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For Sixth Consecutive Year, Senior Female University Leader to Make Major Address to Graduates and Alumnae of Path Breaking All-Girls School


A picture of Barnard College President, Sian Beilock


New York, NY (April 23, 2018): Girls Prep — the first all-girls K-8 public charter school founded in New York City — announced that Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College, will speak at its graduation ceremony to be held on the campus of Columbia University on June 25. The unified ceremony will celebrate 8th grade scholars graduating from both Girls Prep Bronx and Lower East Side Schools, and the cohort of Girls Prep scholars that graduated 8th grade in 2014 who are now seniors and will be entering college in 2018.

Beilock’s record of leadership as an author, professor, University of Chicago executive vice provost and as the eighth president of Barnard College, will be an inspiration to Girls Prep students, faculty and families. Moreover, her groundbreaking research focused on success in math and science for women and girls aligns with Girls Prep’s unique efforts to develop the next generation of female engineers, scientists and mathematicians. Beilock’s accomplishments embody the Girls Prep core values of sisterhood, scholarship, responsibility and merit.

“I’m honored to join in celebrating the achievements of Girls Prep’s graduating class,” said President Beilock. “I’ve spent my career studying tools to help girls perform at their best, particularly in science and math, and I’m inspired by Girls Prep’s mission to provide an environment to help young girls succeed.”

In what has now become an annual tradition, Beilock will be the sixth female university leader to address graduating Girls Prep students, following Presidents Dianne Lynch of Stephens College in 2013, Beverly Daniel Tatum of Spelman College in 2014, Kathleen McCartney of Smith College in 2015, Senior Director Diane Levitt of Cornell Tech in 2016; and Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2017.

Thirteen years after the founding of Girls Prep in 2005, the long-term results are in. Four years after the inaugural Girls Prep cohort graduated from 8th grade, a stunning ninety percent of that Class of 2013 each received on average nearly five offers of admission, and cumulatively received more than $5 million in scholarship offers. Below are a sampling of the colleges and universities being attended by our alumnae or that offered acceptance:

An image with top colleges and universities where Girls Prep alumnae have enrolled

“At Girls Prep, we challenge our scholars to think and work hard every day,” said Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep. “In addition to a rigorous education focused on academic achievement, character development and college knowledge, we demystify success by exposing our scholars to exceptional female leaders. We are honored to have President Beilock be another exemplar role model for our scholars.”

About Girls Prep
Girls Prep Lower East Side was founded in 2005 as the first and only all-girls public charter school in New York City; and Girls Prep Bronx was founded in 2009 to serve female scholars in the South Bronx. Since 2013, Girls Prep has had five graduating classes of 8th graders. There are about 300 Girls Prep alumnae now enrolled in grades nine through twelve. Girls Prep is part of Public Prep, the nation’s only non-profit network that exclusively develops exceptional, tuition-free PreK and single-sex elementary and middle public schools. Click here for Public Prep results and here for a full list of the colleges and universities that are partnered in Public Prep’s College Completion Initiative.
About Barnard College
Barnard provides a singular educational experience, as a world-renowned liberal arts college with the academic resources of Columbia University and the City of New York as an extended classroom. Founded in 1889, Barnard was one of the few colleges in the nation where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, Barnard is one of the most selective academic institutions in the country and remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional. For more information on Barnard College, contact Barnard Media Relations at 212-854-2037 or