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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
9 - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

We have not yet selected a model. We are entertaining the idea of promoting the station-rotation model in an effort to provide flexibility for teachers to implement various forms of differentiation for their students, where one station could possibly be a teacher-led station with a small group of students.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

We have a BYOD policy that still needs some fine-tuning. In an effort to enhance access to technology and make it a little more equitable for all students, we are starting to provide a select number of Chromebook carts spread out across the building. Specifically, we have a few carts for each discipline to share. Most recently, English and Social Studies have access to two carts each with 30 chromebooks in each.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

You have to “go slow to go fast.” I think our gradual implementation plan, where one select grade will be targeted each consecutive school year, will help with gradually welcoming a new cohort of freshmen each school year with the tools needed for them to succeed both academically and socially.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:

We offer embedded professional learning opportunities for our faculty and staff here at PHS. Specifically, we have implemented a Pineapple Classroom Board, which allows teachers to showcase an amazing lesson on any given day. It provides transparency for other teachers to come and informally visit for a short duration of time, and if asked, to also provide “critical friend feedback.” We feel this is an organic, ground-up approach towards providing meaningful PD during the school day. One other initiative that we have implemented a few years ago is our EdCamp-style unconference model of professional learning during in-school and after-school hours. Teachers have a lot of choice and voice over specific session topics they want to contribute in and learn more about. For example, one breakout session catered towards Google Classroom while another session focused on our cell-phone policy.

Program Focus


School Partners

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages
Computer Programming

School Overview

Portsmouth High School serves the communities of Portsmouth and Little Compton. A majority of our students come from Portsmouth Middle School and Wilbur-McMahon Middle School of Little Compton, two of our main feeder schools. Portsmouth is a suburban community with a population of approximately 17,400. Little Compton is a rural farming community with a population of about 3, 600.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and Portsmouth community, we want to welcome you to Portsmouth High School... ---WE are the HOME of the Portsmouth Patriots.
Patriots believe that:
We are all members of a safe, supportive and accepting community
All community members have unique talents to contribute
All community members are responsible for teaching and learning
All students have access to a guaranteed and viable curriculum with authentic learning opportunities.
All community members have opportunities to explore ideas and achieve academically, ...and finally,
All of our graduates WILL be college and career ready

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Joseph Amaral

Contact Title: Principal

Portsmouth High School
120 Education Ln.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
United States

Telephone: (401)-683-2124

Portsmouth High School's Website


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Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools


Blended Program Launched 2017