HISTORY

The UCAP School has persevered through economic and other challenges since 1989. Today it stands as a model of a fiscally prudent, educationally innovative alternative school for kids who would otherwise drop out.

2016
  • The UCAP School rebrands to best represent our mission, vision and spirit: UNITY, COMMUNITY, ACHIEVEMENT, POSSIBILITY.
2015
  • The Annex construction is completed and the UCAP community fully utilizes the gym, art studio, science lab, conference rooms and offices.

2014
  • UCAP opens the Ninth Grade Academy to accommodate older students who need additional time before entering high school.

2013
  • UCAP commits to an over haul and improvement of technology for classrooms and the computer lab.

2012
  • UCAP begins construction of the Annex to provide an expanding number of Beyond U Programs.

2011
  • Daivd Haffenreffer is elected as Chair of the Fund for UCAP, to guide UCAP through its Expanding the Possibilities Capital Campaign.

2010
  • The Fund for UCAP purchases the former Engle Tire building and another adjoining small property. Plans for a Health and Education Center move forward on a fast track.
  • The UCAP School students meet all state standards.
2009
  • The Fund for UCAP launches a $3.5 million capital campaign to acquire adjoining buildings and transform The UCAP School and the neighborhood.
  • The UCAP School enters a partnership with ASS220 to expand arts programming for our urban students, and with the SPIRIT Summer program to help students maintain knowledge and skills gained over the school year.
  • Accelerating America has private screening in New York City at the Museum of Arts and Design.
  • The UCAP School receives an unsolicited gift of $100,000 after Accelerating America airs on Rhode Island PBS.
2008
  • The UCAP School partners with Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center to provide Adult Literacy programs for our parents
  • Accelerating America takes Grand Prize for Documentaries at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
2007
  • Accelerating America takes Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the Seattle International Film Festival. Film is also screened at the New Hampshire and St. Louis Film Festivals.
  • The Fund for UCAP is created to be the school’s official fundraising arm. The board is made up of leaders from the business and philanthropic community who recognize The UCAP School’s success with children who have a history of school failure, and the school’s importance in Rhode Island’s education reform efforts.
  • The UCAP School’s year-end reserve fund tops $1 million.
  • The UCAP School receives a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant valued at over $600,000. The school transforms to an 8-10 hour per day, six-days-a-week, 52 weeks per year center for learning for students and families.
2005

Filmmaker Timothy Hotchner captures a year in the life of The UCAP School and its students and begins editing footage into a full-length documentary titled Accelerating America.

2004

Cranston School Department replaces phaseout of Pawtucket schools.

1997

The UCAP School works with Rhode Island Department of Education to become the first school to host a SALT (School Accountability for Learning and Teaching) visit to evaluate the school and develop a school evaluation model that is now used throughout Rhode Island.

1996

The UCAP School moves into its new digs and rents half the building to the Textron Chamber of Commerce Academy.

1995

The UCAP School becomes the first public school to conduct a $1 million capital campaign and purchase and renovate a permanent home.

1994

The UCAP School is recognized by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

1991
  • The UCAP School is selected by the Carnegie Foundation as a lead middle school to participate in its “Turning Points” initiative.
  • The UCAP School overcomes the threat to its existence brought by the state budget crisis from the Credit Union debacle.
1990

Providence, East Providence, Central Falls and Pawtucket make up the participating districts in the Collaborative, sending 140 students each year.

1989

The UCAP School is founded by Rob DeBlois and small group of enthusiastic education reformers. It is Rhode Island’s first independent public school addressing the escalating dropout problem.

75 Carpenter Street Providence RI   |   401-272-0881

The teachers and staff never gave up on me.

Jesus Nunez, former UCAP student

Freshman at Johnson & Wales University studying business administration