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Girls Prep and Smith College Announce Three-Year Summer Programming Partnership to Educate Exceptional Young Women

Innovative Precollege Experiences to Help Develop the Next Generation of Female Writers, Engineers, Mathematicians and Scientists


NEW YORK, NY - Girls Prep, the premier all-girls PreK-8 public charter school in New York City, and Smith College, among the oldest and largest women’s colleges in the United States, announced today an innovative three-year partnership to annually educate at least six Girls Prep alumnae as part of Smith College’s prestigious precollege programs at the institution’s beautiful 147 acre campus in Northampton, Massachusetts, beginning in the summer of 2018.

Smith College has committed to offer Girls Prep Lower East Side and Bronx alumnae in high school - rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders - the opportunity to join other ambitious and academically talented young women to explore intellectually stimulating subjects, strengthen their college applications, and enjoy an authentic precollege experience by studying and living the “college life.”

In 2015, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney gave the Commencement speech at Girls Prep. In it, she noted the shared mission of the two institutions on behalf of women and girls.

“Like Smith College,” she told the audience, “Girls Prep is a remarkable place where girls and women come first. A place where your aspirations are never questioned. A place where your ability to succeed is a given. A place where your voice matters.”

Girls Prep alumnae will have the opportunity to participate in these immersive, residential programs at Smith:

  • Science and Engineering Program, a four-week program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Students will conduct hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
  • Field Studies for Sustainable Futures, a two-week, interdisciplinary program that encourages scholars to think and act “Beyond Green” and that approaches the issues of energy production, ecological design and sustainable food from multiple points of view.
  • Young Women’s Writing Workshop, a unique, two-week, writing-intensive workshop that advances writing skills in a variety of areas from screenwriting and poetry to fiction and memoir writing. Working with published authors, participants lay the groundwork for developing a strong writing portfolio and learn the steps involved in generating new work.

Janelle Bradshaw, Public Prep Superintendent and an alumna of Smith College said, “With companies like Apple announcing that it will be creating more than 20,000 new jobs in the next five years, and with the increased demand for outstanding female and minority students to pursue STEM-related careers, this partnership is a compelling example of Girls Prep’s commitment to prepare the next generation of female leaders and ensure our graduates are prepared to compete for the world on the horizon.”

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. 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. 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 a full list of the colleges and universities that are partnered in Public Prep’s College Completion Initiative.

About Smith College

Since its founding in 1871, Smith College has provided women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality. A world-class faculty of scholars are fully engaged in their intellectual development, and an open curriculum encourages young women to explore many fields of knowledge. Mentors for scholarship, leadership and service help young women observe different models of achievement so they can set their own course with conviction and confidence. Summer Precollege Programs at Smith College offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school young women who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond. Every year these programs offer more than 200 young women the freedom to explore challenging and intriguing subjects, to strengthen their college applications and to sample the Smith undergraduate experience while living and studying with other motivated and ambitious students from around the world.