Classical Today

Classical High School, Providence, RI celebrating its 174th birthday this year!

School Background

Classical High School, founded on March 20, 1843, is a coeducational college preparatory school in the Providence School District. The student body is selected on the basis of a rigorous entrance examination (High School Placement Test and Naglieri Non-Verbal Test) as well as superior academic achievement.

Cum Laude Society

Classical High School has been a Charter member since 1921 of the Cum Laude Society, which recognizes superior scholarship.


Total enrollment (June 2014) in grades 9-12 was 1,117, of which 248 were seniors. The student body is made up of a wide range of ethnically diverse students.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Special Features

Classical offers a complete coeducational, interscholastic and intramural sports program. Extra-curricular activities encompass over 40 clubs, including our nationally acclaimed Science Olympiad, Math Team, Dramatics, Newspaper, Literary Magazine, etc.

Class Rank

Class rank is cumulative from the ninth grade through the twelfth. Rank is calculated at the end of the sixth and seventh semesters. All courses at Classical are considered advanced, consequently, Honors and regular courses are not weighted, but AP classes are raised one letter grade for the purpose of rank only. Grade point averages of more than 100 are possible, but infrequent. Rank is determined by Classical grades only.

Advanced Placement Courses (Approved By College Board)

English 3 AP Language, English 4 AP Literature
Calculus AB AP, Calculus BC AP, Statistics AP
Biology AP, Chemistry AP, Physics B AP, Physics C AP,
Environmental Science AP
French 4 AP Lang, Spanish 4 AP Lang
Spanish 5 AP Lit, Latin 4 AP, AP Japanese 4, AP Italian 4
European History AP, U. S. History AP, U.S. Govt. AP
Studio Art AP

Advanced Placement Courses (Approved By College Board)

Honors English (grade 10)
Foreign Language-as determined by placement exam
Honors Spanish 3

National Merit

Semifinalists: Class of 2012 – 3
Finalists: Class of 2012 – 2
Semifinalists: Class of 2013 – 3
Commended: Class of 2012 – 2
National Merit Achievement Semifinalists Class of 2013 – 3
National Hispanic Recognition Program Class of 2013 – 3

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