Ten Things Everyone Should Know
About Providence Summerbridge
Providence Summerbridge operates year-round and
includes four academic and leadership development
components: a six-week summer program, an after
school program, a Saturday program, and a tutoring
program. Students make a two-year, year-round
commitment during their 7th and 8th grade years.
We recruit students from every sixth grade classroom
in Providence Public Schools. We base admissions
decisions on motivation, academic and leadership
potential, and need.
Providence Summerbridge is 100% free for its
students. We provide transportation, meals, books,
and materials—everything. The program targets
students who would not otherwise have access
to comprehensive out-of-school opportunities.
Providence Summerbridge’s academic classes are
creative, skills-based, and hands-on. Instead of
suffering from summer learning loss, students return to
school in the Fall motivated and prepared to excel.
Providence Summerbridge features a
student to teacher ratio of 8:1.
The teachers at Providence Summerbridge are
high school and college students.
Many are also graduates of the program.
Providence Summerbridge includes more than
academics. We offer a curriculum on high school
options, leadership development, and special events
such as Olympics Day and Career & College Day,
and a culture that values spirit, safe play, and
We provide one-on-one high school counseling to
each of our 8th grade students to ensure they make
informed choices about the college-preparatory
high school that will be the best fit for them.
We hire professional teachers to serve as
Mentor Teachers. This is an outstanding
professional development opportunity
for local educators.
Since 1992 Providence Summerbridge has sustained
a model public/private partnership with
the Wheeler School. Wheeler serves as Providence
Summerbridge’s host and provides about
$85,000 in in-kind support annually.