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Girls Prep and Boys Prep Students Work Against Summer Learning Loss

July 8 2014

Public Prep has partnered with Summer Advantage USA capitalize on learning opportunities available in the summer and prevent against summer learning loss. Read the full story here. 

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum will Address Eighth Grade Graduates

June 24, 2014

Public Prep is thrilled to announce that Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, the oldest historically black college for women in America, will deliver the keynote address at Girls Prep Lower East Side’s eighth grade graduation on June 27th, 2014 at 1 PM.

Dr. Tatum’s scholarship and leadership embody everything we seek to instill in our girls,” says Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep, “We are honored to have her speak at eighth grade graduation, an important milestone on our students' paths to college completion."

During her tenure as Spelman College president since 2002, applications have increased by more than 70 percent, making Spelman one of the most selective women’s colleges in the United States. Dr. Tatum is also a race relations expert and a celebrated author. Her bestselling titles include Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007) and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (1997).

Girls Prep Lower East Side scholars celebrate Dr. Tatum as a seventh grade classroom namesake. Students in the Beverly Daniel Tatum learn about her accomplishments in advisory class. All classrooms at Public Prep schools are named after influential women who serve as role models for students.

The selection of Dr. Tatum as the keynote speaker reiterates Girls Prep Lower East Side’s commitment to college completion. In fact, it will occur on the heels of the second annual eighth grade class trip to Atlanta to visit Spelman. Additionally, Dr. Tatum is the second president of a women’s college to inspire Girls Prep eighth grade graduates. Diane Lynch, president of Stephens College, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural eighth grade graduation last year.

Scholars are looking forward to this meaningful visit from Dr. Tatum as they celebrate the end of their Girls Prep education and prepare to enter high-performing high schools in the fall, including prestigious specialized high schools such as Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech and a total of 20 high schools listed in the most recent US News & World Report Best High Schools List. Several Girls Prep students accepted offers at Catholic all-girls high schools (100% who applied were offered a spot) and others are attending prestigious independent schools such as the Calhoun School, Packer Collegiate, and the Hill School, a co-ed boarding school in Pottstown, PA.

Girls Prep Lower East Side maintains relationships with our alumnae. We regularly collect their report cards and request feedback to improve our efforts in preparing our current students for the challenges of a college-prep high school. We received news that the valedictorian from our inaugural class is on the honor roll at Phillip Exeter. She will speak with current middle school students during summer school in July to motivate her sisters.

NY 1: Single-sex Charter Network Expands to Open All-Boys School

May 9, 2014

Public Prep was featured in a segment on NY1 on May 9th. Watch the story here:

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Girls Prep LES Middle School Receives Support to Implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program

June 1, 2013

On June 1st, Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School became one of the first schools in the nation to receive support to implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program through the program’s Funding Opportunity.  “Girls Prep Middle School is proud to have been selected to receive this first round of funding,” Principal Kaitlin Seaver said.  “We see this program as a positive step in promoting the health and well-being of our students and doing what we can to prepare them to be fit and ready to learn.”   


Launched last September by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and First Lady Michelle Obama, the national program promotes fitness and physical activity for the improved health of America’s youth. 


With only about half of the nation’s youth achieving the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, children are at greater risk for developing a variety of conditions and diseases due to physical inactivity. These risks include obesity, weak bones, anxiety and depression.  The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (“PYFP”) aims to change these growing health concerns by providing physical educators with resources and tools to help students develop and maintain a physically active and fit lifestyle.


“Students nationwide need the chance to develop lifelong, healthy habits and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program can help schools do that in a fun and educational way.  It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Jane Wargo, the program director at PYFP?.


While the PYFP is free, there are supplemental elements that can be purchased to enhance the program experience for both physical educators and their students.  This includes the Fitnessgram® software, virtual training courses for physical educators, and recognition items for students. Through the generous support of the General Mills Foundation, the Amateur Athletic Union, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and The Cooper Institute developed the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity to provide schools with the supplemental items to enhance their fitness experiences in the physical education classroom.



About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Inaugural Funding Opportunity

The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the result of a partnership among six organizations: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD); the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU);the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:;The Cooper Institute;  the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  In February 2013, the General Mills Foundation announced a six year $10 million grant to support the implementation of the program in schools nationwide.  The inaugural funding opportunity supports schools for three years by giving them access to the supplemental elements provided by The Cooper Institute, AAHPERD, and the President’s Challenge program, managed through a co-sponsorship agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union, to allow for a more robust program experience.  During this time, educators will be encouraged to seek out ways to sustain the program after the funding period ends.  This is not a government grant program and no federal funds are used for the development, rollout, or implementation of the inaugural funding opportunity. For more information about the program, visit


Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School opened in the fall of 2009 and serves grades 5-8. Girls Prep LES Middle School students have an extended day to ensure that their academic needs are met and exceeded. Upon graduation, our girls will be ready to enter the best college-prep high schools in New York.

Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School is part of the Public Prep Network, 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.


About the Inaugural Funding Opportunity

The primary purpose of this inaugural funding opportunity is to provide schools with support to facilitate implementation of and sustained participation in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.  Funds will be used to provide elements previously identified as supplemental to the free Presidential Youth Fitness Program.  These elements include FITNESSGRAM® software (web-based version), virtual learning opportunities for professional development, and Presidential Youth Fitness Awards for students. A secondary outcome of this funding opportunity will be evaluation of the program through information submitted by participating schools.


About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Launched in September 2012, the mission of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is to offer a comprehensive school-based program that promotes physical activity and fitness for improved health of America’s youth.  This voluntary program is the result of a partnership between the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Amateur Athletic Union and The Cooper Institute.  For more information about the program, visit


About the General Mills Foundation

The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating 59 years of giving, is to nourish communities.  Continuing its tradition of generous giving and global community support, General Mills contributed more than $143 million to charitable causes in fiscal year 2012.  General Mills invests in and collaborates with community organizations and programs that focus on alleviating hunger and advancing nutrition wellness.  In addition, 83 percent of U.S. employees volunteer.  To learn more about the ways General Mills nourishes lives through philanthropy and community engagement, please join us on Facebook at or visit us at

Public Prep Expands in the Bronx with the Opening of Boys Prep Bronx Elementary and Girls Prep Bronx Middle School in the Fall of 2014

March 17, 2014

Public Prep Network is pleased to announce that the school-based leadership teams for both Girls Prep Bronx Middle School and Boys Prep Bronx Elementary School are now complete. Click here to read the full release.

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