PRN Pathways and Admissions


Classic - 1 Year

  • Aspiring principal with full or nearly full release time from other duties works with a mentor principal in the same building for a 12-month residency.

  • Most aspiring principals have full-time release from their duties. If the aspiring principal does not have full-time release from their current job duties, all the following criteria must be met:

  • Aspiring principals cannot be in direct service to students for more than 25% of the time in the residency.

Leader of Record - 2 Years

  • Classroom teachers or other qualified educators to participate in a part-time residency for their first year, and complete the PRN program in their second year by serving as a school leader.

  • An aspiring principal in the Leader of Record pathway experience a residency in her/his/their first year that is similar to the Extended Time pathway (work with mentor before school, during preparation periods, after school and during the summer).

  • An aspiring principal needs approximately 35 days of release time from the classroom to fulfill all residency requirements, and meet proficiency in the RI leadership standards

Extended Time - 2 Years

  • The Extended Time (ET) pathway allows classroom teachers to participate in the PRN while teaching over a two-year part-time residency.

  • Aspiring principals work with a mentor principal before school, during preparation time, and after school over two years. An AP also works for at least four weeks each summer with her/his mentor principal to prepare the school for fall opening.

  • The AP needs approximately 30 days of release time from the classroom each year to attend all meetings, fulfill all residency requirements, and meet proficiency in the RI leadership standards.


PRN 2020/2021 Information Session dates:

  • Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 4:30

  • Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 4:30

  • Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 4:30

  • Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 4:30

Location: CLEE, 40 1/2 Rice Street, Providence, RI 02907

We strongly recommend you attend an information session. Click on this form to sign up for one of the four listed above. 

You can find Frequently Asked Questions here.

Get prepared early: contact Kirsten LaCroix,, for program information.