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.