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At Charette High School

In keeping with our mission, a major goal at Charette is to promote student self-directed learning.  In its broadest meaning, the most common definition of self-directed learning describes a process in which “individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in [assessing] their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes” (Knowles, 1975).

Charette High School is thrilled to become a member of the Summit Learning Community with on-going support from New England Basecamp in our effort to accomplish this goal.  We have provided valuable links to Summit Learning below for a detailed information, but Summit Learning describes what students, teachers, parents and school leaders will experience in Charette’s self-directed learning model.


The Students

The reason for Charette’s being, you are empowered to become self-directed learners—you set goals for your learning, reflect on your progress and build habits and mindsets to help you succeed in college, career and life with mentorship from your teachers. As a focus of the school you will participate in activities that focus on urban planning and historical preservation examining your world and designing ways to make it better. In these efforts, you will be supported by your teachers, school leaders, and parents/guardians to achieve your goals. You will:

  • Take responsibility for when and how you learn content

  • Set learning goals and make plans for how to get there

  • Display metacognition (awareness of your thinking) of how you learn best

Information taken in part from “Self-Directed Learning at Summit Public School (2014) by Matt Wilma and Jeff Cohen.


Extracurricular Activities

Charette is a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). Students can participate fully in Central High School’s Athletics; or the student may choose to participate in another Providence High School that is nearer to their home.


In addition, there are varied and rich extracurricular arts and leadership organizations in the city that are open to any Providence student. "The All Course Network (ACN) is a statewide course catalog that lets students take free courses at colleges, schools, or online." Through the ACN or staff guidance, students find their way to arts, college access and/or career interest programs.Learn more about ACN here ACN course offerings

We are also located around the corner from AS220 which offers free after-school arts classes for teens. To learn more about their programs click the link below. AS220 Programs


Sabanna Berrios - Charette Class of '23

Forward - Juanita Sanchez Lady Cavs


For more information, we strongly encourage you to visit these sites!

  • This video provides an overview of the Summit Learning Program View Video

  • Identifies key components of the Summit Learning. View Website

  • View student accomplishments who are involved in Summit Learning View Website

  • Research document on Self-Directed Learning at Summit Public Schools illustrating the on-going assessment and improvement in program design. View Documents

  • This video shows the meaningful learning and support taking place in RI schools involving New England Basecamp. View Video

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