News and Events
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:
In Honor of Mary Mitchell
June 7, 2013
On behalf of the Public Prep community, we honor Mary Mitchell for her unwavering dedication, passion for excellence and commitment to strengthening the educational opportunities we offer our students. As a founding Trustee, she challenged us to strive for nothing less than the very best for our students. Girls Prep Lower East Side, Girls Prep Bronx and Public Prep would not exist without Mary's love and relentless focus on student achievement. Her memory and tenacious spirit will continue to inspire us. We will use her memory to strengthen our work together, and will miss her deeply.
September 4, 2013
Girls Prep Lower East Side Board Meetings
2012-13 School Year
Girls Prep Lower East Side is governed by a Board of Trustees dedicated to providing equal education opportunities for all children. Our members ensure our school is an academic success and true to the terms of our charter. Board meetings are open to the public. For more information on dates, times and location, please visit the Board of Trustees page of our website.