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In the above schools, free instruction is given to the children of both sexes of all the inhabitants of the city, who may see fit to avail themselves of the same, subject to the Regulations herein provided.
Art. 2. School Hours.-All the public schools shall begin their morning session at 9 o'clock, A. M., and close at 12 M. throughout the year. They shall begin their afternoon session at 2 o'clock, P. M., ard close at 5 o'clock, P. M., except in the "short duys," when they shall continue as long as the light permits. Exception.The girls' department in the High School is permitted to have one session of six hours, daily, with suitable times for recesses.
Art. 3. Holidays for all the Schools.— The following holidays shall be granted alike to all the schools, viz.-Every Saturday, days of public Fast, Thanksgiving day and the day following, Christmas day, and the day of the celebration of American Independence.
Art. 4.* Schools not to be dismissed without permission. But on no other days shall a school be dismissed without permission from the General Committee, except in cases of emergency, when the Superintendent shall have power to dismiss a school.
SECTION 1.-PRIMARY SCHOOLS. Art. 1. Number of leachers and admission of pupils.—Each Primary School is under the care of a Preceptress and one Assistani Teacher.
No child who shall not have attained the age of four years shall be admitted as a pupil into a Primary School.
Art. 2. Branches taught.— The branches taught in these schools are the ele. ments of Reading, Spelling, Arithmetic and Geography. The teachers in these schools also give their pupils much useful oral instruction of a familiar kind, suited
Art. 3. Books used. The books used for instruction in the Primary Schools, shall be the following: Emerson's Progressive Primer; My First School Book ; The Young Reader; Common School Speller: American Popular Lessons; North American Arithmetic, First Part; Mitchell's Primary School Geography. The Dictionary to be used by the Teachers in these schools shall be that of Mr. J. E. Worcester.
Art. 4: Daily reading of the Scriptures.-Portions of the Scriptures shall be read daily in these schools by the presiding teacher, for the moral and religious instruction of the pupils.
Art. 5. Vocal Music. The teachers are required to make vocal music one of the exercises of these schools.
to their age.
SECTION II.-INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS. Art. 1. Number of leuchers and course of studies. Each Intermediate School is under the management of two female Teachers, a Preceptress and an Assistant. The pupils in these schools advance progressively from the lessons in the Primary Schools to more difficult lessons in Reading, Spelling, Arilhmelic and Geography, and begin to take lessons in Writing.
Art. 2. Admission of Pupils.—No child shall be admitted as a pupil into an Intermediate School, unless transferred by the Superintendent, or upon examination by the Teacher he or she shall be found qualified to join the lowest class therein.
Art. 3. Books used. The books used for instruction in the Intermediate Schools shall be the following: American Popular Lessons, Gradual Reader, Common School Speller, North American Arithmetic, 2d part, Mitchell's Primary School Geography, Common School History.
Worcester's Dictionary shall be used in these schools.
Art. 4. Penmanship— Reading the Bible, and Vocal Music.— The Superintendent shall direct the use of such system or systems of penmanship in the Intermediate Schools as he may deem expedient.
Portions of the Scriptures shall be read daily in these schools, by the presiding teacher, for the moral and religious instruction of the pupils.
The teachers are required to make vocal music one of the exercises of these schools.
SECTION III.-GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. Art. 1. Number of Teachers.—Each Grammar School is under the care of a Master and two female Assistant Teachers.
Art. 2. Admission of Pupils.-Children who have not been regularly transferred to the Grammar Schools, by the Superintendent, shall be examined, on application for admission, by the Masters of said schools; and, if found to be qualified to join the lowest class, they shall be permitted to enter, but if not qualified they may be sent to an Intermediate School.
No new pupil shall be admitted into these schools except during the first week of each quarter, and on the first Mondays of the second and third school months, without a permit from the Superintendent; but a pupil whose residence is changed to another district, may pass to the Grammar School in the same at any time, if he bear with him, from the master of the school which he leaves, a certificate of good standing and character; otherwise he shall be subject to the regulation for admission, before provided.
Art. 3. Studies pursued.-In these Schools the scholars use a new set of text books which present more enlarged and accurate views of the several branches they have already begun to study, and in these books, with such additional remarks and illustrations as the Teachers throw around the various topics of study, the pupils continue their exercises in Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Geography, and commence English Grammar, the History of the United States and General History.
Art. 4. Books used.-The books used in the Grammar Schools shall be the following: The Common School Speller, Common School History, as a reading book, The National Reader, The American First Class Book, Mitchell's Geography and Atlas, Goodrich's History of the United States, The North American Arithmetic, Parts 2d and 3d, Farnum's English Grammar, Wayland's Practical Ethics, Abridged, Worcester's Dictionary shall be used in these schools.
Art. 5. Reading the Bible-Penmanship-Declamation, and Vocal Music.-
penmanship in the Grammar Schools as he may deem expedient.
There shall also be exercises in declamation at suitable times, as may be directed by the Superintendent.
The teachers are required to make vocal music one of the exercises of these schools.
SECTION IV.-HIGH SCHOOLS. Art. 1. Number of Teachers.—The High School is under the government of a Principal, and three male and three female Teachers, and thorough instruction is given iherein in the higher branches of an English education, and, at the request of parents or guardians, in the preparatory branches of a classical education.
Art. 2. Pupils admissible to the High School.-No child shall be admitted as a pupil of the High School, who is not qualified immediately to enter upon the course of studies pursued therein.
No child who shall not be a pupil of a Grammar School shall be admitted to the High School, when there is a sufficient number in the Grammar Schools qualified for admission therein. But, whenever there shall not be a sufficient number of such candidates, any child, living in the city, if qualified, may be admitted, without having passed through a Grammar School.
