Advanced Coursework Network
Beginning in fall 2016, Rhode Island public secondary schools will have the opportunity to expand the advanced level coursework available to their high school and middle school students through a new initiative, the Advanced Coursework Network. This initiative is intended to build upon the work that many of you have already done in this area. Enriching experiences with advanced coursework help students get a head start on post-secondary success, master the skills required of a lifelong learner, and be prepared for jobs in sectors critical to Rhode Island’s future prosperity. However, LEA and school ability to offer a wide variety of advanced coursework to meet the diversity of needs for all students is often limited by time and resources. The Advanced Coursework Network is designed to help districts and schools meet this need by creating opportunities for Rhode Island students to envision, pursue and realize their individualized graduation pathway. As Network Members, schools and districts will enable students and their families to choose to enroll in formerly unavailable high value academic- and career-focused courses while they remain enrolled at their public school at no cost to the school, district or family.
Newport Public Schools has joined the Network as a Network Member for 2016-2017, in which Newport Public Schools allow their students to enroll in coursework offered by the Network.
High school courses will be offered in various modalities and middle school courses will be offered in virtual delivery methods to encourage the greatest participation from students in schools and districts that have chosen to participate in the initiative in its first year. RIDE anticipates the course offerings will include advanced science and mathematics courses, as well as Advanced Placement (AP©), world languages, career-focused and dual/concurrent enrollment courses. Coursework will be offered by Rhode Island LEAs, Community-Based Organizations and Institutions of Higher Education.