015
Email: info@tpcschool.org

Technical Support

Jeffrey Young
Network PC Specialist
Phone: (401) 383-5062
Email: JeYoung@CareNE.org

Clinical Team

Call (401) 276-4015 to contact the following departments:

  • Certified School Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Clinical Therapist (Bilingual), Grades PK-1
  • Student and Family Support Counselor, Grades 2-8
  • Student and Family Support Counselor, Grades 9-12