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Where the most CREATIVEPASSIONATE, 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 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

Dear Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School Families,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year at Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School! I am honored to lead the 5th-8th grade middle school campus of NYC's first all-girls, tuition free, public charter school in the vibrant and diverse Lower East Side community, and to work alongside Rebekah Adamek, Principal of Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School. When I joined this team in 2014 as the 7th grade English teacher, I was drawn to our network’s commitment to create a “warm and joyful culture of rigor” and to graduate alumna who are empowered to make choices that will make our world a better place. At Girls Prep, we know the importance of educating girls in our society, of cultivating their voices and confidence, so that when they leave our doors they are prepared to face any challenge that comes their way. It is because of my commitment to our mission that I chose to teach at Girls Prep and why I feel humbled and privileged to lead this community.  

When you walk into our building, you will see and hear how our students and staff live our mission everyday. You will hear scholars  engaging in text based discussions, thinking critically about what they have read, and crafting arguments rooted in evidence. You will see our scholars working in collaborative groups to solve real-world problems and challenging each others’ thinking. You will see our commitment to STEM as our scholars engage in daily science classes where they apply their core body of knowledge in hands-on experiments and lab work on the BioBus. You may also see our 8th graders learning computer science through our partnership with Cornell Tech. This commitment to STEM has led to 95% of our scholars passing the Living Environments and Algebra 1 Regents Exams. 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 they made progress during the 2017-2018 school year under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is because our scholars are challenged to think and work hard every day that they are prepared to excel in all areas. 

On behalf of our entire team, I’d like to thank you for partnering with us for what will be an incredible school year together and entrusting us with the people you hold most dear. Our North Star to College Completion is only possible because of the commitment of students, families, and staff to work together along this journey. I could not be more excited to get to know your family. I’m looking forward to a great year together!

Jessica Strong

Principal, Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School

PHONE: 212-358-8216