WHERE WE STARTED:
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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.
- 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.
- File your FAFSA: online
- Financial Aid Process: video | document
- Financial Aid Checklist: download
- Post-FAFSA Support: document
- Scholarship Search: online
- Dates, Deadlines, and Registration: online
No Loan Colleges: here
Grants to visit out-of-state schools: here
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"