providence gt steam academy

Launched in summer 2017, the Providence GT STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Academy is a free five-week academic acceleration summer program for Providence Public School students entering grades 5, 6, 7, or 8. Attendance is mandatory; free transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Providence GT STEAM Academy runs Monday - Friday, July 9 - August 9, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"I liked how at the GT STEAM Academy we learn and have fun at the same time." - GT STEAM Academy Student

GT STEAM SITE LOCATION

Nathan Bishop Middle School

101 Sessions St.

Providence, RI 02906


Students who are current 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th graders in a Providence Public School are eligible to enroll.

Students enrolled in the in-district charter school, Times2 Academy, are eligible to enroll; students in non-district charter schools or private schools are not eligible.

You may enroll all eligible siblings.

Please note:

  • We will likely have more families interested than spots available; complete your paperwork as soon as possible to increase your chances of enrollment.

  • Submitting paperwork does not guarantee your child's spot.

  • Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible students.

  • Once a grade level fills, families will be waitlisted.

  • We will confirm enrollment status via email no later than May 31.

  • We will offer busing again this year. Details will be send via email after enrollment.

Please send any questions to GTSAProvidence@genteach.org. We hope to spend the summer with your family!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What student profile is GT STEAM designed to serve?

GT STEAM is designed to serve students who will attend consistently, participate fully, and enjoy small classes with young teachers. GT STEAM Academy does not provide credit recovery and must not be required for students who are not ready to be advanced to the next grade level. Students with all different levels of academic achievement (far below and far above grade level) have successfully completed the GT STEAM Academy. A student's interest in attending the program is a far greater predictor of success than past grades or test scores (which is why we collect neither!). 

How much does the program cost?

The program is tuition-free to families.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is provided.

How is this different from school?

While this is an academic enrichment program, we understand the importance of fun during the summer. In addition to frequent breaks and outdoor recess, students explore new areas of learning (such as engineering), participate in daily physical activity, and enjoy weekly special events, including field trips.

What is the dress code?

Students should wear appropriate clothing. Shoulders and stomachs should be covered, and students should wear shoes or sneakers that are appropriate for physical activity.

Are supplies provided?

We provide materials. Students should bring pencils. 

What is the student-teacher ratio?

Classes have 8-12 students. Professional educators support Teaching Fellows.  During activities, professional staff supervise students.

Are meals provided? Can my child bring his or her own lunch?

Breakfast and lunch are provided every day. Students may choose to bring lunches.

Can I meet the teachers?

Teaching Fellows will attend Student & Family Orientation. You are also invited you to meet Teaching Fellows and hear about your child's progress at Open House the second week of the program and to Ed Expo the last evening of the program. We conduct local and national background checks on Teaching Fellows, Teacher Coaches, and leadership staff. 

What is the attendance policy?

Daily attendance is important for your child’s success. Absences may be excused in case of illness or emergency, but excessive absences will result in dismissal. Please make sure your child attends the first three days, in particular, when we are building our community.

Can my child ride with a friend?

Rides need to be arranged in advance to ensure all students are safe. Otherwise, staff will release students only to immediate family members. 

What if my child has a food allergy?

Please indicate medical conditions or allergies on your registration forms. We will make appropriate accommodations for your child. Please note we do not have a nurse on site.

What if my child has a daily medication?

Please indicate daily medication (prescription, inhaler, etc.) on your registration and provide a doctor's note. We will make appropriate accommodations for your child. Please note we do not have a nurse on site.

What if my child has an IEP or 504?

The GT STEAM Academy does not have special education staff. We are not able to serve students who need a 1:1 paraprofessional. If your child's IEP or 504 recommends small classes, unlimited time for activities, and individual attention, our program may be a match, but if your child is best served by certified teachers and specialized staff, we will not be able to accommodate your child. Please note our Teaching Fellows are not certified.

What if my child has a physical disability?

Please indicate the situation on your registration form. We will make appropriate accommodations for your child. Please note we do not have a nurse on site.

What is the cell phone policy?

We recommend not bringing cell phones, as they may be lost or interrupt learning. Students may have cell phones to call parents for a ride, but the phone must be off and in the student’s backpack during the Academy.


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The Providence GT STEAM Academy is led by Cynthia Ramirez. Ms. Cynthia is a Providence, RI native, who has dedicated her professional career to education and empowering young people to be the present and future leaders. She has more than 8 years of experience working in this field, helping close the opportunity divide that exists within our communities. Prior to Generation Teach, Ms. Cynthia worked at the Woonsocket Middle and High Schools, where she coordinated and led after-school programs, offering a variety of academic and social enrichment opportunities. In addition, Ms. Cynthia was a leader for Year Up, where she taught and co-designed the Customer Service courses, co-taught Introduction to Computers, led student outreach, recruitment, selection, and worked closely with the local leadership and board, serving as a thought partner on the organization’s strategies and efforts. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College.

Email Ms. Cynthia at GTSAProvidence@genteach.org.


PARTNERS

The GT STEAM Academy is offered in partnership with and is partially funded by the City of Providence and the PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT.

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