Award Year: 2015

Francis J. Varieur School

486 Pleasant Street
Pawtucket, RI, 02860-5253

(401) 729-6266

Mrs. Mary Murray, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Edna Coia, Current Principal

Title I School

Pawtucket School District

School Website

Bell Award Winner


To cultivate individual academic excellence through partnership with stakeholders dedicated to high standards in an environment producing dynamic members of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 34%
  • Hispanic: 32%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Our school community celebrates diversity!

Our school community celebrates diversity!

Upon entering Francis J. Varieur Elementary School in the urban community of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, you are aware that you have entered an environment in which personal excellence is expected from all stakeholders. Students, teachers, and staff know their mission: To achieve their personal best and strive toward excellence. Everyone in this community shares the responsibility for the education and well being of all members, which can be witnessed in the hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms. This supportive environment instills the idea that we are partners in education and need each other to be successful.

The culture of high expectations for achievement has been the driving force for all stakeholders to consistently strive to exceed expectations. Most recently, Varieur School was recognized as a “Commended School" for outstanding student achievement. Throughout its history, Varieur School has been able to reach these high expectations because of the consistency of educational materials, teaching methods and strategies, a keen focus on standards and data, and common behavior goals. The teachers strive to remain on the forefront of educational initiatives, reforms, and best practices. Teachers are empowered to take leadership roles, and students are empowered to take ownership of their own learning. The school community has sought grants and other funding to support before and after school programs, summer programs, and to purchase materials to ensure that all students achieve to their full potential.

Students, staff, and teachers daily pledge and live their affirmation of, “I am a Varieur Student, My Learning, My Success, My Responsibility" or "I am a Varieur Teacher, My Teaching, My Success, My Responsibility.”