Enrolling in Blackstone Valley Prep

The application window for the 2022-23 school year opens on November 23.

Blackstone Valley Prep shifted to a unified enrollment system for the 2021-2022 school year. Launched by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), EnrollRI allows families to discover, compare, and apply to participating charter schools in one centralized location. It ensures that access to RIDE schools and programs remains easy, safe, and accessible for all families.

As always, enrollment in a public charter school is nonselective and conducted by random lottery.

How To Apply

Families can apply to BVP using the EnrollRI Common Application. The 2022-23 application window opens Tuesday, November 23, 2021 and closes Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 5 p.m. BVP will conduct its 2022-23 admissions lottery April 1, 2022 with auditors from KLR present, and will communicate a student’s enrollment status shortly thereafter.

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Elementary scholars working on laptios
Elementary School 1 classroom
Scholar holding up Williams College pennant
Teacher Allie Perras working with a scholar

What Makes BVP Different?

A BVP scholar, his family, and our staff went on camera to tell our story in a new way. While data and descriptions of our practices are important to share, we believe the most authentic way to describe what we do is by allowing our scholars and parents to tell their stories.

parent testimonial

  • “A BVP scholar is what every child is: dynamic, unique, and special in every way. Any child could be a BVP scholar because BVP serves all children.”

    Lina Mejia, Parent
  • “My family can’t say enough- I'm grateful everyday that my daughter's exposed to high academic rigor, homework, activities, and a community of motivated teachers.”

    Lina Mejia, Parent
  • “To find a school culture that prioritizes both diversity, as well as high-expectations for academics to support her future in college and the world beyond, is wonderful. We’ve been thrilled with our daughter’s progress and truly love the school.”

    Georgia Shaban, Parent
  • “The opportunity to choose where my son goes to school gave me the ability to seek out a program that fit my son's educational needs and I am grateful for it.”

    Krystal Vasquez, Parent
  • “It is so important to me that my daughter’s world is made up of people from many background, and my daughter experiences this every day at BVP.”

    Teague Shosh, Parent

BVP Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

Blackstone Valley Prep is an intentionally diverse, tuition-free network of public charter schools that serves students by lottery from four communities—Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket. Our mission is to prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond.

Our school day is about eight hours long and includes one enrichment per day. Models for daily schedules vary by grade level. For more information, see the Academics page of our website.

The application deadline for the 2021-2022 school year was Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Blackstone Valley Prep is a network of tuition-free public schools. There is no cost to apply and there is no cost to enroll.

There is no entrance exam. The only requirement is residency in one of BVP’s four sending communities (Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket).

Y​ES. All children on the waitlist for previous school years must re­apply each year. Waitlists are only valid for the current school year.

There are approximately 225 Kindergarten seats available each year.

If you are applying for a seat in grades 1-12, the lottery is used to determine your waitlist number. Availability for grades 1-12 is based entirely on whether our current scholars indicate that they will return next year. As such, we do not know how many seats will be available in grades 1-12 until after we complete the current school year.

There is high demand, but we still encourage every single family to apply if they are interested.

If your family has ever qualified for subsidized meals at other schools, or your family receives any public assistances, including SNAP, WIC, or TANF, you may be eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meals. If you apply online, there is a calculator on the application to help determine your eligibility.

BVP provides free bus service. Specific transportation information will be discussed during enrollment meetings, which are held after the lottery. For a list of current stops, you can find our current bus schedule on our website.

All siblings must apply ​to the lottery every year. Siblings are given preference in the lottery above non-sibling applicants. If there are no available seats, then siblings are given preference on the waitlist.

The 2021-2022 lottery was conducted on April 1, 2021.

The 2021-2022 lottery was conducted on April 1, 2021. Families were notified by email by Monday, April 5. Any family who applied to BVP and didn’t receive communication should email enrollment@blackstonevalleyprep.org.

EnrollRI Frequently Asked Questions

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