Brown and Providence Schools

Engaging with Elementary and Middle Schools

Brown partnerships aim to instill a love of learning in Providence schoolchildren, paving the way for students to find success and fulfillment throughout their educational journey.

Brown’s many elementary school programs and initiatives aim to develop a love for learning and an intellectual curiosity in Providence children.

Whether they’re contributing to daytime elementary and middle school curricula, enriching literacy and math lessons after school, or bringing stimulating fun to young students’ summer months, students, faculty and staff at Brown are committed to supporting a successful and fulfilling educational experience for K-8 students in Providence schools.

Program and Initiative Highlights

Since 2000, after-school activities led by student volunteers and staff at Brown’s Swearer Center have enriched learning at William D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville — while also providing undergraduates with valuable experience and deeper connections to the city they call home.
As part of its broader Community Corps initiative, Brown is working with nonprofit Inspiring Minds to support the Providence Public School District by connecting trained college student volunteers to elementary students across 10 schools. Through tutoring and mentoring, volunteers help students gain skills and learn how to make a positive impact on the world around them.
Each year, students and faculty from the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science (DEEPS) work in partnership with Providence Public School District to bring innovative and interactive Earth science curricula into local elementary school classrooms.
For more than a decade, Brown Pre-College has offered eighth graders the chance to dive in to a summer of STEM before heading to high school. Each course includes rigorous academic content, lab or field work and a research project or design challenge. Eligible PPSD students receive need-based scholarship funding to attend.