PUBLIC PREP'S PATH TO COLLEGE COMPLETION
IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
All scholars, families and teachers sign an annual Commitment to College Completion Certificate.
Public Prep Academies encourage families to open NY 529 College Savings Accounts. We match annual contributions of $50.
Public Prep welcomes visitors across all campuses for our annual College and Career Week in May.
Grade level teams take annual college visits to colleges and universities in NYC and beyond.
IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Public Prep is a premier feeder school for leadership development programs including Prep for Prep, TEAK, and Oliver Scholars.
Public Prep has established multi-day, immersive partnerships with leading colleges and universities for our middle school scholars, demystifying the college experience. Learn more.
Our Directors of High School Admissions and College Completion ensure scholars and their families identify and receive enrollment in “right- fit” high schools.
College Knowledge coursework cultivates “soft skills,” such as interviewing, writing resumes and admissions essays, organization, study skills, and networking opportunities.
Public Prep provides alumnae support through high school and into college, ensuring they are not only on a path to college, but also a path through college. See our approach here.
Public Prep hosts an annual Alumnae College Fair to expose our alumnae to colleges in NYC and beyond.
Public Prep hires Alumnae Outreach Interns to support our alumnae relationships, while providing professional work experience that help build their resumes.
Public Prep has secured exclusive college partnerships specifically for Girls Prep alumnae, including a full-tuition scholarship to Stephens College, a premiere all-girls institution. Learn more about our partnerships.
OUR COLLEGE PARTNERSHIPS
We are determined to graduate 8th grade scholars who thrive in “right-fit,” college-prep public, private, or parochial high schools, and ultimately earn a four-year college degree. Towards this end, Public Prep has secured exclusive partnerships with colleges and universities to guarantee multi-day or multi-week, on-campus experiences for Public Prep scholars and alumnae to take summer classes, live in dorms and experience college life.
ALUMNAE: 12TH GRADERS
Stephens College, the second-oldest women’s college in the country, announced that for the first time in its 179 year history, it will offer a yearly four-year, full-tuition scholarship to a Girls Prep alumna in 12th grade. Stephens College is located in Columbia, Missouri and offers innovative, career-focused programs sound in the liberal arts with a focus on creative arts and sciences.
SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE:
Southern Vermont College (SVC) has launched a project known as the Pipelines into Partnership Program. SVC designated Public Prep as one of its Sending Institutions. In this capacity, Public Prep will work with SVC to welcome a maximum of four students from Public Prep to SVC as part of the Pipeline Project for each academic year. Accepted scholars will join the Mountaineer Scholar Program, designed to assist scholars in progressing to and through college. This program includes a Mountaineer Scholars Week during the summer before freshman year, cohort meetings throughout the academic year, and monthly mentor meetings. Selected scholars will receive a four-year, full-tuition/room and board scholarship.
ALUMNAE: RISING 9TH, 10TH, 11TH AND 12TH GRADERS
CURIE Academy is a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on juniors and seniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about the many opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere. Participants will get in-depth engineering experience through hands-on field sessions and research in various engineering disciplines. The program also includes social activities and engineering competitions!
During this co-ed summer Catalyst Academy, Cornell University’s world-renowned faculty and graduate students lead classes, lab sessions, and a research project designed for Academy participants. During the week, students work in teams conducting research and learning to solve problems that mirror real-life situations. In addition, social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities provide participants with opportunities to network informally with each other and Cornell faculty, staff, and students.
Eleanor roosevelt Center:
Girls' leadership worldwide program
The Eleanor Roosevelt Center Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW) program is an international, ten-day summer leadership program for high school girls who demonstrate leadership potential in their schools and communities. Participants from across the world of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds come together to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to exercise leadership rooted in the courage, compassion, and perseverance modeled by Eleanor Roosevelt. GLW consists of interactive workshops, presentations, discussions, and other hands-on training in specific leadership skills, including public speaking and team building.
Public Prep has secured two spots in the 4-week Pre-College Program, where scholars get a head start on college life by living and learning with other students. Skidmore’s unique Pre-College curriculum allows students to take either two studio art courses, two liberal arts courses, or one of each. Offerings include a wide range of courses drawn from the humanities, social and natural sciences; studio art courses and workshops; and special topics courses from diverse disciplines that provide singular experiences. Courses carry standard Skidmore credit, and they are generally transferable to any other college or university.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering. For the next three years, six Girls Prep scholars are guaranteed entry into the Science and Engineering summer program, or Field Studies for Sustainable Futures and Young Women's Writing Workshop, both two-week sessions (see right and below).