Art. 3. Pupils may remain three years.-No pupil shall remain in said school more than three years, unless by permission obtained from the General Committee.
Art. 4. Male and Female departments, separate.—The male and female pupils of the High School shall be instructed in separate apartments, all of which shall be under the daily supervision of the Principal. No other school of any kind shall be taught in the same building with the High School.
Art. 5. Number of Classes.—There shall be three classes in each department in the High School, a Junior, a Middle, and a Senior Class, the studies of each of which shall occupy one year. The numbers in the classes shall be as nearly equal as they can be made.
Art. 6. Examination of candidates for admission.-An examination of candidates for the High School shall take place on Saturday, in the week prece. ding the annual meeting of the Committee in August, and the examination shall be continued, if necessary, on the Monday following. There shall be five examiners, who shall be chosen by the General Committee, from their own number or at large. The Principal shall, if required, assist in the examination.
Art. 7. Qualifications for admission--ground of preference in admission. The candidates must be well versed in the studies pursued by the highest class of the Grammar Schools. The examiners shall admit those candidates who are best qualified to fill the vacancies in the High School, giving a preference to those who have been longest in the Grammar Schools.
Art. 8. Examinations and admissions to fill vacancies. When vacancies shall occur during the year, pupils may be admitted to fill them, but in the first week of each quarter only; and they must be found qualified, upon an examination by the Superintendent or the Principal, to take the advanced standing for which they apply. The rule of preference before provided, in favor of candidates from the Grammar Schools, shall be observed.
Art. 9. One month's unnecessary absence dissolves a pupil's connexion.Absence from this school for one month, without an excuse satisfactory to the Superintendent, shall dissolve the connexion of a pupil with the school.
Art. 10. Branches Taught. The branches taught in the High School shall be the following: Reading and Writing ; Ancient and Modern Geography; Elements of History, Ancient and Modern ; History of the United States, and the Constitution of the same; Grammar and Rhetoric, with exercises in composi. tion and declamation ; Logic and Intellectual Philosophy; Moral Philosophy and Political Economy; Natural Theology and the Evidences of Christianity; Arithmetic and Book-Keeping; Algebra and Geometry; Trigonometry, with its applications to Surveying, Navigation, Mensuration, &c.; Natural Philosophy and Astronomy; Animal and Vegetable Physiology, and Chemistry; The Preparatory branches of a Classical education.
Each class in the school shall have a daily exercise in reading from the Scriptures.
Art. 11. Lectures to be given.— The Principal of this school will give brief illustrative Lectures on the different branches of Natural History, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry; and also in short and familiar Lectures, exhibit to the pupils an outline of the Political Institutions of this State and City.
Worcester's Dictionary shall be used in this school. Art. 12. Vocal Music.—The teachers are required to make vocal music one of the exercises of these schools.
Art. 13. Annual Exhibition. There shall be an annual public exhibition by the pupils in the High School, at a time to be determined by the Committee. The Superintendent shall give public notice of these exhibitions.
SECTION V.-SCHOOLS FOR COLORED CHILDREN. Art. 1. The Primary School. This school is under the care and instruction of a Preceptress, and an Assistant when necessary. All the Regulations pertaining to the other Primary Schools apply to this. The course of study and the books used are the same.
Art. 2. The Grammar School. This school is under the instruction and government of a Master, and a female Assistant when necessary. The course of study and the text books in this school are the same as in the other Grammar Schools, and Regulations applicable to them apply to this school.
NOTE.-The City Council annually employ Physicians to attend, at appointed times, a public Vaccination at each school-room, when all pupils, and others who choose to come are vaccinated at public expense.
JOURNAL OF RHODE ISLAND INSTITUTE OF INSTRUCTION.
Cities, schools in, 79, 229.
ing, 4; Report of,5; Circulars by, 6, Commissioner of public schools, 25,
99; in 1800, 99; in 1828, 101; in Connecticut, mode of supporting schools
Constitution of R. I., provision respect-
ing schools, 154.
County inspectors, 25, 118.
Deaf and dumb children, education of,
Deposite fund, 114.
Defects in school law, 17.
Districts, 18, 20, 125.
Draft of school law, 16; remarks on,
110; Report by, 5.
Evening schools, 60.
Fenner, Governor, 4.
Female teachers, 11, 58, 70, 74.
Female education, 12, 37.
Finances of state and towns, 154.'
6, 81, 83.
Gradation of schools, 12, 61.
Nantucket, schools in, 232.
Narragansett Indians, 146.
Newburyport, schools in, 233.
New Orleans, schools in, 236.
New York, schools in, 164.
New Hampshire, schools in, 161.
Normal School, 14, 118.
Normal school agency, 13, 14.
Organization of public schools, 23.
Outline of school system of R. I., 22.
Periodical, educational, 9, 95.
Phillips, S. C., 217,
Physical education, 63.
Philadelphia, schools in, 235.
Plan of school-houses, 189,
Population of state and towns, 150.
Potter, Prof. Alonzo, 9, 92.
Poor, cost of support of, 156.
Primary schools, 57, 240.
Providence, schools in, 66, 79, 243.
Public meetings, 7.
Punctuality of attendance, 36.
Randall, S. S., Digest of N. Y. laws, 94.
Randall, H. S., Report on school libra.
Read, number who cannot in R. I., 151.
Reading, taste for, 75.
Reading room, 77.
Reform schools, 61.
Registry tax, 156.
Remarks, by Agent, on school law, 113.
Report of Commissioner, 5.
Rhode Island Institute of Instruction,
Rhode Island, history of schools in, 97.
tee, 44, 243,
Salem, plan of school house in, 216.