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Help place our scholars on a predictive path to college completion.


Public Prep's College Completion Initative

We are determined to graduate 8th grade scholars who thrive in "right-fit," college-prep public, private, or parochial high schools, and ultimately earn a four-year college degree. Towards this end, Public Prep has secured exclusive partnerships with colleges and universities to guarantee multi-day or multi-week, on-campus experiences for Girls Prep Middle School or alumnae scholars to take summer classes, live in dorms and experience college life.

Our current partnerships include:

Smith College: For the next three years, six Girls Prep scholars are guaranteed entry to Science and Engineering, a prestigious four-week, summer residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine; or Field Studies for Sustainable Futures and Young Women's Writing Workshop, both two-week, summer residential programs.

Cornell University: Each year, ten Girls Prep Middle School scholars spend a week during the summer at the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. Classes have included Veterinary Science, Physics and Science Fiction Writing. In 2017, Cornell Tech (Roosevelt Island) has selected Girls Prep to be an inaugural partner in its Teacher-In-Residence program that will bring Computer Science instruction to 250 Girls Prep Middle School scholars.

Cornell Engineering: For the next three years, up to six Girls Prep rising 11th and 12th grade alumnae will be given priority consideration into two of the most sought-after summer residential engineering programs in the country, Curie Academy and Catalyst Academy, Participants will get in-depth engineering experience through hands-on field sessions and research in various engineering disciplines.

US Naval Academy: Each year, 40 Girls Prep scholars travel to the US Naval Academy Annapolis, MD for a one-day STEM workshop with female engineers and scientists. Beginning in June, 2018, a group of rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade Girls Prep scholars will participate in a four-day, residential Girls Tech Camp, to do hands-on, science and engineering activities related to sports and gaming. In July, Girls Prep faculty will also participate in Set Sail, where the teachers become students for the week and discover hands-on projects that they can replicate in their classrooms to demonstrate science, engineering and math concepts to their students.

West Point: Each year, 40 Girls Prep scholars travel to West Point, NY for civil engineering workshops to build truss bridges and cantilever structures. Beginning in June 2018, a group of Girls Prep 6th and 7th grade scholars will participate in the rigorous West Point Middle School STEM Workshop, a three-day, residential program of hands-on STEM activities taught by cadet mentors.

Stephens College: Each year, ten Girls Prep Middle School scholars travel to Stephens College in Columbia, MO to participate in an exclusive, summer week-long Leadership Academy. Stephens College is the second oldest women's college in the United States. The Leadership Academy includes team-building events and classes that focus on the development of leadership skills through confidence-building activities, the foundations of civil debate, exercising persuasion over coercion, and the fundamental components of public speaking. Each year, Stephens offers a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to a graduating senior in 12th grade student who graduated from Girls Prep as an 8th grader.

Southern Vermont College: Southern Vermont College (SVC) has launched a project known as the Pipelines into Partnership Program. SVC designated Public Prep as one of its Sending Institutions. In this capacity, Public Prep will work with SVC to welcome a maximum of four students from Public Prep to SVC as part of the Pipeline Project for each academic year. Accepted scholars will join the Mountaineer Scholar Program, designed to assist scholars in progressing to and through college. This program includes a Mountaineer Scholars Week during the summer before freshman year, cohort meetings throughout the academic year, and monthly mentor meetings. Selected scholars will receive a four-year, full-tuition/room and board scholarship.

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Vassar: Girls' Leadership Worldwide (GLW) program is an international, ten-day summer leadership program for high school girls who demonstrate leadership potential in their schools and communities. Participants from across the world of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds come together to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to exercise leadership rooted in the courage, compassion, and perseverance modeled by Eleanor Roosevelt. GLW consists of interactive workshops, presentations, discussions, and other hands-on training in specific leadership skills, including public speaking and team building.

Skidmore College: Public Prep has secured two spots in Skidmore's 2018 4-week Pre-College Program, where scholars get a head start on college life by living and learning with other students. Skidmore's unique Pre-College curriculum allows students to take either two studio art courses, two liberal arts courses, or one of each. Offerings include a wide range of courses drawn from the humanities, social and natural sciences; studio art courses and workshops; and special topics courses from diverse disciplines that provide singular experiences. Courses carry standard Skidmore credit, and they are generally transferable to any other college or university.

Wagner College: Public Prep has secured two spots each year for three years in Wagner College's three-week Pre-Med and Science Pre-College Program, which mirrors a college level professional medical program, or Filmmaking and Video Production Program, a three-week interactive learning experience introduces students to the artistic and academic approach to film and new forms of media. Upon successful completion of each program students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.