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Where the most CREATIVE, PASSIONATE, and BRIGHTEST scholar is always a GIRL!

Our unique approach places equal emphasis on character development, college knowledge, and academic excellence through an integrated curriculum to ensure all of our students are on a path to our North Star to College Completion and beyond. Our schools establish a culture of joy weaved in with the expectation of learning and critical thinking. Scholars are recognized for academic achievement in equal measures to their representation of our core values.

girl sitting and smiling
During Morning Meeting, teachers to welcome scholars and set expectations for the day.
girl doing yoga
Yoga and mindfulness builds skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness and pro-social traits like patience, compassion and gratitude.
four girls in line
Sister Circle is dedicated time to reinforce social and emotional well-being. Scholars participate in mini-lessons around social-emotional regulation, problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, and more.
two girls holding hands
Girls Prep prioritizes character development through our four core values of sisterhood, scholarship, responsibility and merit.
girl riding scooter in gym
Physical education programming aims to keep scholars active and moving, with a goal of lifetime physical activity. Following NYS standards, curriculum includes personal health and fitness, knowledge of a safe and healthy environment, and building skills in resource management.
two girls doing math work
Our mathematics vision is to provide students with the ability to make sense of the world through a mathematical lens by emphasizing conceptual understanding and development of problem solving habits and tools.
two girls banging drums
To nurture the whole child, Public Prep Academies offer internal and external arts and music programming and partner with leading organizations such as: American Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Hall, DanceMakers, National Dance Institute, New Victory Theater, and The Public Theater.
girl doing science project in group
Scholars receive science instruction 5 days a week taught by content-specific teachers beginning in Kindergarten. Public Prep elementary and middle schools also partner with STEM programs such as BioBus, Bubble Foundation, Cornell Tech, Leave It Better, Trout in the Classroom, the US Naval Academy, and West Point.
scholar building with math blocks
Beginning in Kindergarten, all Public Prep scholars receive Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI). CGI is an additional math block where scholars dissect and solve complex problems and present their thinking and strategies to the entire class. This innovative approach enables a high-level of student discourse about mathematics.
scholar doing science project
Hands on activities spark scholars' interest and creativity.
The culture of high expectations that celebrates both academic achievements and personal growth has instilled a love of learning in our daughter and has harnessed her natural curiosity and high energy.
- Carol Santiago-DeJesus, Girls Prep Parent
WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Girls Prep families,

Welcome to Girls Prep!  I am thrilled to be leading the flagship (K-4) campus of the first tuition-free, all-girls public charter school in New York City alongside Jessica Strong, Principal of Girls Prep Middle School.   When I began working at Girls Prep in 2011, I was drawn to its mission to provide a high-quality education to girls to support their success on the path to and through college. I have been consistently impressed by the level of commitment shown by our students, families, and staff to create strong educational outcomes for our scholars.

This year we are celebrating 13 years of providing a unique and exciting educational choice to our students and families.  Girls Prep scholars consistently demonstrate our 4 core values of merit, scholarship, sisterhood, and responsibility both in and out of school.  Girls Prep scholars are consistently included in leadership programs that place students into private schools such as TEAK, Prep for Prep, and A Better Chance. Recently, 2018 marked the 6th consecutive year that 100% of the Girls Prep graduating 8th grade scholars were accepted into “right-fit”, high quality high schools who will continue to support their path to and through college.  In 2018, 96% of our 4th grade students scored a Level 3 or higher on the New York State Science test.

As you walk through our school building, you will notice that our classrooms are named after famous women such as Brenda Berkman, Billie Jean King, and Mae Jemison.  These women serve as influential role models to our students. Our faculty is committed to providing a rigorous, holistic education that includes reading, writing, social studies, math, and science as well as social-emotional learning, the arts, and fitness.  

Girls Prep Lower East Side 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. We are determined to graduate 8th grade scholars who thrive in “right-fit,” high-performing public, private, or parochial high schools, and ultimately earn a degree from a four-year college or university.

Thank you for your interest in Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School!

Sincerely,
Principal Adamek
The teachers go above and beyond to make sure your daughter succeeds. They have such an amazing and dedicated staff.
-Ms. King, Girls Prep Alumna Parent
SISTERHOOD | SCHOLARSHIP | RESPONSIBILITY | MERIT