About Us

Welcome to the Sheila C. "Skip" Nowell Leadership Academy!

We are a public charter school, open to high school students who live anywhere in Rhode Island.

Targeted towards at-risk and under-served youth Statewide, our school represents a quality educational option for students who have struggled to succeed in Rhode lsland's traditional public high schools, especially those dealing with teenage pregnancy and parenting, family care-taking responsibilities, domestic abuse, lack of family support and other family-related challenges.

What makes Nowell unique?

Like other public high schools, we offer students a chance to receive a rigorous education and a path to a diploma; unlike other schools, we provide a flexible, alternative pathway to high school graduation.

We use time differently: we operate on a year round calendar, divided into trimesters. Students have a flexible schedule that encourages "blended learning" – where students learn in both a classroom setting and through an online learning environment (where students participate from home with the use of laptops.) Students are provided with the online tools they need to succeed with our independent curriculum, which is at the forefront of virtual learning in the state.

The Nowell Leadership Academy is a wrap around school offering not only academics, but providing resources to all students, including access to childcare and time to meet with support services.

We are now open with two campuses: the Capital Campus, located in Providence, and the Central Campus, located in Central Falls. Enrollment is open to all students from across Rhode Island.

Our motto is Real students, Real solutions, Bright Futures : we believe that every student can succeed when given the opportunity to access to innovative learning supported with careful guidance of committed educators.

Learn More

To learn more about us, please get in touch! We welcome students, families, fellow educators and community members to join us. Please see our Contact page for our address, email and phone numbers.

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