Who We Are

About the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools

We are proud to advocate for and support our 15 charter public schools, which are working every day to improve education for all students. Serving over 4,600 students from 34 school districts, charter public schools provide a variety of learning opportunities, including different focus areas, diverse school communities and unique missions. They are closing the achievement gap and have shown success in serving students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly in our urban communities. The mission of the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools is to advocate for its members by supporting charter public schools as leaders in expanding choice and supporting and informing the public school reform movement across the state. Since our founding in 2001, the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools has worked to expand the role of charter public schools in our public education system. The League is guided by the directors of the 15 member charter public schools. Together, we advocate, share best practices and collaborate.

Officers of the Board

Carolyn Sheehan, President
Carolyn Sheehan is the Director at Blackstone Academy Charter School

Sarah Friedman, Vice President
Sarah Friedman is a Co-Director at The Learning Community

Michael Obel-Omia, Secretary
Michael Obel-Omia is the
Head of School at Paul Cuffee School

Keith Oliveira, Treasurer
Keith Oliveira is the Admissions and Family Engagement Officer at Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School


Executive Director

Since 2004, Stephen A. Nardelli has been advocating for charter public schools as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools.  His previous roles include Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Legislative Relations and the first Charter Public School Coordinator at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as a Health and Physical Education Teacher for Smithfield Public Schools.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Rhode Island and his Master of Education in Administration degree from Providence College.


Our 15 member schools

Our schools offer a variety of learning opportunities, including different focus areas, diverse school communities and unique missions. Please click on the below links to learn more about each of our member charter public schools.

Academy for Career Exploration 
www.aceprovidence.com
Grades: 9-12

Communities served: Providence
Beacon Charter High School for the Arts
www.beaconart.org
Grades: 9-12
Communities served: Statewide
Blackstone Academy Charter School
www.blackstoneacademy.org
Grades:  9-12
Communities served: Pawtucket, Central Falls
The Compass School
www.compassschool.org
Grades: K-8
Communities served: Statewide
The Greene School
www.tgsri.org
Grades:  9-12
Communities served:  Statewide
Highlander Charter School
www.highlandercharter.org
Grades: K-8
Communities served: Statewide
International Charter School
www.internationalcharterschool.org
Grades: K-5
Communities served: Statewide
Kingston Hill Academy
www.kingstonhill.org
Grades: K-5
Communities served: Statewide
The Learning Community
www.thelearningcommunity.com
Grades: K-8
Communities served: Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence
New England Laborers’/ Cranston Public Schools Construction Career Academy
http://charter.cpsed.net
Grades: 9-12
Communities served: Statewide
Paul Cuffee School www.paulcuffee.org
Grades: K-11
Communities served: Providence
The Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School
www.tomorrowsnurses.org
Grades 10-12 Plus
Communities served: Statewide
The Segue Institute for Learning
www.SegueIFL.org
Grades: 6- 8

Communities served: Central Falls
Times2 Academy
www.times2.org
Grades: K-12
Communities served: Providence
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
www.TAPAprovidence.org
Grades: 7-12

Communities served: Providence