About us

Grace today, great tomorrow!

Welcome to The Grace School, a truly one-of-a-kind K-8 independent school that helps each child reach their full potential. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, The Grace School provides robust academics, small-class sizes, and an inspiring variety of extra-curricular programs in a fun, breathtaking, state-of-the-art facility. And the all-inclusive tuition is less than $11,000 per year. New change.

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We have been so incredibly impressed with the ways our children, who are two very different learners, have thrived academically at The Grace School. The small class sizes and dedicated teachers have provided them both the opportunity to go beyond their grade level in a variety of subjects, while paying attention to their individual learning needs and interests.”

– Jordan White, MD, MPH and Jeff Manning, MD

History of The Grace School.

Teaching compassion since 1946.

Building upon Meeting Street's history of teaching to the individual student since 1946, The Grace School opened its doors in 2006 bringing to life the nation’s first fully inclusive K-8 school in Rhode Island’s first LEED-certified educational facility.

In keeping with The Grace School’s belief in community-mindedness and global citizenry, the creation of our campus transformed nine acres of blighted property into a one-of-a-kind learning destination.

The school began with just one kindergarten classroom, adding one grade level each year thereafter. Today The Grace School graduates one eighth-grade class per year, with our students being accepted into high schools such as Bishop Hendricken, Classical High School, LaSalle Academy, St. Raphael’s Academy and Bay View Academy.

Frequently asked questions.

What is the average class size?

Our average class size is 15 with a maximum of no more than 18 students per classroom. 

Does an inclusive classroom model reduce the overall academic rigor?

No. Education is not “one-size-fits-all” at The Grace School, and so while students share a classroom, a teacher and a curriculum, content and assignments are modified to meet the individual needs of each student. Small class sizes allow our educators to know each child individually, understand their strengths and challenges, and utilize the tools of the Responsive Classroom to meet varying needs.  

Does The Grace School offer athletics?

Yes! We offer a middle-school (grades 5-8) athletics program that includes cross-country (fall) and basketball (winter)! Additionally, children in grades K-4 have access to our indoor pool, as swimming is part of their physical education curriculum.

Does The Grace School offer any non-athletic extra-curricular activities?

Yes. The Grace School offers the following after-school programs at various times throughout the school year: Chorus (grades 2-8); Digital Media (grades 5-8); Robotics (grades 5-8); Student Council (grades 5-8) and a Theatre Arts Club (all grade levels). There are no additional fees to participate in these programs.

What is your annual tuition? Do you offer financial aid?

Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $10,500. Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. The standard application for admissions includes questions regarding need for financial assistance. To begin an application today, click here.

How do I communicate with school staff about my child?

At The Grace School, we believe one of the biggest factors in a child’s achievement is the active engagement and support of their family in the learning process. We encourage all parents/guardians to communicate with their child’s teachers and school administrators on a regular basis. We utilize a variety of daily communication technologies, like e-mail and apps like Remind, that allow school staff and families to directly communicate and share information.

Does The Grace School provide transportation?

Daily bus transportation is provided to certain communities within Greater Providence. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.  

Does The Grace School offer a meal program?

Yes! The Grace School offers breakfast and hot lunch daily through our food preparation partner, Aramark. Free/reduced lunch pricing is available to qualifying students. This information will be covered during the application process

What is The Grace School’s connection to Meeting Street?

The Grace School is one of the programs and services for children and families that comprise Meeting Street, the beloved 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in Providence in 1946. The Grace School is located on Meeting Street’s 12 acre Eddy Street campus, which serves as the southernmost gateway to the capital city. 

My child has special needs, can he/she attend The Grace School?

The Grace School offers customized educational and development services to meet the needs outlined in a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). To learn more about our programs, please click here. Please note: The Grace School is not appropriate for children with intensive behavioral needs.

Inspirational leaders who both think and do.

Why settle for anything less than instructional excellence? The Grace School requires all educators have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in education, special education, or a specific curriculum subject in addition to holding a teaching certificate from the RI Department of Education (RIDE). Most of our faculty members hold a master’s degree, or obtain this credential within three years of hire. 

Margaret Knowlton

Superintendent of Schools
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Heather Boccanfuso

Head of School
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Susan Vander Does, PhD

Director of Curriculum
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John Kershaw

Director of Special Education
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Bethany Sosa

Director of Admissions
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Kathy Hopper

Administrative Assistant
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I believe that all children have the right to a high-quality education provided in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. It is also important for me to work with a group of professionals who learn together so that we can be innovative and provide the best possible educational opportunities for our students.”

– Margaret Knowlton, Head of School

Why did you choose Grace?

Erin Houle
1st Grade Special Educator

I teach at The Grace School because I believe in inclusion and the positive effects it has on each of our learners. The Grace School provides a friendly and unique learning environment that promotes caring and support of all abilities.  I appreciate the supportive team of professionals that I have the privilege to work so closely with. It makes teaching here a positive, enjoyable experience.  This is my 9th year teaching at The Grace School.”

Emily Griffith
4th Grade Educator

I work at The Grace School because here, every student receives a fair opportunity to learn while maintaining their individuality. Every child is capable of achieving great success, and being a teacher at The Grace School allows me to join them on this journey. At The Grace School, we get to know the student as a whole person and then make proper accommodations to help each student develop and grow. Our students develop not only as learners, but also as caring and compassionate human beings. The Grace School is one of the few flexible learning communities willing to meet the child where they are, opposed to having to change the child to fit in with the community. I’ve never felt more welcomed than at The Grace School.”

Amy Bergeron
6th Grade Educator
and Math Specialist

Since working at The Grace School, I have found that kindness and compassion run rampant. Staff, faculty, and students all work together to create a cohesive classroom environment where all students learn to the best of their ability.  It is fantastic to watch the excitement in a student’s eyes who has just successfully completed a challenging task. The Grace School does 'education' right!”