History

Four StudentsUCAP 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.

1989 UCAP 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.
1990 Providence, East Providence, Central Falls and Pawtucket make up the participating districts in the Collaborative, sending 140 students each year.
1991 UCAP is selected by the Carnegie Foundation as a lead middle school to participate in its "Turning Points" initiative.
1991 UCAP overcomes the threat to its existence brought by the state budget crisis from the Credit Union debacle.
1994 UCAP is recognized by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
1995 UCAP becomes the first public school to conduct a $1 million capital campaign and purchase and renovate a permanent home.
1996 UCAP moves into its new digs and rents half the building to the Textron Chamber of Commerce Academy.
1997 UCAP 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.
2004 Cranston School Department replaces phaseout of Pawtucket schools.
2005 Filmmaker Timothy Hotchner captures a year in the life of UCAP and its students and begins editing footage into a full-length documentary titled Accelerating America.
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.
2007 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 UCAP's success with children who have a history of school failure, and the school's importance in Rhode Island's education reform efforts.
2007 UCAP's year-end reserve fund tops $1 million.
2007 UCAP 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.
2008 UCAP partners with Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center to provide Adult Literacy programs for our parents
2008 Accelerating America takes Grand Prize for Documentaries at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
2009 The Fund launches a $3.5 million capital campaign to acquire adjoining buildings and transform UCAP and the neighborhood.
2009 UCAP 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.
2009 Accelerating America has private screening in New York City at the Museum of Arts and Design.
2009 UCAP receives an unsolicited gift of $100,000 after Accelerating America airs on Rhode Island PBS.
2010 The Fund purchases the former Engle Tire building and another adjoining small property. Plans for a Health and Education Center move forward on a fast track.
2010 UCAP students meet all state standards.