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You will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our public, charter elementary school below. Click on the questions to reveal the answers. If your question has not been answered, please contact our student recruitment department at enroll@publicprep.org

What is the school’s contact information?

442 E. Houston Street, Room 316
New York, NY 10002

T: 212- 388-0241
F: 212-388-1086

What grades will the school serve in the 2017-18 academic year?

Kindergarten through 4th grade.

How old does my child have to be to attend Girls Prep?

Your application will only be accepted if your child turns five (5) years old on or before December 31, 2017. Proof of age will be required at our school’s orientation.

When is the application deadline?

Schools must receive all applications by Saturday, April 1, 2017 to be included in the lottery. An application mailed and post-dated April 1, 2017 will not be accepted for the lottery. Applications received after April 1, 2017 will be added to the wait list in the order in which they were received.

How many spots are available at the school?

Kindergarten: 75 seats
Grade - 4th Grade: between 1-5 new seats

What if I miss the application deadline?

Late applications are placed on the wait list in the order in which they are received.

When will I find out if my daughter has been admitted?

Lottery results will be available in the week following the lottery. We make individual phone calls to all families whose scholar was accepted. In addition, all applicants receive a formal letter by mail with their status. Please email enroll@publicprep.org or call 212-346-6000 ext. 108 if you don’t hear from Public Prep by the end of April.

How does the wait list work?

After the lottery, if a seat opens up in our school it is immediately offered to the applicant at the top of the wait list. Many students from the wait list are offered seats in our school.

If I applied last year, do I have to apply again?

Yes. Applications and wait lists do not “roll over.” If your child is on the waitlist from the 2016-17 School Year, you still need to apply again for the 2017-18 School Year.

When are information sessions and school tours?

Find dates and RSVP here.

What is sibling preference?

Siblings of currently enrolled students will receive sibling preference at the time of the lottery. Two children are siblings if they have the same parent(s) OR live in the same home and custodial care has been transferred to the same guardian(s).

Acceptable documents are as follows:

  • Proof for biological sibling preference can include a Birth Certificate or Certificate of Adoption.
  • Proof for a transfer of custodial care must include a Birth Certificate, non-custodial parent affidavit (signed by the custodial parent) and a parent affidavit (signed by the parent).

What is district-based preference?

We give preference in our lottery to students who live in the same school district as our schools. Girls Prep Lower East Side gives preference in the lottery to students who live in Community School District 1. 

To check the district in which you reside, click here.

The following documents are acceptable as proof for district preference:

  • An official lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence
  • A residential water or utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by
  • National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority; must be dated within 60 days
  • A current property tax bill for the residence
  • Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor indicating the resident’s name and address; must be dated within the past 60 days
  • Official payroll documentation from an employer such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt; a letter on the employer’s letterhead will not be accepted; must be dated within the past 60 days

What school district do I live in?

Click here to see what district you live in.

What is NYCHA preference?

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Preference: Student’s who reside in approved NYCHA Housing Developments will be awarded "NYCHA” preference at the time of the lottery. The following NYCHA developments qualify for this preference:

  • Baruch Charney Vladeck
  • Baruch Charney Vladeck II
  • Bernard M. Baruch
  • Farragut (Brooklyn)
  • Gompers
  • Gouverneur Gardens
  • Ingersoll (Brooklyn)
  • Jacob Riis
  • Jacob Riis II
  • Lillian Wald
  • Lower East Side I
  • Lower East Side II
  • Lower East Side III
  • Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia
  • Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza I
  • Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza II
  • Rutgers
  • Seward Park Extension
  • Smith Houses
  • Whitman (Brooklyn)

What is children of staff preference?

Children who have a parent or guardian that works at any Public Prep school or network office at the time of the lottery will be given enrollment preference. The parent does not need to work at the school to which the student is applying.

  • Proof for this preference includes the child’s birth certificate and confirmation of the parent’s current employment.

What is an IEP?

An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) describes the special education and related services specifically designed to meet the unique educational needs of a student with a disability. An IEP is the guiding document for a student's educational program. It includes all of the goals, objectives, present levels of performance, and related services that are recommended for the student. The IEP must be tailored to the individual student's needs as identified by the evaluation process and must help teachers and related service providers understand the student's disability and how the disability affects the learning process. In other words, the IEP should describe how the student learns, how the student best demonstrates that learning, and what teachers and service providers will do to help the student learn more effectively.

My child has an IEP – can she come to Girls Prep?

Yes, your child is welcome to apply to Girls Prep. Girls Prep is inclusive and does not discriminate against any children. We offer educational services specifically for children with IEPs.

What are the school hours?

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F

How many students are there in each class?

25 students per class

How do I get to the school?

We are closest to the 2nd Ave Lower East Side stop on the F train. If you take the 2, 4, 5, 6, or L trains to 14th street and transfer to the M14D you can also access the school. We are also about a 10-15 minute walk from the Essex-Delancey stop on the J or Z trains (walk north and east).

Do you provide transportation?

Girls Prep LES Elementary School provides metrocards from the NYC Department of Education. Click here for more information. 


Do you provide an after school program?

We partner with Roads to Success to provide optional after school programming from 3:45-6PM Monday through Friday. The program offers drama, ballet, and visual and environmental arts.
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Public Prep Network, Inc.

  • 441 East 148th Street
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  • Bronx, NY 10455
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  • T: 212-346-6000
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  • F: 212-346-9096
  • Upper Campus (3-4)
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  • 1695 Seward Avenue, Room 219
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  • Bronx, NY 10473
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  • T: 718-860-8774
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  • F: 718-860-8777
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  • Lower Campus (K-2)
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  • 1025 Morrison Avenue
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  • Bronx, NY 10472
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  • T: 718-328-5684
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