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A college experience for Providence High School seniors

PPSD student with Accelerate logo

Rhode Island College is excited to partner with the Providence Public School District, the Rhode Island Department of Education, CCRI and the College Crusade of Rhode Island on Accelerate, a college experience for Providence high school seniors. Accelerate at RIC is a bold new approach to engage students in an early college experience through virtual enrollment at Rhode Island College that will accelerate the path to a college degree.

Students will fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit in one of two exciting pathways: Pathway to Honors and Excellence in College for English Learners (ExCEL); all while receiving advising and faculty support, peer mentoring, career development and major exploration as well as co-curricular programming.

College Crusade will provide direct support to students and ensure a successful transition to this postsecondary education experience.

Rhode Island College will offer qualified PPSD Seniors a virtual Alternative Senior Year where students will fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit at no cost to the student or their family and will include Co-Curricular Programming, Wrap-Around Supports for Student Success, and a Cohort Model for Peer Learning and Support.

Accelerate Pathways at RIC:

Pathway to Honors (26 credits)

Fall Semester 2020

  • First-Year Writing 100 (4 credits)
  • ENGL 120 – Gen Ed Lit (4 credits)
    • Studies in Literature and Identity
  • HIST 101 – Gen Ed (4 credits)
    • Multiple Voices: Africa in the World
  • Cohort Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Semester 2021 (designed for each student)

  • World language or major requirement (4 credits)
  • MATH Advanced course – Precalc or Statistics (placement testing) (4 credits)
  • Gen Ed H – Natural Science (4 credits)
  • Cohort Seminar (1 credit)

Project ExCEL – (27 credits)

Fall Semester 2020

  • First-Year Writing 100P (6 credits)
  • ESL 180 – Intensive Advanced English (4 credits)
  • HIST 102 – Gen Ed (4 credits)
    • Multiple Voices: Asia in the World

Spring Semester 2021 (designed for each student)

  • World language (4 credits)
  • ESL 150 (1 credit)
  • ENG XXX (4 credits)
  • MATH XXX (4 credits)

Accelerate Benefits to Students:

The ability to jump start their postsecondary career and earn up to 27 Rhode Island College credits at no cost to the student or family.

Accelerate Design:

  • An enhanced senior year experience that is supported through a full-time college experience delivered in a cohort model designed for PPSD high school seniors,
  • Virtual student orientation to ensure a successful transition,
  • Personalized support including an early alert system to help students "stay on path" throughout the year, and
  • Student access to laptop, wi-fi access points, and textbooks (as needed).
  • Students who successfully complete the program can earn up to 27 Rhode Island College credits.

Accelerate Eligibility:

To be eligible to participate, Providence Public School students must be in their senior year of high school and meet one of the following criteria bundles:

  1. A GPA above 2.8, an attendance rate above 90% and PSAT math and ELA scores above 410.
  2. Successful completion of the PrepareRI Readiness Project.
  3. Successful completion of the PrepareRI Internship Boot Camp and/or Internship Program

Accelerate Student Supports at RIC:

  • Advising and Faculty support
  • Project ExCEL dedicated staff member
  • Honors Faculty Coordinator
  • Learning 4 Life Navigators
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Early Alerts and Interventions for student success
  • Engagement & Performance Tracking for Student Success
  • Disability Services Support & Coordination with IEP Managers
  • Alumni Mentoring and Professional Connections
  • Career Development and Major Exploration
  • Access to virtual Academic Lecture Series & Cultural Performances

Register for a virtual information session:

Wed. 9/9 at 6:00pm
Registration Form for Students:

Thurs. 9/10 at 11:30am
Registration Form for Students:

Sat. 9/12 at 10:00am
Registration Form for Students:


Submit your application for Accelerate HERE

RIC Contacts:

Brian Stevens, Assistant Director of Admissions: | 401-533-0011 (call or text for admissions information)

Jim Tweed, Dean of Enrollment Management: | 401-456-8233

Trece Mettauer, Director of Academic Initiatives: | 401-456-9975

Page last updated: September 11, 2020