Prep (5th and 6th Grades)

Prep helps the brightest and most hardworking African American, Latino, and Asian American students in the New York City area prepare for success at leading independent schools (commonly known as private schools) in New York City. Current 5th and 6th grade students apply to Prep for entry into independent schools in 7th or 8th grade. Space in the Prep for Prep program is reserved for students who demonstrate very strong academic performance and high financial need. As such, Prep for Prep considers family income and financial assets as part of its application process.
Eligibility Criteria

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  • Grade Level

    Currently in 5th or 6th grade
    Attends a NYC area public, charter, or parochial school
  • Ethnicity

    African American
  • Attendance

    Stellar attendance and punctuality

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  • Exam Scores (5th graders)

    New York State Exams from 2018-2019:
    611 and above on Math
    616 and above on English Language Arts (ELA)

  • Exam Scores (6th graders)

    New York State Exams from 2018-2019:
    611 and above on Math
    609 and above on English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Academic Achievement

    Average 90% or above, or mostly 4's, on 2018-2019 final report card

Admissions Process Timeline

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  • Nominations & Applications

    Nomination and application forms are available to submit online. Please note that a student who is nominated still needs to submit an application. Please have the child’s final prior year report card on hand to submit the application.
  • First Level

    Families who submit an application are invited by email, with the applicant, to attend a mandatory Parent Meeting and First Level Exam.

    During the meeting parents learn more about our program and selection process while students take a 3.5 hour exam.

    Students are evaluated to move on to the Second Level based on the First Level Exam scores, prior year report card, and their previous year's state exam scores. Parents are notified of the First Level decision via email. 
  • Second Level

    Students who move on to the Second Level are asked to submit ALL required documents online. Please note that your child’s file will only be complete and considered ready for review when ALL required documents have been received.

    We will hold a series of Second Level meetings to review the requirements and answer questions. 

    Students are evaluated to move on to the Final Level based on the review of the required Second Level documents. Parents are notified of the Second Level decision via email.
  • Final Level

    Students in the Final Level of the Admissions process are invited to participate in an interview and sit for an IQ test.

    Families are asked to submit additional documentation, including teacher recommendations.

    All students in Final Level will be reviewed.
  • Notification

    MAY - JUNE
    Final Level decisions are issued via email. The Admissions team notifies and admits 125 students to Prep.

    Last week of June:
    Preparatory Component begins for admitted students.
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