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Beacon Charter High School
for the Arts

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Beacon Charter High School for the Arts opened in 2003 with an aim to provide an alternative, art-centered, educational experience to students from all across Rhode Island. In the fifteen years since opening its doors, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts has established a consistent track record of high academic achievement, high-quality arts programs, and an enriching focus on community involvement. In addition, Beacon has developed a school culture of acceptance and diversity, creating a safe environment for students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 

Beacon Charter High School for the Arts’ mission is to develop artistic thinkers by nurturing self-expression while preparing graduates with the academic skills necessary for sustained postsecondary success.


At Beacon, students declare an art major in Culinary, Visual, or Theatre arts. Our students spend about 20% of their time in art classes, where they focus on developing and refining their craft for their chosen major. The rest of their time is spent in college preparatory academic classes with curriculums that follow state and national standards. Academic classes are taught by well-qualified, certified teachers with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

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