Academics


Prep's educational mission is broad: The whole student is the subject. In contrast to the scope of this mission, however, Prep's courses are thematic and focused to facilitate deep investigations of self and world and the meaningful generation/acquisition of knowledge. Teachers and departments have autonomy in curriculum design. The small classes are heterogeneously grouped by ability and age and include special needs students, allowing for a student-centered pedagogy and the discovery of multiple intelligences. Prep teaching embodies the conviction that work is the basic medium of self-actualization and discovery. Self-reflection and revision are essential work habits, and primacy is placed on multiple drafts and critique.

Finally, Humanities Prep uses performance based assessment tasks (PBATs) as graduation requirements. Students (unless they are transfer students who have already successfully taken the Regents exams in Science, Math and Social Studies) must write and present PBATs in English, Social Studies, Math and Science. PBAT rubrics used to evaluate student PBATS can be found in the department folders below.

Recent Announcements

  • Thanksgiving - Prep Style - 2015 Wednesday, November 25th, 2015We had our first annual Prep Thanksgiving Celebration. The festivities included a variety of activities including meditative coloring, cartooning, knitting, cooking, games, and more! Each advisory ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 6:15 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
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  • Prep takes Broadway - Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 A few of our teachers work with the Theatre Development Fund Stage Doors Project. TDF’s Stage Doors is a project-based arts education program that provides middle and high ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 6:16 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
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  • Field Trip to MoMath Today (Thursday, April 24th), around fifty Geometry students took a trip to the Museum of Math. The students explored the museum and all it had to offer including more than ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2014, 11:22 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
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  • Biology at the Bronx Zoo - Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 Gijon's Biology classes spent the morning at the Bronx Zoo. Students explored the Congo Gorilla Forest, Jungleworld, Mouse House, and more!
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 6:16 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
  • Discover Outdoors - Fishing Trip Wednesday, May 28th
    Posted Aug 26, 2014, 11:22 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
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  • Field Trip to the National Museum of the American Indian - March 17th, 2016 On Thursday, tenth graders went to the National Museum of the American Indian to further their research on matriarchal societies. In Global History, tenth graders are researching the social structures ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2016, 8:03 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
  • Human Rights Day - December 10th, 2015 UN Women, the Malala Fund, and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) presented the documentary, He Named Me Malala, as an extension of the Students Stand With Malala youth screening ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 6:15 AM by Courtney Ginsberg
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