About Our Founder
Seth Andrew started his career as a public school teacher in South Korea and South Africa, before becoming a Special Education Administrator in Massachusetts.
Although he was deeply inspired by his students’ growth and passionate about working in the classroom, he felt his colleagues lacked his sense of urgency and zeal. He longed for an innovative environment where everyone shared the belief that every single one of their students would be successful in college and citizenship if given the necessary academic tools.
Determined to leverage his work to affect the greatest number of students, Seth set out to build a college preparatory school focused on civic education that served all students, including those with special needs. His goal was to have the school become a proof-point for what was possible for urban students, standing in stark opposition to both the doubts about his students’ capacity and the critiques of public charter schools in general.
In 2005, Democracy Prep Public Schools was born with the goal of ensuring that every single student would “Work Hard, Go to College, and Change the World!” Under Seth’s leadership as founding Head of School, Democracy Prep became the number one middle school in the City of New York.
Seth is a proud product of the New York City public school system and earned his A.B. in Education and Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown University and an Ed.M in School Leadership & School Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is now a Senior Advisor in the Office of Education Technology at the White House.
“We founded Democracy Prep because we knew we could do better and that our students could do better, and now after just a few years we’ve become a proof point for the country that students can achieve at remarkable levels if we give them what they need.” – Seth Andrew, Founder