Our students largely come from New York City’s public schools. Over 500 schools nominate fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders who have scored in the top ten percent on statewide English and Math tests. From over 6,000 nominated students, approximately 125 fifth- and sixth-graders and 75 seventh-graders are admitted to our Preparatory Component. Students who successfully complete the 14-month academic program are placed in independent school.
No, only a very small number of them. About one million students are enrolled in New York City public schools. Prep for Prep accepts about 200 students into the program every year (or about .0002% of the city’s public school student population).
We expect our students not just to excel academically but to become role models within their independent school and college communities and, ultimately, leaders in the world at large. We support our students with a comprehensive, individualized approach: personal and academic counseling, a strong peer network, a family emergency assistance fund, tutoring and psychological support services when needed, and more. As our students grow and mature, we offer a range of professional and leadership opportunities to complement their academic and extracurricular endeavors.
Unfortunately, no. According to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's extensive study of high-achieving, low-income students, that is not the case. The study describes what happens to such children as “the achievement trap.” Educators, policymakers, and the public assume they can fend for themselves, but these students “disproportionately fall out of the high-achieving group during elementary and high school, they rarely rise into the ranks of high achievers during those periods, and, perhaps most disturbingly, far too few ever graduate from college or go on to graduate school.”
Prep for Prep is not a scholarship program. We do not pay tuition or provide scholarships. Instead, nearly 80 independent day and boarding school partners provide over $35 million annually in need-based financial aid to our students. Our students also receive generous financial aid packages from their colleges and graduate schools.
Prep for Prep believes our nation needs more leaders who reflect our increasingly diverse society. Our mission is to develop future leaders by providing gifted young people of color access to a first-rate education and an array of leadership development and professional advancement opportunities.
Prep for Prep’s work is made possible by the generous financial support of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Prep for Prep receives no public monies, and charges no tuition to its students. Please consider making a contribution or helping us secure paid summer internships for our students.
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