Mission Statement

The mission of R.C. LaPerche Elementary School, as an inclusive learning community devoted to high standards and best teaching practices for all students, is to inspire life-long learning and to develop responsible, self-confident children capable of effective communication and problem solving, through a collaboration of parents, teachers, students, and the community, which fosters a safe, respectful environment, recognizing diversity and individuality.

Parent Volunteer Information

In order to volunteer at LaPerche you need to have a current BCI on file with the Smithfield Police Department.  BCI's are good for one year.  Summer time is a perfect time to get your BCI renewed. Please see all information regarding BCI's below and visit the district website to download the forms.


Additionally, you need to complete Volunteer Training with school principal, Julie Dorsey, once during your child's career at LaPerche.  Please visit the school calendar for the upcoming dates.  Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Dorsey at jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org to schedule a time for the training. 


School Volunteer BCI
Individuals who wish to volunteer in the Smithfield Public Schools must have a current State of RI criminal investigation on file with the Smithfield School Department.
Smithfield Residents
  1. If you are a Smithfield resident, you MUST complete a Smithfield Police Department School Volunteer Background Check Authorization for Release of Information form (on district website) in its entirety
  2. Make a clear and legible photocopy of a driver’s license or photo I.D
  3. Email the completed form AND photocopy of a driver's license or photo ID to the Smithfield Police Department at schoolvolunteer [at] smithfieldpd [dot] com OR return the completed paper form AND paper photocopy of a driver's license or photo ID to your child's school. Emailed copies cannot be accepted by the schools.
  4. Please allow sufficient time for this process. The actual processing time needed by the Smithfield Police Department is 3-5 business days. If paper forms are sent to the schools, those will take longer to be collected and submitted to the Smithfield Police Department for processing.
The Authorization for Release of Information Form can be found on the distrcit website, and is available at each school and the Smithfield Police Department website (http://www.smithfieldpd.com).
Non-Smithfield Residents
Non-Smithfield Residents must inquire at the police station in the town they reside in, OR go to the RI Attorney General's Office in Providence. Non-Smithfield Residents MUST to bring in the original BCI results to the Superintendent's office at 49 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.


Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in the Smithfield Public School system. Our school is dedicated to Raymond C. LaPerche, a former teacher, principal and superintendent in the Smithfield Public Schools for 41 years. LaPerche first opened its doors in 1968 and presently serves students in kindergarten to grade five.