Thank you for your interest in Prep for Prep. Below is an overview of our application process. Also, be sure to visit the Our Program section to gain a greater sense of all that Prep for Prep offers to its students. The application process varies depending on the grade level of the student.

Visit the appropriate page through the links below or through the Nominate/Apply button above.

Grades 5 & 6

Grade 7

Application Process
Step 1: Verifying Eligibility
Timeline: Fall-Winter
Review the nomination criteria for the child’s grade level (see left menu).

Step 2: Parent Information Meeting
Timeline: Fall-Winter

Parents of eligible children attend a mandatory meeting to learn more about the program, required testing, and selection process.


Evening and Saturday meetings are hosted in Manhattan; daytime meetings take place in public schools in each borough and at our Manhattan office.

Step 3: Application
Timeline: Fall-Winter
At the meeting, parents fill out an application and testing consent form.

Step 4: Group Test Session
Timeline: September-March
To measure academic aptitude and reading achievement, students take a 3.5 hour exam on a Saturday.

Step 5: Individual Test Session and Interview
Timeline: Winter-Spring
Students with qualifying scores on the first round of testing return for individual educational testing and interviews.

Step 6: Notification
Timeline: May-June
Families are notified whether their child will be offered a place in the program.
Learn About Prep's History
Founded by South Bronx school teacher Gary Simons with the support of Columbia University’s Teachers College, Prep for Prep opened its doors in 1978 with 25 students and three teachers....
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