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.
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 Lower East Side Elementary School and PrePrep families,
Welcome to Girls Prep Lower East Side! I am thrilled to be leading the flagship (PreK-4) campus of the first tuition-free, all-girls public charter school in New York City alongside Jessica Strong, Principal of Girls Prep Lower East Side 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 and 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 14 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. The 2018-2019 school year marked the 7th 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 2019, 93% of our 4th grade students scored a Level 3 or higher on the New York State Science test. This year, we were also named a Recognition School by New York State’s Education Department. Recognition Schools have high academic achievement, student growth, and graduation rates, and have made progress during the 2017-2018 school year under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We are so excited to welcome Prek girls and boys to our PrePrep program. Our PrePrep boys will have a guaranteed seat at Boys Prep Bronx for Kindergarten.
I am also pleased to introduce our School Leadership Team members who will serve as leaders in ensuring your daughter’s success. As Academic Director, Ms. Katrina Liebst will support teachers, students, and staff primarily in areas of curriculum and instruction. Ms. Kamilah Pascal serves as the Director of Student and Family Affairs who works to maintain a positive school culture through Unity Meetings, student behavioral systems, and classroom management. Our Director of Operations, Ms. Naisha Blijd, oversees our school’s operational systems such as finance, compliance, and day-to-day operations.
We are excited for the 2019-20 school year at Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School!
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