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WHERE WE STARTED:

2005




12 YEARS LATER....

WHERE WE ARE NOW:

2017-2018

ALUMNAE APPROACH

While Public Prep is a network of elementary and middle schools, including Girls Prep Lower East Side, Boys Prep Bronx, and Girls Prep Bronx, our commitment to our scholars lasts well beyond when they graduate as 8th graders. Since 2013, Girls Prep has had five graduating classes of 8th graders. In the 2017-18 school year, there are about 300 Girls Prep alumnae now enrolled in grades nine through twelve in phenomenal, college-prep parochial, private or public high schools. And ninety percent of the inaugural graduating class of Girls Prep 8th graders from 2013 is now, as freshmen, attending some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.

As part of our alumnae support, Public Prep provides our 12th grade alumnae with college visit opportunities, guidance on the financial aid (FAFSA) process, and as you will see below, exclusive partnerships with institutions of higher education that guarantee Girls Prep (and ultimately Boys Prep) alumnae immersive, multi-day or multi-week on-campus, summer experiences. We also educate our alumnae about the nearly 100 world-class colleges and universities that are either tuition-free or have "no-loan" financial aid policies that ensure our scholars would receive an incredible education, and would graduate with a degree and virtually no debt. In sum, we support our alumnae scholars so that they optimally have four or more offers of admission from "right-fit" colleges, with financial aid packages that ensure they remain on a path to college completion.

ALUMNAE OPPORTUNITIES

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 Girls Prep alumnae to take summer classes, live in dorms and experience college life. Costs for the below programs will not exceed $250 per scholar, with additional options for travel aid from certain program. Explore the opportunities below and click to the links to apply.


CORNELL ENGINEERING:
CATALYST Academy

During Catalyst Academy, a co-ed summer 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.

  • Eligibility: Rising 11th and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: July 15-21, 2018
  • Program Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Application Requirements: Interest essay, high school transcript or report card, high school profile, recommendation, financial assistance form (if applicable)
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2018


APPLY TO CATALYST ACADEMY


CORNELL ENGINEERING:
Curie Academy

CURIE Academy is a one-week summer residential program for 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 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!

  • Eligibility: Rising 11th and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: July 15-21, 2018
  • Program Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Application Requirements: Interest essay, high school transcript or report card, high school profile, recommendation, financial assistance form (if applicable)
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2018


APPLY TO CURIE ACADEMY


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, including public speaking and team building.

  • Eligibility: Current 9th or 10th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: Session I: July 6 – July 15, 2018; Session II: July 20 – July 29, 2018
  • Program Location: Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, Hyde Park, NY
  • Application Requirements: Online application with short answers and essay, two reference forms and letters
  • Application Deadline: TBD, spring 2018

Application not yet available.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE:
PRE-College Program

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.

  • Eligibility: Rising 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: TBD Summer 2018
  • Program Location: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Application Requirements: Application form, personal statement, high school transcript or report card, art portfolio (if applicable), 2 recommendations, financial assistance form (if applicable)
  • Application Deadline: Applications accepted on rolling basis; decisions are made beginning in early March.

Application available in January 2018.


SMITH COLLEGE:
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) 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. Students choose two two-week research courses; in these, groups of up to 17 students work alongside Smith faculty members, assisted by undergraduate interns.

  • Eligibility: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: July 8 - August 4, 2018
  • Program Location: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Application Requirements: Personal essay, letter of recommendation, official transcript, financial aid form
  • Application Deadline: Starting December 2017, applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until programs are filled. Recommended submission prior to May 1st.


Application opens in December 2017.


SMITH COLLEGE:
Field STUDIES FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES

Dynamic faculty and staff will contribute to this two-week Field Studies for Sustainable Futures interdisciplinary program. It will approach the issues of ecological design and sustainable food from multiple 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 setting, participants will head outside, collaborating with and challenging one another as our understanding of sustainable practices grows.

