According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, 139,184 students enrolled in the public school system in 2020. The state has 66 districts, which are known as Local Education Agencies in Rhode Island. There are 311 public schools in the state staffed by 11,572 teachers. The graduation rate is 83.6%.
Rhode Island allows school districts to set their own open enrollment policies. Families should contact their school district to see if this is an option. In some instances, districts may provide transportation for students who go to a school outside of their town or city. Other Rhode Island public school options include charter schools or magnet schools. Rhode Island also has over 170 private schools to choose from, which may offer a religious tradition or specialized curriculum. Low-income families may qualify for certain scholarships to help with private school funding. Additionally, Rhode Island families may choose to homeschool their children as long as they notify the state of their intention.