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What We Offer

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Now in our 32nd year, we are the state’s largest college access organization serving college-bound students who are the first in their families to attend and complete college, meaning neither parent has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. We offer students supportive advising, year-round programming, college admission guidance and scholarship support to offset the high cost of college.

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, Cranston, Providence, Pawtucket, West Warwick or Woonsocket 
  • Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and/or be a first-generation* college-bound student 
  • Attend Grade 6, 7 or 8 as of September 2022 in one of these schools: 

Central Falls

  • Calcutt Middle School 
  • Segue Institute for Learning 
  • The Learning Community 

Cranston

  • Bain Middle School 
  • Park View Middle School 

Providence

  • 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 

Pawtucket

  • Varieur Elementary School 
  • Goff Middle School 
  • Jenks Middle School 
  • Slater Middle School 

West Warwick

  • Deering Middle School 

Woonsocket 

  • Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet 
  • Woonsocket Middle School at Villa Nova

Other

  • BVP Upper Elementary

*Parents/guardians do not have a bachelor’s degree from the U.S.

Questions? Contact us: 

Admissions Department
admissions@onwardwelearn.org
401-519-0210 

If you would like to begin the application process, please click here.