Join a Diverse Community of Leaders Poised to Make an Indelible Impact on the World

Prep for Prep develops future leaders by preparing middle-schoolers at New York City public, charter, and parochial schools to attend top independent day and boarding schools. Our 14-month enrichment program ensures that students are academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for the private school experience and develop the skills necessary to become leaders and thrive in their future educational and professional endeavors.

Prep for Prep students: 

  • Spend two summers and the intervening school year taking classes that will prepare them to begin study at their day or boarding school
  • Become part of a like-minded community of young leaders, forming life-long friendships with their peers
  • Enjoy art, entrepreneurship, and leadership programs; summer camp; and travel abroad opportunities
  • Learn job skills through paid internships at companies such as Google, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Mount Sinai
  • Have access to social-emotional and wellness support throughout their academic journey

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Prep for Prep by the Numbers

List of 4 items.

  • 13

    average class size in independent schools, compared to 25 in NYC public schools
  • $555,000

    average financial aid awarded by independent schools and colleges for each student’s educational journey
  • 100%

    of Prep's high school seniors are accepted into college
  • 83%

    of over 4,000 graduates earned degrees from the most competitive colleges in the country including Columbia, Harvard, and Yale

Who's Eligible for Prep for Prep?

Prep for Prep applicants must: 

  • Currently be in 5th or 6th grade for the day school program (Prep for Prep) or 7th grade for the boarding school program (PREP 9)
  • Score at or above the 90th percentile on statewide English Language Arts and Math exams
  • Average at least 90% or mostly 4s on last year’s final report card
  • Identify as Black, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, or multiracial for the day school program (Prep for Prep), or Black or Latino for the boarding school program (PREP 9)
  • Demonstrate very strong academic performance and high financial need

How Much Does Prep for Prep Cost?

Prep for Prep does not charge tuition for its 14-month academic program. Independent schools provide financial aid to cover the gap between their tuition and what families can afford to pay.

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We envision a nation guided by ethical and effective leaders that reflect our diverse society. 

Prep for Prep's mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational, leadership development and professional opportunities.