WHERE WE STARTED:
12 YEARS LATER....
WHERE WE ARE NOW:
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 2017-18 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.
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 Girls Prep alumnae to take summer classes, live in dorms and experience college life. Costs for the below programs will be only $200 per scholar, with additional options for travel aid from certain program. Explore the opportunities below and click to the links to apply.
Dance in the city
Public Prep has secured three spots in the 11-day Dance in the City Program, during which you’ll learn about dance from four different perspectives: as a scholar, a dancer, a choreographer, and an audience member. In the classroom, students learn to critically analyze, write and discuss various forms of dance. In the studio, you’ll practice at the The Ailey Extension at The Joan Weill Center for Dance, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in classes ranging from Contemporary to classical ballet. The program will culminate in presenting your own choreographed work in collaboration with classmates. All Pre-College Students partake in evening excursions and activities across New York City.
During Catalyst Academy, a co-ed summer 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.
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!
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.
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY:
DISCOVER business Teen Academy
Public Prep has secured three spots in the 1-week Discover Business Teen Academy. Scholars will gain knowledge in teamwork and leadership, communications, foreign language, networking, finance, marketing, market research, and business planning. Participants will hear from FDU business professors, guest speakers, and will partake in company site-visits. The skills learned at this camp can be applied to all areas of life – in school, business, and the world.
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.
Public Prep has secured two spots in the 4-week Pre-College Program, where scholars get a head start on college life by living and learning with other students. Skidmore’s unique Pre-College curriculum allows students to take either two studio art courses, two liberal arts courses, or one of each. Offerings include a wide range of courses drawn from the humanities, social and natural sciences; studio art courses and workshops; and special topics courses from diverse disciplines that provide singular experiences. Courses carry standard Skidmore credit, and they are generally transferable to any other college or university.
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.
SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE:
Southern Vermont College (SVC) has launched a project known as the Pipelines into Partnership Program. SVC designated Public Prep as one of its Sending Institutions. In this capacity, Public Prep will work with SVC to welcome a maximum of four students from Public Prep to SVC as part of the Pipeline Project for each academic year. Accepted scholars will join the Mountaineer Scholar Program, designed to assist scholars in progressing to and through college. This program includes a Mountaineer Scholars Week during the summer before freshman year, cohort meetings throughout the academic year, and monthly mentor meetings. Selected scholars will receive a full tuition/room and board scholarship.
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.
pRE-med and science program
Public Prep has secured two spots each year for three years in Wagner College's Pre-Med and Science Pre-College Program, or Filmmaking and Video Production Program (see right). This three-week interactive learning experience mirrors a college level professional medical program. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students will partake in demonstrations, labs, simulators and have the opportunity to visit hospitals in the NYC metro area. Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.
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No Loan Colleges: here
- Full NYC Calendar of College Fairs: online
SUNY College Fair
2018 STARS CGI Girls College Fair
AMNH College Fair
Big Apple College Fair (no registration needed)
2018 College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino Students & Families.
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."
Pictured above: Ajeona and Sandra Cisneros, a Girls Prep Lower East Side classroom Namesake.
"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!"
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"