Award Year: 2021

Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School

11 Limerock Road
Smithfield, RI, 02917-1903

(401) 231-6652

Mrs. Julie Struck Dorsey, Principal at time of Nomination

Smithfield Public School District

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The promise of Raymond C. LaPerche School is that "Every student will be prepared for continued learning, career, and life." In partnership with families and the community, LaPerche School seeks to create a rich learning environment enabling students to become confident and effective communicators, proficient readers, critical thinkers, and life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Students celebrating the start of the school day!

Students celebrating the start of the school day!

The steadfast staff of Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School strives to create an environment where all students grow as individuals and as a part of the school community. A focus on student leadership, the inclusion of all, and high academic standards combined with social and emotional learning have resulted in a dynamic place to thrive.

Leadership skills are developed when students serve on the recycling team, lead small instructional groups, supervise the hallways on safety patrol, manage the school store, speak at the whole school morning meeting, and perform in the school-wide town meetings. Students leave LaPerche as confident leaders ready to succeed.

Inclusion is a priority at LaPerche. Each student, despite their varying abilities, has opportunities for meaningful inclusion with their peers. Raymond C. LaPerche, along with two other Smithfield schools, achieved National Banner Status from Special Olympics and was named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. In partnership with Special Olympics of Rhode Island, LaPerche hosts an annual Unified Field Day - a day to celebrate our young and unified athletes across all Smithfield elementary schools.

LaPerche is dedicated to ongoing cycles of instructional improvement to maximize student growth. LaPerche partnered with Learning Forward and the Rhode Island Department of Education to engage in Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles focused on unit unpacking, lesson internalization, student work analysis, and high-quality curriculum implementation. These improvement cycles are now embedded into the culture of the school and continue to yield gains in student achievement.