About Cumberland School Department

Cumberland School Department at a Glance

  • Cumberland has a population of 33,506 at the 2010 census and is the home to eight public schools serving students in grades PK through grade 12
  • The graduating class at Cumberland High School in 2019 was 330 students
Cumberland School Department
2602 Mendon Road
Cumberland , RI 02864

Cumberland is located in the north eastern region of Rhode Island. The Cumberland School District has eight schools. The five elementary schools – Ashton, B.F. Norton, Community, Garvin Memorial and J.J.M. Cumberland Hill – all five offer full day kindergarten. Ashton Elementary houses the Cumberland Preschool Center.

Cumberland also has two middle schools, Joseph L. McCourt and North Cumberland Middle School. Cumberland has one high school. The total enrollment for Cumberland Schools (as of October 2018) remains steady at approximately 4685 students.

The school system is led by its seven-member School Committee that is elected to serve for two years and includes a Chairperson, Vice-chairperson and Clerk. The School Committee hires a Superintendent of Schools to administer policies and to manage and lead learning in the district. The Cumberland Superintendent of Schools (in chronological order) are Mr. Robert Condon, Dr. Robert McGinnis, Mr. Rodney McFarlin, Dr. Robert Patterson, Mr. Robert Wallace (1993–1996), Mr. Joseph Nasif (1996–2005), Dr. Donna Morelle (2005–2011), Dr. Phil Thornton (2011–2015), Mr. Robert Mitchell (2015–2021) and Dr. Phil Thornton (present)

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