PrepareRI for Students and Families

Prepare Rhode Island means ensuring that every student has the skills they need to be successful in whatever career they end up pursuing. The initiative was built on the belief that all young people—regardless of their previous background or intended career—will need a post-secondary credential and practical work experience to be successful.

How to get involved in PrepareRI depends on a student's age.
Check out the high school or elementary & middle school sections below.


All students start here:

Make a plan. From sixth grade on, every student should have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). An ILP is a student-directed roadmap for your school experience, based on your interests, needs, learning goals, and graduation requirements. 

Don't have one? Talk to you guidance counselor or a teacher today to make sure you have the support and tools you need to set and achieve your goals. 

High School Students

If you're in high school, PrepareRI provides resources to help you get on a pathway to a high-paying job. Whether you plan on attend college or not, there are many opportunities in high school that can set you up for long-term success.

  • Enroll in a career education program
    • Career and technical education (CTE) programs help you learn the practical skills  that will prepare you for a job. PrepareRI is working to ensure that if you complete all the courses in a CTE program, you will earn a credential that Rhode Island employers value. If your school doesn't have a CTE program, don't worry--you can enroll in any CTE program in the state for free. Check out the list of CTE programs to find one that interests you.
  • Earn college credit in high school
    • You can earn college credits while you're still in high school, giving you a head start on your future college career. All of these options are free for Rhode Island public school students.
    • Through dual enrollment, you can take classes at one of Rhode Island's public colleges. View the course catalogs for the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, or Community College of Rhode Island
    • Through concurrent enrollment, you can take classes for college credit without ever leaving your high school. View the Concurrent Enrollment Course Catalog. You can also earn college credit by earning a qualifying score on an Advanced Placement (AP) class; ask your counselor about the AP classes available at your school. 
    • Through the Advanced Course Network, you can take classes from a variety of institutions, such as private universities, other high schools, or non-profits. Go to the Advanced Course Network catalog to sign up.
  • Get an internship
    • You can learn a lot by working, and PrepareRI is trying to create more options for work-based learning. Apply for the new PrepareRI Internship Program or ask your counselor about other work-based learning options available at your school.
  • Get a Pathway Endorsement on your diploma
    • If you will be graduating in 2021 or later, you can earn a Pathway Endorsement on your diploma, proving that you are graduating with skills in a specific subject area. Ask your school counselor for more information.

Elementary and Middle School Students

If you are in elementary or middle school, then PrepareRI aims to help you discover your passions and the many possible careers you could pursue.

  • Explore possible careers
    • Career exploration gives you a chance to check out jobs and careers that you might want to do when you get older. Ask your teacher or counselor about the career exploration options available at your school. 
  • Take classes outside your school
    • If you're a middle school student, you can sign up to take free courses at other schools, local non-profits, and other organizations through the Advanced Course Network. Go to the Advanced Course Network catalog to sign up.