Enrolling in Blackstone Valley Prep

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are closed

To see your application status please visit SchoolMint.

Enrollment Information

Thank you for your interest in Blackstone Valley Prep!

The application for the 2017-18 school year is closed.

If you have applied, please check to make sure your contact information is accurate in SchoolMint to minimize delays in receiving notifications.

Your Application Status

After we conducted the lottery on March 1st, 2017, parents of accepted scholars were be notified by March 3, 2017. All other parents who submitted an application for their child were notified with their assigned waitlist number.

If a seat opens for a child on the waitlist following the initial lottery we will notify parents via SchoolMint, the program we use to collect and manage applications. Your child’s status on the waitlist can also be viewed on SchoolMint anytime after we run our lottery.

You can also view the status of your application through the Android or iOS “SchoolMint” apps. All applications submitted after the lottery closes (on February 15th, 2017) will be were added to the end of the 2017-18 waitlist.

Contact us with lottery questions

enrollment@blackstonevalleyprep.org or 401.400.1287

Visiting Blackstone Valley Prep

Are you interested in learning more about BVP for your child?
When our application is open (annually from October to February) we host several open houses and tours.

If you would like more information about visiting Blackstone Valley Prep outside of our application window please email Jennifer LoPiccolo.

What Makes BVP Different?

Last year a BVP scholar, his family, and our staff went in front of the camera to tell our story in a new way. While data and descriptions of our practices and model are important to share, we believe that the most impactful way we can share who we are is by telling a story.

parent testimonial

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

What is BVP’s mission?

Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy 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.

What is a school day like at BVP?

Our school day is about 8 hours long and includes one enrichment per day. Models for daily schedules vary by grade level. For more information, see our “Day in the Life” sheets on the About Us page of our website.

When was the lottery application deadline?

The application deadline for the 2017-18 school year was February 15, 2017.

Where can I find information about the Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Lottery and apply?

Families will be able to apply on their phones through an iOS and
Android application called SchoolMint.

Families who do not have internet access at home or through a phone are welcome to come into any BVP school where we will make a kiosk available for them to apply (and provide assistance if needed)

Applications will not be available on paper.

Are there any costs?

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

Is there an entrance exam?

There is no entrance exam. There is no entrance criteria of any kind beyond entering at the appropriate grade level and living in one of the four sending communities (Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln and Pawtucket).

My child is already on the waitlist. Do I need to do anything else?

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

How many lottery spots are available?

There are approximately 250 Kindergarten seats available for the 2017-18 School Year.

If you are applying for a seat in grades 1 – 12, the lottery is used to determine your Wait List number for the 2017-18 School Year. We will notify you of your wait list number after the lottery in March, but the wait list for 2017-18 does not become active until July 1, 2o17. We will not know how many seats for grades 1 – 12 will be available until after we have completed the current school year. Availability for grades 1 – 12 is based entirely on whether our current students indicate that they will return next year.

How many people have applied for the lottery?

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

How do I know if my child is eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch?

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.

Is bus service provided at no cost?

Free bus service is provided for students. Specific transportation information will be discussed during enrollment meetings, which are held after the lottery. For a list of current stops our current bus schedule on our website.

Do brothers and sisters automatically get into BVP?

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 waiting list.

When is the lottery?

The lottery for the 2017­-18 school year will be run on March 1st, 2017.

How and when will families be notified?

BVP’s lottery will be conducted on March 1st, 2017 with auditors from KLR present. Families will be notified via the contact information they provide through the SchoolMint online application (either email or text message) shortly afterward on March 3rd, 2017. Families who are wait­listed will be notified of their wait­list status and have the ability to monitor their status through SchoolMint. If/when a seat becomes available, families will be notified of a seat offer and given the option to accept the seat directly through SchoolMint, or by contacting BVP.