- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded a $3 million grant to Providence to develop two small, non-traditional high schools.

Providence School Superintendent Susan Lusi says the two schools each will have no more than 450 students.

She says the idea is to close the city’s learning gap by meeting each student and his or her education level and using innovated teaching methods to prepare those students to succeed at a college level. Those methods could include longer days, weekend classes and online learning.

The schools are expected to be opened in existing buildings, with enrollment starting with a group of ninth-graders in 2015.

The city plans to use part of the three-year grant to hire two experts to design and lead the high schools.

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