Founded in 2005 and opening our first school in 2006, Democracy Prep set out to prove what is possible for public education in America. Ten years later, we started the 2015-16 school year with 17 schools and one program delivering transformational results to more than 5,000 scholars this year.
Our Mission & History
Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.
Our flagship school, Democracy Prep Charter Middle School, first opened its doors in August 2006. By 2009, DPCS became the highest performing school in Central Harlem and was ranked the number one public middle school in New York City.
Democracy Prep Public Schools currently operates 17 high-performing schools and one program in New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Baton Rouge educating 5,040 citizen-scholars. The incredible growth of the scholars is possible through the tireless and dedicated work of the educators who make up our DREAM Team.
By proving that students, regardless of what ZIP code they are born into, can perform at high academic levels, we seek to transform not only the lives of the students at Democracy Prep but also the expectation of what public schools can achieve.