Field STUDIES FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES
Dynamic faculty and staff will contribute to the Field Studies for Sustainable Futures two-week interdisciplinary program. It will approach the issues of ecological design and sustainable food from multiple—and sometimes conflicting—points of view to expose and understand the complexities and potential impacts of tackling (or ignoring) the issues. Rather than offering distinct classes in a traditional classroom setting, participants will head outside as a group, collaborating with and challenging one another as our understanding of sustainable practices grows. For the next three years, six Girls Prep scholars are guaranteed entry into the Science and Engineering summer program (see left), or this Field Studies program and Young Women's Writing Workshop (see below).
Young Women's Writing Workshop
Smith's 2-week Young Women's Writing Workshop allows scholars to explore their writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters a love of writing in a variety of mediums. All of the classes will be in workshop style, and all of the professors are all published writers and poets. They will pay special attention to teaching how to read your work to an audience and how to get published. At the end of the workshop, scholars will have the start of an online writing portfolio and some professional contacts in the literary world. For the next three years, six Girls Prep scholars are guaranteed entry into the Science and Engineering summer program (see above left), or this Writing Workshop and the Field Studies program (see above right).
pRE-med and science program
Public Prep has secured two spots each year for three years in Wagner College's Pre-Med and Science Pre-College Program, or Filmmaking and Video Production Program (see right). This three-week interactive learning experience mirrors a college level professional medical program. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students will partake in demonstrations, labs and simulators and have the opportunity to visit hospitals in the NYC metro area. Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.
Filmmaking and video production
Public Prep has secured two spots each year for three years in Wagner College's Filmmaking and Video Production Program, or Pre-Med and Science Pre-College Program (see left). This three-week interactive learning experience introduces students to the artistic and academic approach to film and new forms of media. Paired with our History of New York course, students will have the opportunity to explore the five boroughs of New York City and her historic landmarks. Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.
CURRENTLY ENROLLED PUBLIC PREP SCHOLARS
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM
Each year, ten Girls Prep Middle School scholars spend a week during the summer at the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. Classes have included veterinary science, physics and science fiction writing. Extracurricular activities in the afternoons include trips to swim at local state parks with incredible waterfalls like Taughannock State Park and Treman State Park, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, bowling in Helen Newman sports center, and a talent show/dance party in the dorm.
Cornell Tech has selected Girls Prep to be an inaugural partner in its Teacher-In-Residence program, providing us with a content coach whose focus is to build a teacher’s capacity to integrate computer science into the classroom. Over the year, our coach will work with every science teacher to integrate computer science. All scholars in grades 5-8 will benefit from the integration of comp science/coding in their science classrooms this year. Our coach focuses on modeling instruction, providing professional development, coaching teachers and working with them to develop curriculum.
For the last six years, Girls Prep has sent 10 middle school scholars to Stephens College Leadership Academy, a week-long immersive program. During their time spent living on the college campus, the girls take part in leadership workshops, visit the equestrian center, participate in ropes courses, and continue to build relationships between each other, and the two schools.
U.S. Naval Academy:
Girls Only STEM DayS + "SET SAIL"
Each year, 40 Girls Prep scholars travel to the US Naval Academy Annapolis, MD for Girls Only STEM Day workshop with female engineers and scientists. Beginning in June, 2018, a group of rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade Girls Prep scholars will participate in a four-day, residential Girls Tech Camp, to do hands-on, science and engineering activities related to sports and gaming. In July, Girls Prep faculty will also participate in Set Sail, where the teachers become students for the week and discover hands-on projects that they can replicate in their classrooms to demonstrate science, engineering and math concepts to their students.
Each year, 40 Girls Prep scholars travel to West Point, NY for civil engineering workshops to build truss bridges and cantilever structures. Beginning in June 2018, a group of Girls Prep 6th and 7th grade scholars will participate in the rigorous West Point Middle School STEM Workshop, a three-day, residential program of hands-on STEM activities taught by cadet mentors.