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About Public Prep

Public Prep launched in 2008 when the founders of Girls Prep Lower East Side realized the need to provide more school choice and equal education opportunities to the children of New York City.

Public Prep is a nonprofit organization that develops single-sex elementary and middle public schools that pursue excellence through continuous learning and data-driven instruction. Our model is designed to empower each student to build strong character, demonstrate critical thinking, possess a core body of knowledge and be on a predictive path to earn a degree from a four-year university.

Our Schools

Public Prep is currently comprised of three, tuition-free all-girls charter schools that are open enrollment and can only be entered via a random lottery. There are no additional fees, tuition, or testing for enrollment.There are over 1000 scholars in the Public Prep Network in the 2013-14 academic year.

Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary, the first all-girls charter school in New York City and the inaugural school in our network, was launched in 2005 and serves 365 scholars in grades K-4. Girls Prep Middle School opened in fall 2009 and serves 213 scholars in grades 5-8. Girls Prep Bronx also opened in 2009, and serves 432 scholars in grades K-5. Boys Prep Bronx Elementary School and Girls Prep Bronx Middle School are set to open in fall of 2014. 

Public Prep’s elementary and middle schools serve urban districts in which scholars face significant academic and social risk factors. Our schools are inclusive, and offer services for special needs students with Individualized Education Programs or whom are English Language Learners.

Public Prep's schools work to ensure that its scholars go on to high-performing high schools and graduate from college. Everything we do is designed to help our scholars achieve that goal.