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Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York

Charter | K-8 | 550 students

Our school is best known for offering a free public single-sex education option.

 
 

Living in New York

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $525,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 23 ratings
2012:
Based on 26 ratings
2011:
Based on 7 ratings

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Posted April 12, 2014

"Look at the test scores" please bare in mind that Common Core testing was put in effect in 2013 which made the test much more harder, and lower percentages of passing is to be expected however Girls Prep still beat out most of New York STATE. Just keep that in mind please :)


Posted August 28, 2013

I love this school and feel the people who say bad things about it don't know anything about the school at all I do my child goes here and what she learn.Is amazon What she learn and how to work with other is amazon All I have to say is before you say anything bad about this School you need to learn about it first before you say anything!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

A place where our daughters are not only taught academically but they are also taught the core values of scholarship, merit, community, and responsibility. Not only are they taught these values they are enforced daily and our daughters carry them with them every day and where where.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Love this school ... My daughter has been attending GP since k and I have nothing but good things to say about not just academically the teachers and staff are also great so involved and attentive during and after the school year...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter has been at Girls Prep since kindergarten and she will now being entering 5th grade Girls Prep Middle School. This school has help to get and keep my daughter where she needs to be academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Great school that offers great opportunities for young ladies to strive. My daughter is entering 8th grade this year and I am confident with the help of girls prep I'm sure my daughter will excel in high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter is going to 7th graded and has been in GP since Kindergarten. GP is a great school with teachers who care and want the best for the girls. Besides academics the girls are instilled with the knowledge that they can be anything they want to be and being a girl/women should not hinder their aspirations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York (elementary) is an excellent school. My daughter is entering her fourth year and the education she has received thus far is second to none. The language she uses far exceeds her years, her test scores are excellent and the pride she exudes from being a young "woman" in this day and age and part of this community is fantastic. The teachers and administration are young and excited to teach which makes going to school fun and learning easy for the students. Students are assessed CONSTANTLY and the support they receive, whether to help them advance beyond their grade level or help in keeping up, is awesome. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged. From monthly parent leadership meetings, Unity meetings (pep rally's where students receive ribbons and certificates) and invitations to come into the classrooms and either witness what our daughter is learning or invitations to come and speak with the students about our families traditions, favorite books, careers and much more. This school was an excellent choice for our family. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Girls Prep strives for our young ladies to be college bound ready and be the best they can be in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

Girls Preparatory charter school is a Great school for young ladies to become inspiring woman of the future. I also like that they encourage the girls to be smart, powerful and successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

Scholarship . Merit . Responsibility and Sisterhood Thats what girls prep elemantry is all about! We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

This is my daughter's first year at Girls Prep. I have read some really discouraging comments but I am extremely happy at the results I have seen. Girls Prep opened their doors to my daughter's learning disorder and jumped right in to offer all support necessary. The teaches, the staff everyone has been great. She is now reading and writing and enjoying school. Girls Prep has made the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

girls prep is a great, safe environment to learn and challenge yourself everyday through academics while having fun.


Posted April 26, 2013

I am a student here and I have been going here since the beginning. I think the people who talk bad and disrespect this school are completely mistaken, this school is a great one. I have been accommodated for all of my needs, whether it be advanced classes, extra help, or time off, and all of the staff here are always ready to help. I always ask my teachers "What made you pick up teaching" and they always answer "I love it, I wouldn't have it any other way" in their eyes is so much sincerity that it makes me happy. I am going to Phillips Exeter in the fall and that just goes to show how much of a push this school has been for me. Most girls got into their first choice for the applications process, and I am a girl that got into her first independent boarding school choice, on a full scholarship plus money for electronics, transportation, and other necessities. Don't even think about giving this school a bad grade, take it from someone who has been through it and came out swinging. Although I have had a supplement program, TEAK, help me through the process, Girls Prep gives rigorous education and puts your daughter in an environment where her teachers are charismatic, fun, and ready!


Posted April 26, 2013

This is school is great. The teachers in the school will help you, when you need help in the help. The school keeps upgrades like your grades, and other things. When your in this school, you feel like this could be your home. Teachers and counselors in this school are always here, whenever you need them.


Posted April 26, 2013

I am honored to say that I am a 8th grade student at Girls Prep. Girls Prep was a great help when it came to the high school administration process. Any questions I had was always answered. This school helped me get into my second choice of high school which I am very happy with. Thank you so much Girls Prep.


Posted April 26, 2013

Girls prep gives scholars a rigorous education and the tools they need to succeed. I have been accepted to one of the top catholic in the city, as well as the Midwood humanities program in Brooklyn. Without Girls preps teachers and staff I would have gotten nowhere. TThey are sincere and they are at Girls Prep because they want to be not because they have to. Girls Prep is my second family I am sad to go.


Posted April 26, 2013

This has helped me EXTREMELY! From when I first came to this school which was in 2005 to now 2013. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for Girls prep. They have exposed me to so many great oppurtunities that have really help me become a better person. Although I have had my highs and lows, it will never compare to the great experince and sisterhood I have gotten from my teachers and my classmates here. Girls prep made it easy for me to get into the high school I wanted and I am very appreciative of that. This school is a true place for a girl living in New York City. It has so much to offer it is sometimes overwhelming, from the amount of support from the teachers and the counselor, to the hundreds of girls willing to lend a helping hand to each other. I am grateful for so many things that has come from girls prep and I am a little upset because I have been coming here for 8 years and honestly I think that I will really won't get the same experince I got for Girls prep. It has been an amazing 8 years and I am proud to call myself a Girls prep scholar.


Posted April 25, 2013

"I-I work hard" and "Girl, look at that brain." That's what my youngest is singing around the house lately. Not only do they work hard, but they have fun. That's what it's all about. Thank you to the teachers and staff at GP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

I really like the fact that at Girls Preparatory Charter school, when you as a parent have an issue then help I mean really,really help. Thank you GPMS! You Rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 50% 19%
Hispanic 2 46% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
White 1 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 1100%N/A49%
Male 10%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 261%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 14%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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This school
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 
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This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents41885%
Students16198%
Teachers5298%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. VERSHA MUNSHI-SOUTH
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • All girls
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (212) 338-1086

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • College preparatory
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Girls Prep LES opened in 2005 as the first all-girls charter school in NYC. Girls Prep LES is part of the Public Prep Network, a nonprofit organization that develops single-sex elementary and middle public schools that pursue excellence through continuous learning and data-driven instruction. Our model is designed to empower each student to build strong character, demonstrate critical thinking, possess a core body of knowledge, and be on a predictive path to earn a degree from a university.
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Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
901
Students typically come from these schools
Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School
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442 E Houston St-Rm 312
New York, NY 10002
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Phone: (212) 388-0241

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