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 experiences 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 degree, on-time, from a four-year college or university. 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.
- Georgetown University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Cornell University
- Smith College
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Temple University
- Wagner College
- Eleanor Roosevelt Center
- Adelphi University
- Skidmore College
- Marist College
SUmmer College immersion program
Public Prep has secured two spots in Georgetown University's Summer College Immersion Program, a three-week college prep program for rising high school seniors. Designed for high-achieving students with aspirations to apply to the most selective colleges and universities, the program provides a transformational learning experience and an introduction to college life.
Carnegie Mellon University
Summer Academy for Math and Science
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A residential, on-campus summer program for high school students to explore the outer limits of their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with current laboratory techniques and exploring unsolved problems across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Frontiers participants will be utilizing state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and enjoy added activities such as evening workshops, field trips, movies, live performances, and sports tournaments.
Temple Summer Academy
Get a head start on your college career by earning academic credit and a Temple tuition grant through this four-week program. Students take one college-level course and one non-credit workshop over four weeks on Temple's Main Campus. Residential and non-residential options available. Students entering grades 11 and 12.
Temple College 101
Prepare for the college admissions process and learn about the resources you'll need to succeed in college through this two-week program. Students take a test prep workshop and a college-essay writing workshop, and meet with Temple University administrators in different areas to learn about admissions, choosing a major, and more. Residential and non-residential options available. Students entering grades 10, 11, and 12.
Created as an introduction to the field of architecture, the Tyler Architecture Institute welcomes 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Philadelphia has a robust architectural history, and provides an ideal setting.
Designed as intensive portfolio preparation classes, these workshops are open to 11th and 12th grade students with previous high school drawing experience. Learning about the qualities of a well-rounded college admission portfolio, students leave class with finished pieces that will distinguish them as exceptional artists. Classes meet for 6 hours, allowing students the luxury of uninterrupted studio time during which they can completely immerse themselves in their work.
Pre-College Summer Workshop (Art)
High school students entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend. A series of two-week workshops, students can choose to attend 1, 2 or 3 sessions! Students participate in two classes each session, choosing an AM and a PM class from the many Drawing, Painting, Craft, and Digital offerings. For students planning to apply to an art school, this is an opportunity to acquire work in a variety of media that is suitable for use in a college portfolio.
Pre-College Summer Program
As a Pre-College student, you will experience college-level academics in a small class setting while exploring new subjects. Our instructors are all experts in their fields and are fully committed to sharing their expertise, passion, and experience with all students. Ranging from one-week intensives to three-week programs, each course will help you get a jump on your college education by earning up to 6 credits. The pre-college program is designed to challenge your critical thinking and problem solving skills, both in the classroom and during exciting field trips. Rather than focusing on one subject, each academic program track is paired with a course in a different discipline.
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.
Summer Pre-College Program
Through this college-level program, high school students will explore an academic area of interest in a challenging and supportive University-based learning community. The Pre-College Program offers a variety of different course topics from which students can choose and all Pre-College classes are taught by Adelphi’s nationally recognized faculty. Looking to earn college credit? Our for-credit class options provide students with the opportunity to earn 3 transferable college credits which can be applied toward future degrees
Pre-College Summer Program
Skidmore’s Pre-College Program is a summer college credit-bearing experience for motivated students who share a common interest in preparing for college success. Experience new people, places and ideas on our beautiful campus in Saratoga Springs. Skidmore’s innovative summer curriculum allows students to take two Liberal Arts courses, two Studio Art courses, or one of each.
The Pre-College Program offers many engaging activities beyond the classroom to ensure you make the most out of your two weeks on campus. You will have opportunities to engage with faculty, visit New York City socialize with fellow high school students, and explore the Hudson Valley. Get a head start on college by taking a college course and earn college credit.
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.