Frequently Asked Questions

Ponaganset High School

CTE Programs

Frequently Asked Questions  2023-2024


I would like to tour Ponaganset High School before deciding whether to apply. Is there a way for me to schedule a tour?

Yes, we encourage prospective students to attend our annual fall Open House. For more information, please visit In addition, students may sign up for one of our periodic tours throughout the year. For specific dates and times, please contact our CTE staff by email at [email protected].


My family lives outside of the Foster-Glocester School District. What are the tuition costs associated with attending Ponaganset High School?

For Rhode Island students, tuition costs are covered by the school district where you live. Students from outside of Rhode Island are not eligible to have the tuition paid by the district where they live. The tuition cost is the per-pupil expenditure.


What CTE Programs are offered at Ponaganset High School? 

Currently there are twelve CTE Programs offered at Ponaganset:  1)Animal Science, 2)Biomedical Science, 3)Business, 4)Computer Science, 5)Construction & Manufacturing, 6)Criminal Justice, 7)Health & Fitness/EMT, 8)Music Performance/Education, 9)Music Technology, 10)Plant Science, 11)Pre-Engineering, and 12)Visual Arts.

Once I choose to enroll in a specific CTE Program, am I required to remain in that program for the duration of my time at Ponaganset?

CTE Programs are designed for a minimum of three years (preferably four years) of instruction and hands-on learning so students have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to seek college credit and/or industry certifications. Programs are flexible, and students may choose to leave a program and enroll in a different program.

The RI Board of Education Regulations Regarding Career and Technical Education affords a high school student to enroll in a RIDE Approved Career and Technical Education Program in a high school in another district. These regulations do not afford students the opportunity to enroll in another school if they are not enrolled in a RIDE Approved Career and Technical Education Program.

As a result, an out-of-district student must be enrolled in a program course each year while attending Ponaganset High School, including their senior year. RIDE requires a school to offer at least a three (3) year sequence in order to be a RIDE approved program. Our programs start in the 9th grade so we offer a four (4) year sequence. A student must complete a minimum of three years to be considered a program completer.  


Is transportation provided to out-of-district students?

Transportation is provided for all in-district students, as well as for out-of-district students residing in Coventry, East Greenwich, Scituate, Warwick, and West Warwick. Accepted students residing in other towns may utilize one of our many bus depot stops in the Burrillville, Cranston, Johnston, and Smithfield areas. If interested in this option and the location of the bus depot stops, please call 401-710-7579. We also have ample parking on site for those students who drive to school.


What types of athletics, extracurricular, and co-curricular opportunities exist at Ponaganset High School?

Ponaganset offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities that allow students to explore their interests. Students are also active in co-curricular activities to supplement their coursework. To view more details about our extra- and co-curricular opportunities, please visit

Ponaganset offers 25 athletic teams. To view more details about our athletic program, please visit


I live outside of the Foster-Glocester School District. Must I notify the school district in the community where I live that I may attend Ponaganset High School?

You do need to notify the district of residence if you decide to submit a formal application to attend our school district and receive preliminary acceptance. This is necessary because the district where you live will be covering the costs of tuition if you are eligible to attend and they need to properly budget the cost. 
You do not need to notify the school district where you live to obtain information about our CTE Programs, attend an open house, take a tour of our campus or explore the possibility of attending our school district.


When is drop-off and pick-up?

Students can be dropped off any time after 7:30 a.m. The first class begins at 7:48 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. For more information on drop-off and pick-up, please see the student handbook.


How would you describe the culture at Ponaganset?

Our Ponaganset Pride is evident from the moment you step on campus. From students sporting their Ponaganset green, to an overwhelming dedication to and involvement in the school community, Ponaganset features a comfortable learning environment that enables students to explore and cultivate their passions. As a result, students are better prepared to succeed at fulfilling their future endeavors.


What is a typical class size for grades 9-12? What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

The overall student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. The typical class size, depending on program of study and student interest, ranges from 16 - 25 students per class.


I am attending a private school and/or I am being home schooled. Do I need to notify the school district in the community where I live that I will attend Ponaganset High School?

In order for you to be accepted into one of our CTE Programs you will need to contact the district where you live, prove residency, and enroll in the district. They will then enter you in their student information system as an out-of-district placement. This is necessary because they will be covering the costs of tuition and need to record you as a student in their district in order to receive funds from the State of RI.

You do not need to notify the school district where you reside to obtain information about our CTE Programs, attend an open house, take a tour of our campus or explore the possibility of attending our school district.


Can I apply to attend Ponaganset High School online?

We prefer that you apply online.  You can do so at or simply:


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For more information please call 401-710-7579 or email at [email protected]

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