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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 2018-2019 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 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.
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."
"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!"
Pictured above: Ajeona and Sandra Cisneros, a Girls Prep Lower East Side classroom Namesake.
When asked why she enjoys college, she responded: "The reason why I enjoy college is because I am able to express myself in multiple ways while still having a very inclusive support system around me"