The mission of the Warwick Public Schools, working cooperatively with families and the community, is to provide challenging learning environments that enable all students to develop skills and knowledge necessary to become self-directed, life-long learners, highly productive responsible citizens, and contributors to a technological and diverse society.
(Warwick Public Schools Mission Statement, 2001-)
Superintendent, Richard D'Agostino, Ed.D.
2015 Kindergarten Registration
Children must attain 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2015 to be eligible for Kindergarten
Registration will take place beginning the week of February 23, 2015
Registration will take place by appointment only
Call the Central Registration Office to schedule an appointment at 401-734-3040
The office is at 34 Warwick Lake Ave.
Information you must bring to register:
Proof of Residency
Parent Picture ID
If Guardian - copy of court guardianship
If Divorced - proof of custody
All registration forms are available online, click below
Centralized Enrollment Procedure for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-12
For School Year 2014-15
Centralized enrollment is being done by appointment only at the Warwick Public Schools Administration building, located at 34 Warwick Lake Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02889. Enrollment times are between the hours of 8:00am and 2:30pm.
Appointments can be made by calling 734-3040
Parent or Guardian must be present at the time of enrollment.
Background Checks Now Required for School Volunteers
The governor has signed legislation last week to require any individuals who are current or prospective volunteers of a school department and who may have direct or unmonitored contact with children or students on school premises to undergo a state criminal background check.
If you are planning on volunteering at your school this year, please obtain your BCI check soon! This includes volunteering for PTA program/events, volunteering in your child's classroom, and chaperoning for field trips. Please note that you will not be able to volunteer in any capacity in any school if a state criminal background check is not completed.
There are a couple of options available to obtain a state criminal background check (BCI):
Visit the Warwick Police Station - Free for Warwick Residents
(Must Bring Valid License or ID)
From the Desk of the Superintendent
Press Release Regarding Mario Atoyan
On March 23, 2015, Mayor Scott Avedisian and I received an email communication from Colonel Stephen McCartney notifying us that one of the teachers at Gorton Junior High School was about to be arrested on serious criminal charges. These charges resulted from a secret grand jury proceeding that legally this school department was not entitled to know about and we did not know about.
The Warwick Public Schools reacted immediately to take all steps necessary to ensure that Mr. Atoyan would not appear on school grounds again while these criminal charges were pending. We have no knowledge of the details of the pending criminal charges at this time other than that which has been reported by the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General. Law enforcement representatives have informed us that no further information will be released as this matter is an open investigation.
Over recent days, I have heard rumors, speculation and innuendo that this school district had prior knowledge of "similar incidents" involving this teacher. The reporting of such misinformation is irresponsible and untrue. While laws and contractual restrictions prevent me from discussing the details of personnel matters, I can assure you that there were no prior incidents with this teacher that caused us to conclude that he was unsafe to teach our students. Student safety is of paramount importance to us and is something that I have devoted 30 plus years of my career in Warwick preserving and protecting. I assure the families and students in this community that your children are safe in our schools.
Mr. Atoyan is currently on leave with pay. As superintendent, I lack legal authority to stop paying him. That action must be taken by the Warwick School Committee. It is the regular practice of the Warwick Public Schools to seek permission from the School Committee to suspend employees without pay while criminal charges are pending.
Richard D'Agostino, Ed.D.
Warwick Public Schools
March 25, 2015