Award Year: 2019

Flora S. Curtis Memorial School

582 Benefit Street
Pawtucket, RI, 02861-1475

(401) 729-6252

Mr. Michael Lazzareschi, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Pawtucket School District

School Website


The Flora S. Curtis Elementary School is a diverse family of learners. All school community members collaborate to develop responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in our ever changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • Two or more races: 9%
Flora S. Curtis Elementary School

Flora S. Curtis Elementary School

Pawtucket Public Schools believe that all students continuously improve educational excellence and global citizenship while practicing compassion, courage, and collaboration. Each student, every day at Flora S. Curtis Memorial School begins their morning with warm greetings from their teachers and support staff. It is imperative that children feel a sense of belonging on the campus and know that everyone at Curtis is accepted and respected. Relationships are the heart of the campus initiative, No Bully." All members of the campus community take this responsibility very seriously.

All stakeholders recognize that service is the lifeblood of an educational system. Curtis staff pride themselves on providing top tier community service and expanding evidence-based methodology in teaching and learning. Curtis' rich history of community involvement dates back to Flora S. Curtis herself. Flora was a member of the Community Players in Pawtucket who believed in "...carrying the torch of culture to the Blackstone Valley and enrich community life by presenting locally the best that theatre had to offer."

The modern age of instruction has equipped all Curtis students with 1:1 devices, so they can access pathways of blended learning towards the Common Core Standards. Assessments and up-to-the-minute data are accessible to teachers. Teachers meet weekly to discuss next steps for students in their Personalized Learning Communities. Delivery of instruction is conducted through traditional and non-traditional models.