  • Eligibility: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: July 22 - August 4, 2018
  • Program Location: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Application Requirements: Personal essay, letter of recommendation, official transcript, financial aid form
  • Application Deadline: Starting December 2017, applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until programs are filled. Recommended submission prior to May 1st.


Application opens in December 2017.


SMITH COLLEGE:
Young Women's Writing Workshop

Smith's two-week Young Women's Writing Workshop allows scholars to explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters their 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.

  • Eligibility: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: July 22 - July 21, 2018
  • Program Location: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Application Requirements: Personal essay, letter of recommendation, official transcript, financial aid form
  • Application Deadline: Starting December 2017, applications are evaluated on a rolling basis until programs are filled. Recommended submission prior to May 1st.

Application opens in December 2017.


SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE:
College Scholarship

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 full tuition/room and board scholarship.

  • Eligibility: 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Location: Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT
  • Application Requirements: Active alumna, active volunteer, minimum 3.0 (B average) HS cum. GPA, commitment to mentoring Girls Prep scholars
  • Application Deadline: February 1st. Finalists will be required to participate in an overnight visit to the College and the scholar will be notified no later than April 15th.

Apply to Southern Vermont Scholarship


STEPHENS COLLEGE:
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

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.

  • Eligibility: 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: N/A
  • Application Requirements: Active alumna, active volunteer, maintain a B average in high school, and commitment to mentoring Girls Prep scholars
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018; Finalists will be required to hold a Skype interview with a Stephens College committee and the scholar will be notified no later than March 1st

Apply to Stephens College Scholarship


Wagner College:
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, 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.

  • Eligibility: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: TBD, July 2018
  • Program Location: Wagner College, Staten Island, NYC
  • Application Requirements: Online application, personal essay, letter of recommendation
  • Application Deadline: TBD Spring 2018


Application not yet available.


Wagner College:
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.

  • Eligibility: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Girls Prep alumnae
  • Program Dates: TBD, July 2018
  • Program Location: Wagner College, Staten Island, NYC
  • Application Requirements: Online application, personal essay, letter of recommendation
  • Application Deadline: TBD Spring 2018


Application not yet available.


ALUMNAE RESOURCES

Public Prep Events

College Fair: 10/24/2017

Join us on October 24th to speak with representatives from colleges and universities in NYC and beyond! You will also hear about the exciting opportunities that are available to Girls Prep alumnae, including summer programs at Cornell and Smith College.

    • When: Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30 PM
    • Where: Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School: 420 East 12th Street (entrance on 11th Street)
Alumnae Winter Social: TBD

More info to come soon!

Public Prep Graduation: 6/25/2018

Join us as we celebrate our Girls Prep 8th graders as they graduate into high school, and our 12th grade alumnae as they graduate to pursue post-secondary plans.

    • When: Monday, June 25th, 2018
    • Where: TBD college campus in NYC

Important Dates and Deadlines

FAFSA:

  • June 30, 2018

Common Application:

SAT

  • Dates, Deadlines and Registration: online

Support Documents and Resources

Financial

General

SAT

  • Dates, Deadlines, and Registration: online

No Loan Colleges: here

NYC Workshops and Events

College Fairs

  • Public Prep's Alumnae College Fair: Tuesday, October 24th | 5:30 PM | Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School: 420 E 12th Street
  • New York National College Fair: Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 11 AM - 4 PM | Jacob K. Javits Convention Center: 655 W 34th St | REGISTER
  • Full NYC Calendar of College Fairs: online

Financial Aid Support

  • SUNY Financial Aid Information Sessions:
    • Monday, October 30, 2017 | 6 PM | SUNY Welcome Center | REGISTER
    • Monday, November 27, 2017 | 6 PM | SUNY Welcome Center | REGISTER
    • Monday, December 11, 2017 | 6 PM | SUNY Welcome Center | REGISTER
    • Monday, December 18, 2018 | 6 PM | SUNY Welcome Center | REGISTER



ALUMNAE SPOTLIGHTS
JA'NAI L.
Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2015
Currently: Junior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory High School

Da Jia Hao ('Hello Everyone' in Mandarin)

Ja'nai, '15, is a rising Junior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. Ja'nai entered Girls Prep in September 2008 as a second grader and graduated as an 8th grader in 2015. Through nurturing teachers and developing great friendships, she has grown to be a self-assured and enthusiastic scholar on the road to greatness.

