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Public Prep Network Honors Whoopi Goldberg, Barclays at Third Annual Namesake Luncheon and Announces the Joan Ganz Cooney ‘Great Start’ Pre-K Program
May 1, 2013
Public Prep Network held its third annual “Namesake Luncheon” yesterday, April 30, 2013. The luncheon is part of Public Prep’s Namesake Program, which introduces positive female role models to students, naming school classrooms after the distinguished honorees. During the luncheon, Public Prep also announced the introduction of the Joan Ganz Cooney ‘Great Start’ Program.
This year’s honoree was Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, a respected actresses/comedienne, education advocate, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Ms. Goldberg closed her acceptance speech by stating, “You could’ve given this award to someone more deserving—but you couldn’t have found someone more appreciative.”
Barclays was honored for its various initiatives in support of Public Prep Network. Ros Stephenson, head of Corporate Finance and M&A at the company, accepted the award on their behalf.
Later in the program, Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep Network (formerly of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MTV, and the White House) announced the launch of a high-quality Pre-K program as part of the network’s integrated ‘Pre-K to 8’ educational experience. “We have received so much help and guidance from our brilliant partners at Sesame Street,” said Rowe. “Which is why I am delighted to announce the launch of the Joan Ganz Cooney ‘Great Start’ Program.” Cooney, founder of Sesame Workshop, is credited with helping millions of children around the world learn to read. The program, set to launch in 2014, is seen as an important initiative given the recent and drastic funding cuts in early education across the country.
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Congrats to our first 8th Grade Class!
March 21, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST 8TH GRADE GRADUATING CLASS AT Girls Prep LES Middle School!
Here are some impressive statistics from the high school admissions results:
98% of 8th graders received a public high school offer from Round 1 of DOE Admissions (46/47)
93.6% of 8th graders received an offer from one of their top 5 high school choices (44/47). Compare this to the 2012 citywide average of 84% of students who were matched to one of their top 5 high school choices.
81% of 8th graders received an offer from one of their top 3 high school choices (38/47).
Parents with Families for Excellent Schools start to get political
April 23, 2013
Learn more about our partner Families for Excellent Schools and how they have moblilized parents to get involved in politics.
Do single-sex classrooms offer better education?
January 13, 2013
Watch Kaitlin Seaver, Girls Prep LES Middle School Principal on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSBNC's Education Nation talking about the benefits of of a single-sex education.