Award Year: 2017

Community Elementary School

15 Arnold Mills Road
Cumberland, RI, 02864-3015

(401) 333-5724

Mrs. Cindy Giroux, Principal at time of Nomination

Cumberland School District

School Website


The mission of Community School, a large, suburban elementary school comprised of high-achieving students, is to prepare all students to apply knowledge, and to achieve high academic and social standards by implementing dynamic curriculum in a safe supportive environment that recognizes individual learning styles through a dedicated staff working in partnership with families and community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 15%
Fifth grade students engaged in blended learning.

Fifth grade students engaged in blended learning.

The mission of Community School is to teach children in an environment which constitutes consistency in leaning and embraces the strengths of each individual student guiding their growth to excellence throughout their elementary school years. Many supports are provided for students in order to achieve high academic performance.

Commitment to PBIS principles has enabled us to sustain a learning culture that supports the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student. High expectations for learning and growth are shared by staff and students alike.

Personalized, blended learning is a practice used that motivates our students and allows them choice and flexibility in pace with the use of technology. Thinking Maps and SRSD are tools implemented that enable students to tackle higher order thinking. Students engage in tasks independently and set goals for their own learning.

Utilizing a process for the ongoing collection and analysis of data, practitioners and students monitor and adjust personal learning goals through regular goal setting conferences. Student achievement is a collaborative effort where all students own their own learning.