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Admissions Requirements and Application

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What We Offer

Onward We Learn is Rhode Island’s largest college access organization offering free programming for students starting in sixth grade. Enrollment for the 2022-23 academic year opens in September and will close on Dec. 16.

Enrollment Benefits

  • Caring advisor each academic year
  • Free year-round programming
  • Leadership development
  • Career exploration activities
  • Academic assistance on Saturdays
  • Parent support

Supportive Advising

Our advisors are a diverse group of young professionals who mentor students and understand the challenges that they face.  Advisors support students starting in sixth grade and help them succeed through middle school, high school and college.

Year-Round Programming

Our programs and services are offered free of charge to our families.  These college-readiness programs are designed for students and parents to prepare for and be successful in higher education. 

Programs include: 

  • After-school academic and enrichment programs 
  • Saturday and summer learning opportunities 
  • Leadership development 
  • Career exploration activities 
  • College application workshops 
  • College visits 
  • SAT preparation 
  • Assistance with financial aid forms 
  • Parent workshops, trainings and leadership activities 

Scholarship Support 

We help students who are financially eligible to receive donated scholarships from postsecondary institutions in Rhode Island as well as from other colleges and universities in our Scholarship Collaborative.  We also help our students apply for grants to cover or contribute to college expenses. 

Who is Eligible?

To apply for admission, students must:

  • Be a resident of Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket, West Warwick, or Woonsocket
  • Attend grade 6, 7, or 8 as of September 2022
  • Attend a participating school below
  • Calcutt Middle School 
  • Segue Institute for Learning 
  • The Learning Community 
  • Bain Middle School 
  • Park View Middle School 
  • Varieur Elementary School 
  • Goff Middle School 
  • Jenks Middle School 
  • Slater Middle School 
  • DelSesto Middle School 
  • Esek Hopkins Middle School 
  • Gilbert Stuart Middle School 
  • Nathan Bishop Middle School 
  • Nathanael Greene Middle School 
  • Nuestro Mundo Public Charter School
  • Paul Cuffee Middle School 
  • Roger Williams Middle School 
  • Sophia Academy
  • Times 2 Academy Middle School 
  • West Broadway Middle School 
  • Deering Middle School 
  • Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet 
  • Woonsocket Middle School at Villa Nova
  • BVP Upper Elementary

For more information, please contact:

Admissions Department