Public Prep’s flagship school, Girls Prep Lower East Side launched as NYC's first and only public all-girls charter school serving kindergarten and first grades in 2005. Girls Prep LES was founded on the belief that parents, regardless of their race or income level, should have the power to choose a great public school for their children. Likewise, if parents wanted their daughters to experience a rigorous, single-gender environment, they should also have that option. The absence of single-sex public schools for underserved and under-resourced communities was unacceptable.
Over the years, Girls Prep LES expanded as the first cohort of students advanced to the next grade. Public Prep’s founders considered Girls Prep LES to be a success based on the high performance of Girls Prep LES students on the New York State Assessments as compared to their peers. Likewise, the increasing demand demonstrated by the lottery wait list signaled to the founders a need for more high-quality single-sex public schools in New York City. As such, Public Prep’s founders decided to replicate the Girls Prep LES model in the Bronx and committed to serving existing Girls Prep LES students and families through middle school. Thus, in 2009, Public Prep launched a middle school campus: Girls Prep LES Middle School, and a new school: Girls Prep Bronx.
Public Prep also launched in 2009 to support the administrative demand of the schools, to assist in the replication and start-up process, and to open future single-sex public elementary and middle schools in New York City.
Public Prep now has three charters under its umbrella, operating on five elementary and middle school campuses in the Bronx and the Lower East Side in Manhattan.