In nine years, Democracy Prep has grown from a handful of sixth-grade classrooms to 5,500 students in 19 schools and two K-12 programs. We enroll our students through a random lottery and ensure that all students at all grade levels are prepared for success in college and a life of active citizenship.

WHY DEMOCRACY PREP WORKS

One of the pillars of a Democracy Prep education is the thoughtful use of data. We don’t educate using our gut, we educate using quantifiable, proven methods backed by thoughtful measurement.

Here is some data that reflects why Democracy Prep schools are so successful.

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Demographics

The student body of Democracy Prep reflects the diverse
urban communities where our schools reside.

85%

Students who qualify for
free lunch

99%

Students of color

18%

Special Education students

100% College bound
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College Acceptance

Work Hard. Go to College. Change the World! is the motto of Democracy Prep.
Our Scholars work hard starting in Kindergarten. By their senior year, their dedication pays off with impressive college acceptance rates.

20:1

College Counselor to student ratio. It rivals that of exclusive private schools

80%

While 100% of our graduates are admitted to college, 80% are admitted to the most selective colleges.

89%

Percentage of alumni enrolled in college.

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Assessments

We believe in assessing our scholars using a variety of methods to achieve a broader picture of how well they are learning. These insights help us guide our scholars on the road to college and a life of active citizenship.

New York State Advanced Regents Diplomas 2015

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New York State Regents 2015: Pass Rates
Class of 2015

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New York State Assessment
Comparing students who entered the lottery for Democracy Prep and got in with those who did not get in.

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Turnaround

Democracy Prep is a proven leader in urban charter turnaround.

Democracy Prep believes all students deserve an excellent education, especially those in failing schools. Democracy Prep has partnered with failing charter schools at risk of closing to help turn them around these schools. Applying Democracy Prep’s rigorous and structured model to the students at these failing schools and garnering vastly different results is proof that the Democracy Prep model works and that all students are capable of achieving academic success.

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Our Talent

You can’t have great schools without amazing teachers.
We work all year round to hire the best teachers from around
the world. Once here, we support them with constant feedback
and professional development opportunities to help
them continue to grow.

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From thirty-seven US states
(and the District of Coumbia)

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Number of years a quarter of our teachers have been in the classroom

43%

Percentage of teachers and school leaders who identify as persons of color

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Civic Engagement

At Democracy Prep we educate our scholars to lead a life of active citizenship. We also empower families to have a voice in their communities.

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What’s Next?

Join our
DREAM team

APPLY

Apply for one of our
school lotteries

ENROLL

Help us with the work
we’re doing

SUPPORT

Thank you for considering Democracy Prep!