The Democracy Prep Difference

Our Mission

Democracy Prep educates responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice AND for lives of active citizenship.

In close partnership with families, we empower young people with the skills and values to flourish as community leaders who will strengthen our American democracy and change the world!

College and Career Prep

A Safe, Joyful,
Caring Environment

We create a caring, structured environment so students are ready to learn. Our teachers build routines that keep our children safe and make learning fun!


Our students attend academic classes for 8 hours per day, 190 days per year, gaining more than 6 years of education time than the average school—plus tutoring and summer learning opportunities for students who
need even more time.

Cultural Relevance
and Rigor

We select only the best curricula and make sure that our texts reflect students’ experiences while exposing them to the wider world.

College Support

Our College Access & Success Team not only gets our students into the best colleges; we also make sure they can afford it and provide support through graduation.

Career Readiness

We’re developing innovative new programs to make sure that our high schoolers can match their talents and interests to the right career pathways for them—setting every Democracy Prep graduate on the road to success.

The Democracy Prep Difference: College Persistence

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Top Colleges & Universities Attended by Democracy Prep Students

American University
Barnard College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
City University of New York (CUNY)
Clark Atlanta University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University

Emory University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Harvard University
Howard University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Northeastern University
Pitzer College
Pomona College

Princeton University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Spelman College
SUNY at Albany
Syracuse University
United States Naval Academy
University of Nevada (Las Vegas)
University of Nevada (Reno)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Yale University

Growing Active Citizens

Democracy Prep students learn to make a positive difference in their communities and the world. They perform acts of service to others, register voters, lobby for policy change, and use their voices and talents for the greater good.

The Democracy Prep Difference: Voting

A gold-standard randomized control trial study found that “enrolling in Democracy Prep substantially increases the probability that students will vote when they reach adulthood. Democracy Prep increases the voter registration rate of its students by about 16 percentage points and increases the voting rate of its students by about 12 percentage points.”

— Mathematica Policy Research, 2018

A Dynamic School Experience

Democracy Prep schools are safe, supportive, joyful spaces. Keep reading to see how we ensure our students thrive in and beyond the classroom.

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