The world was a classroom for Ja'nai this summer. Through Americans Promoting Study Abroad (a program that provides youth with study abroad opportunities), and sponsorship from Girls Prep, Ja'nai was able to spend 4 weeks in China immersing herself in the culture, language, food, and fun!

As part of the program, which seeks to prepare youth for an increasingly globalized workplace, Ja'nai spent time learning about business relations between China and America. She visited companies like the Bank of China, as well as explored sites like the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and 798 Art District.


Girls Prep is proud of Ja'nai's accomplishments and is honored to guide her on her path to college completion, as a scholar and a global citizen! As Ja'nai so eloquently stated, "Since the first day of school, my life has changed drastically...I have become a confident and enthusiastic student who has a great desire to complete college and explore the world. My teachers at Girls Prep have influenced and impacted my life in a positive way. [They] helped me fall in love with learning."



ANGELINA L.
Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2013
Currently: Freshman at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY

Angelina graduated in June from Urban Assembly New York Harbor School where she thrived learning about marine life at the school's impressive campus on Governor's Island, NY. She decided to attend Ithaca College this fall and she is loving it! Despite being in the middle of midterms, she holds a job working for the college campus police, ensuring that all students feel safe at night. She and her roommate have become best friends after bonding over their opposite upbringings in the big city and a small town in upstate NY. They spend most of their time hiking and trying new things all over town. She loves her classes and finds the work load more manageable than she thought it would be. Angelina plans on joining the rowing team in the spring semester since she fell in love with the sport through high school.


KAYLA L.
Girls Prep Lower East Side Class of 2013
Currently: Freshman at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY

After graduating from Girls Prep LES Middle School's first 8th grade cohort in 2013 her family relocated to upstate New York. Kayla was torn about where to go to college this fall, but the decision for her became easier after she applied for and was accepted into the HEOP (Higher Educational Opportunity Program). HEOP is a 4-year mentoring program that provides a network of academic, financial, and social-emotional resources to help students transition successfully to and through college. They offer academic tutors and grants that cover the cost of books as well as help cover the gap between financial aid given and needed. HEOP allowed Kayla to spend 5 weeks living on her new college campus this summer before starting her freshman year so that she could start making friends and meet some of her professors. She says HEOP has been a life changer and a life saver for her!

Kayla chose to go to Skidmore College in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. She lives in a large dorm room triple with two other roommates, who she says are very different, but she bonds with them over academic things and they study together, as well as social things like shopping and friends. She says the dining hall food is delicious and ranked in the top 5 in the whole state! Kayla is a member of a team called Ujima which stands for collective work and responsibility. They participate in service work across campus and fund raisers. She's also on the varsity step team as a freshman! Check out a pic of Kayla and her step team here!

Lastly, Kayla has some advice for her younger Girls Prep sisters:

"Going away to college can seem scary and it's easy to forget that everyone in your year is going through the same thing as you! This makes it so much easier to make friends because we're all in the same boat and I'm having a great time being away from home. College is everything I was promised and more and I've already done some amazing things in less than 2 months that I've been here. Even when I'm not in class there is so much to learn. For example, there are affordable concerts on campus all the time and lectures from published authors. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum came to campus last week gave a presentation on her book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" I got to meet her and get a signed copy of her book, which was so special after being in the Beverly Daniel Tatum homeroom at Girls Prep in 7th grade! I highly recommend everyone apply for HEOP. It has made college the best experience of my life and I love Skidmore!"



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