Principal's Message

Dear Members of Our Learning Community,

Charlestown Elementary School is a small elementary school located in coastal Charlestown, Rhode Island and is part of the Chariho Regional School District.  The school enrolls approximately 250 students from Kindergarten to Grade 4. Charlestown Elementary School has earned the distinction of being recognized as a 5 Star School from the Rhode Island Department of Education. We have also been nominated for a National Blue Ribbon Award! We’re committed to maintaining this recognition through our consistent and persistent focus on student support and achievement.

Our school is a safe and happy learning environment for all.  Substitutes, new families and visitors often compliment our culture.   Families care deeply about our school; PTO meetings are well attended and events planned are ideal family experiences.  


Our staff members work collaboratively to support all students.  We build positive relationships and consider the best needs of each child.  Strong Response to Intervention and Special Education programs help to identify and support students with academic obstacles.  We also recognize and further challenge students who need enrichment opportunities through our Highly Capable Program. 


Charlestown School has a specialty focus on outdoor learning. Our PTO has planned and created beautiful outdoor learning spaces behind our school. Teachers enrich current lessons by taking students outside for instruction. We have a building-wide focus on student perseverance. Students are nominated and recognized during Student of the Trimester events.


To register your child, parents and guardians need to present a locator card from the Charlestown Town Hall, birth certificate, immunization records, and any legal documentation. Kindergarten students are welcomed each spring to Kindergarten Registration, which includes guided tours by members of our 4th Grade Student Council. Summer Orientation sessions are scheduled for all new students, including those entering Kindergarten. Tours can be scheduled at any time by contacting us at 364-7716.


Jennifer J. Poore


RI National Distinguished Principal Award - 2018