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Mission and Model


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 postsecondary degree.  

What’s happening in our classrooms?

  • Students engage in dynamic whole class instruction, work in small groups, and receive 1-on-1 support from specialists and teachers.
  • Instructional staff assesses our students’ progress towards individualized goals and makes curriculum and pacing decisions based on their results.
  • Students' unique talents are cultivated through high-caliber instruction in the core academic subjects and in visual arts, performing arts, fitness, and foreign language.
  • The needs of all learners are supported through Collaborative Team Teaching, Learning Specialists, and English Language Learners Coordinators, as needed.
  • Early childhood classrooms have two teachers – a lead teacher and a fellow (assistant teacher).

What do our school communities look like?

  • Schools are small, tight-knit communities inclusive of all students, staff, and family members.
  • The core values of scholarship, merit, community, and responsibility are embodied inside and outside of our schools.
  • School communities come together at biweekly Unity Meetings to celebrate success.
  • Students learn from the achievements of influential classroom namesakes.

What’s it like to be a family member at our schools?

  • Families commit to our extended day and school year.
  • Families welcome teachers each summer during annual home visits.
  • Families have an active voice in their daughters’ education through daily interactions with teachers, the parent-led Community Council, family-school events, parent-teacher conferences, and monthly field trips.
  • Families receive a financial contribution to their daughter’s New York State 529 college savings account.

What's it like to be on our team?

  • Network-wide professional development days provide opportunities for collaboration.
  • Instructional staff plan curriculum units and problem solve around individual students.
  • School-based staff attends weekly professional development and receives coaching and support from the leadership team.
  • Schools provide leadership opportunities, such as Grade Team Leader and Department Head.