Dr. Joseph A. Whelan Elementary School

1440 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401) 233-1180  |  Fax: (401) 353-1465

Principal: Mrs. Amanda Donovan 

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Welcome! From the principal’s desk

Dear families and community members,

The Whelan environment represents many things: Diversity, involvement, individualism, high expectations and reachable goals, as well as innovation, concentration, and exploration. Our youngest learners blossom throughout these crucial years of their education, and we lay the groundwork and foundation for their success as learners.

Students enter Whelan Elementary’s doors with wonder, curiosity, energy, and plenty of questions, and by the time they graduate from 5th-grade and move onto middle school, they leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for communication, science, math, literacy, teamwork, and the arts. They make discoveries, connections, and lifelong friendships as they build their confidence, self-esteem, and web of knowledge. That web only continues to grow as students progress through their education, which is ever-changing. We partner with our students and their families to ensure time at Whelan is as exciting as it is scholarly.



Our Mission

In order to prepare our students to become lifelong learners in the 21st-century, the Whelan school community is to provide our students with a safe, rigorous, academic environment which not only fosters high proficiency in the language arts, mathematics, science, and technology, but does so in an atmosphere which encourages creativity, spirit of collaboration, higher level thinking, ownership, and the development of the unique qualities that every child brings to the table.

Normal School Hours

8:55 a.m. The school-day begins, and runs until 3:12 p.m.