Ponaganset High School Career and Technical Education Programs

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I would like to tour Ponaganset High School before deciding whether to apply. Is there a way for me to schedule a tour? Yes, we encourage prospective students to attend our annual fall open house. In addition, students may sign up for one of our periodic tours throughout the year. For specific dates and times please contact the Ponaganset High School Admission Department by telephone at 401-710-7500 ext. 3190 or  by email at [email protected]

My family lives outside of the Foster-Glocester School District. What are the tuition costs associated with attending  Ponaganset High School? 

For Rhode Island students, tuition costs are covered by the school district where you live. Students from outside of Rhode  Island are not eligible to have the tuition paid by the district where they live. The tuition cost is the per-pupil expenditure.  

What college and career programs are offered at Ponaganset High School?  

Currently there are twelve CTE Programs offered at Ponaganset: 1) Animal Sciences, 2) Biomedical Science, 3) Business,               4) Computer  Science, 5) Construction Management, 6) Criminal Justice, 7) Health and Fitness/EMT,  8) Music and Performing Arts, 9) Music Technology, 10) Farms and Food, 11) Pre-Engineering, and 12) Visual  Arts. 

Once I choose to enroll in a specific program, am I required to remain in that program for the duration of my time at  Ponaganset? 

CTE Programs are designed for a minimum of three years (preferably four years) of instruction and hands-on learning so students have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to seek college credit and/or industry certifications.  All programs require students to complete 80 work based learning hours that must be completed during their four years. 

Is transportation provided to out-of-district students? 

Transportation is provided for all in-district students, as well as for out-of-district students residing in Scituate, Coventry,  Warwick, West Warwick, and East Greenwich. Accepted students residing in other towns may utilize one of our many bus depot stops in Burrillville, Cranston, Johnston, and Smithfield areas. If interested in this option and the location of the bus depot stops, please call 401-710-7500 ext. 3190

What does the application process and timeline look like? 

Students who reside outside of the Foster-Glocester School District must submit an application to attend PHS. Applications are  available on our website at: http://www.fg.k12.ri.us/apply. Priority is given to in-district students for enrollment in our CTE Programs. Once the Master Schedule is developed, any remaining available seats will be filled by qualified applicants using a lottery system in accordance with the RI Regulations on Career and Technical Education. A waiting list will be established where space is not available. 

Early Acceptance applications are due by November 30th. Qualified Early Acceptance Enrollment students who apply by November 30th are notified of preliminary  acceptance by December 30th.

Open Enrollment applications are accepted from December through June (depending upon enrollment). Qualified Open Enrollment applicants  will be notified of preliminary acceptance within 2 weeks after we receive a complete application packet. Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis when space is available. 

Late Enrollment Depending upon program availability, applications are accepted from July through the start of the  school year. Qualified Late Enrollment applicants will be  notified of preliminary acceptance on an ongoing basis (approximately every 2-3 weeks) after receiving a complete application packet.  


What types of athletics, extracurricular, and co-curricular opportunities exist at Ponaganset High School? Ponaganset offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities that allow students to explore their interests. Students are also active in co-curricular activities to supplement their coursework. Ponaganset offers 25 athletic teams. To view more details about our athletic program, please visit the athletics website here. 

I live outside of the Foster-Glocester School District. Must I notify the school district in the community where I live that I may attend Ponaganset High School? 

You do need to notify the district of residence if you decide to submit a formal application to attend our school district. This is  necessary because the district where you live will be covering the costs of tuition if you are eligible to attend and they need to  properly budget the cost. 

You do not need to notify the school district where you live to obtain information about our CTE Programs, attend an open house,  take a tour of our campus or explore the possibility of attending our school district. 

When is drop-off and pick-up? 

Students can be dropped off any time after 7:30 a.m. The first class begins at 7:48 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. For more  information on drop-off and pick-up, please see the student handbook. 

How would you describe the culture at Ponaganset? 

Our Ponaganset Pride is evident from the moment you step on campus. From students sporting their Ponaganset green, to an  overwhelming dedication to and involvement in the school community, Ponaganset features a comfortable learning  environment that enables students to explore and cultivate their passions. As a result, students are better prepared to  succeed at fulfilling their future endeavors. 

What is a typical class size for grades 9-12? What is the student-to-faculty ratio?  

The overall student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. The typical class size, depending on program of study and student interest, ranges  from 16 - 25 students per class.  

I am attending private school and/or I am being home schooled. Do I need to notify the school district in the community  where I live that I will attend Ponaganset High School? 

In order for you to be accepted into one of our CTE programs you will need to contact the district where you live, prove  residency, and enroll in the district. They will then enter you in their student information system as an out-of-district  placement. This is necessary because they will be covering the costs of tuition and need to record you as a student in their  district in order to receive funds from the State of RI. 

You do not need to notify the school district where you reside to obtain information about our CTE programs, attend an open house, take a tour of our campus or explore the possibility of attending our school district. 

Can I apply to attend Ponaganset High School online? 

We prefer that you apply online. You can do so here

Removal from CTE Programs 
Students are responsible for meeting all individual pathway requirements, maintaining academic expectations, and following timelines. Ponaganset High School reserves the right to reconsider or withdraw acceptance of any student that does not maintain eligibility/good standing status. Students may also be removed from Ponaganset’s CTE program for the following: 
1. Excessive absences, tardiness, or serious and/or excessive discipline referrals. 
2. Failure to earn a passing grade in a required pathway course. 
3. Failure to matriculate to the next grade. 
4. Failure to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Ponaganset High School and policies of the Foster-Glocester Regional School District. 

In programs that require safety standards (OSHA, etc.), students must consistently meet those expectations. In the event that a student fails to consistently meet safety standards, a retraining opportunity will be provided and documented. Subsequently, if a student continues to not meet safety standards, the Superintendent may remove the student from his/her College and Career Pathway Program, with notification to the sending district, when appropriate.  

For more information please call 401-710-7500 ext. 3190 or email [email protected].

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