The second Providence elementary school operated by charter school network Achievement First will share a building with its first elementary school, which opened in 2013.
The building on Hartford Avenue was formerly home to a public middle school, but the city shut down the school, citing the cost of rehabilitating an aging facility.
Achievement First says it plans to eventually re-located the new school, "Iluminar Academy," but the co-location is likely to last about two years. The two schools will offer similar programs.
Illuminar will start out with Kindergarten and first grade, then add a grade each year, eventually growing to K-4th grade and serving 450 students.
The opening of a second elementary school was part of the original plan for Achievement First when it gained approval from the State Board of Education.
The first school, Achievement First Providence, opened after objections from some parents and teachers union members. The school is a special type of charter school known as a mayoral academy, which is exempt from prevailing wage laws and the requirement to pay into the state pension plan.