Mission - The North Star
Public Prep is a nonprofit organization that develops high-quality Universal Pre-Kindergarten and single-sex elementary and middle public schools that pursue excellence through continuous learning and evidence-based 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.
Public Prep has defined its North Star of College Completion as its organizational framework to regularly measure progress in terms of student learning and achievement, staff satisfaction and organizational stability, and family and student engagement. The following are the five College Completion categories against which Public Prep will hold itself accountable – a standard that is superior to, and inclusive of, any district, city, state, or national standard.
Each of the prongs on the Public Prep North Star of College Completion is necessary, but not sufficient. Only success in each of the five prongs will enable Public Prep to empower our students to build the cognitive and character-based strengths necessary to overcome the inevitable hurdles encountered on the path to and through college. Three of the prongs specifically relate to student learning and development:
- Academic Achievement that comprises the cognitive abilities and content knowledge students develop across disciplines, including science, American and world history, the arts, music, math, foreign language, and other courses of study that help them become well-rounded, educated, and culturally literate citizens;
- Character Development that builds non-cognitive strengths such as resilience, determination, initiative, perseverance, gratitude, empathy, and optimism to help them overcome the inevitable hurdles encountered in life; and
- College Knowledge which includes financial planning, immersive on-campus experiences, and other college preparatory skills and partnerships to enable students to ultimately navigate the maze to and through college.
Beyond students, Staff Satisfaction and Organizational Stability is another integral component of reaching the North Star of College Completion, including critical measures such as retention of quality staff and financial self-sustainability. Increasing the career longevity of school leadership and faculty who effectively improve adult and student learning is critical to the future of all Public Prep schools and our scholars.
Within Family and Student Satisfaction, Public Prep believes that strong, regular, and respectful communication with the parents and families of our students is critical if we are to succeed over the short- and long-term. We aspire to significantly exceed citywide and applicable district levels of Parent, Student, and Staff Satisfaction on NYC DOE School Surveys, achieve 100% participation on the Parent/Student Commitment to College Completion, and achieve high rates of student retention and alumni engagement.