Democracy Prep schools are schools of choice. We believe we can serve any child who chooses to enter our lottery, regardless of race, economic situation, special education status, nationality, previous academic record, or anything else.


Thank you so much for your interest in Democracy Prep Public Schools! The 2014-2015 school year is underway, and we are proud to have 4,416 citizen-scholars at our schools! The applications for the 2015-2016 will be available in the new year for our schools in New York, New Jersey, or Washington, DC. Please check back then.


The lotteries for our schools are held in April of each year. Students in New York City are given a preference in the lottery if they live in the Community School District in which a Democracy Prep school is located (District 5 for grades K-12 at Democracy Prep Charter Middle School, Democracy Prep Charter High School, Democracy Prep Harlem, Democracy Prep Endurance and Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary; District 4 for grades K-8 at Harlem Prep Elementary School and Harlem Prep Middle School). Siblings of students at a New York, New Jersey or Washington, D.C. Democracy Prep school are also given preference for a seat at that school.


For questions regarding the application for New York City, please email or call 347-640-3777.

For questions regarding the application for New Jersey, please email or call 856-962-0766.

For questions regarding the application for Washington, D.C, please email or call 202-302-7870.

Please Note: Unfortunately there are thousands more who choose to apply to Democracy Prep than we have seats in classrooms, we admit students by random lottery. To advocate for more seats for more Harlem, Camden, and DC families, click here.