January 7, 2009

New Girls Prep School

East Harlem - January 7, 2009. Girls Prep East Harlem is a new charter school opening in the fall of 2009. The school is modeled on the success of Girls Prep Lower East Side.

Girls Prep Home ImageGirls Prep East Harlem will open with kindergarten and first grade. The school will add a new grade each year, eventually offering grades K-8. Students from Community School District 4 (East Harlem) will receive an absolute priority in the school lottery.

Girls Prep East Harlem believes in educating the whole child. To this end, the school will balance rigorous academics with character development, healthy living and artistic expression. Girls Prep will celebrate four core values: scholarship, merit, sisterhood and responsibility. Students will learn to treat their “sisters” with kindness and respect. The girls will attend music or art everyday and alternate between gym and yoga classes in the afternoon. They will receive 45 minutes of intensive small-group reading every day.

Two teachers will be present in each classroom. Lead Teachers at Girls Prep are fully certified and have at least three years of teaching experience. Girls Prep also has a Fellows program which was created to develop a pipeline of high-quality teachers. A two year commitment, the Girls Prep Fellows Program combines full-time mentored teaching with a subsidized master's degree. In addition, Girls Prep East Harlem will employ four specialists to meet student needs. An Instructional Coach will teach small groups and tailor and combine existing curricula. A Special Education Coordinator, English Language Learners Coordinator and School Social Worker will engage students whose needs are not always met in a traditional classroom.

Girls Prep East Harlem will partner with families to ensure each child’s success. Each school year will begin with a home visit by the student’s teachers. This initial visit allows families and teachers to establish a relationship before the school year begins. At school, a full-time Director of Student and Family Affairs will dedicate her time to answering family questions or concerns. Families are welcome to visit or volunteer any time and Girls Prep will host a variety of school-wide family events such as workshops, picnics, movie nights and breakfasts. Each girl will have a binder that she carries to and from school every day. These binders allow families and teachers to communicate easily and often about their daughter’s progress. All families will also have cell phone numbers for their daughter’s teacher.

Girls Prep East Harlem is currently accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. All applications are due by April 1st, 2009.

More information about Girls Prep East Harlem can be found on the school’s website: www.girlsprep.org. Any questions can be directed to Cora Weissbourd, School Planning Associate, (212) 388-0241 x359 or cweissbourd@girlsprep.org.

Posted by Jose at 5:00 AM

September 1, 1998

Coalition To Improve Public Schools

The East Harlem Coalition to Improve our Public Schools is a strongly knit group of community residents dedicated to improving East Harlem public schools.

The coalition is currently seeking to have the City of New York renovate Public School 109, which is now vacant. The school was vacated due to it being deemed "unsafe" by the city. Subsequent testing has shown the building to be sound and in need of renovation. Renovating P.S. 109 would create more classrooms for Community School Board District # 4 and allow the building to be once again used to teach our communities' children.

The Urban Peach Academy
The Urban Peach Academy High School was established in East Harlem in 1993 to provide a high quality academic education for New York City students, graduates of Community School District # 4 in particular. In our curriculum we address issues of peace and justice, wealth and power, racism, and the creation of ourselves and our cultures. Our goal is to develop the ability to use our minds well in order to create a community that through its ideas and actions, makes the world a better place.

P.S. 109 (99th Street and Second Avenue) can provide that space if it is renovated. If and when the Urban Peace Academy moves to PS 109, it will free more classroom space for J.H.S. 45 students.

Classrooms in many of East Harlem's schools are badly overcrowded. Teachers are handicapped in trying to teach. Students are not given the concerned attention they need and deserve. Only 36% of our elementary and intermediate students read at grade level. If the empty PS 109 is renovated, it will immediately help provide more building space and make for more classrooms in our school district # 4.

The Movement/Petitions
The movement to improve our public schools is fast gathering momentum. More and more people are praying for this and more, and more are becoming active.

Let us pray especially for the renovation of the empty PS 109. Let us help in gathering petitions. Bring them with you to Church of the Resurrection on the date indicated below. Let us pray and look for help in filling out questionnaires on the overcrowding in our classrooms and in our school buildings.

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who built it." Psalm 127:1

Contact Information:
Rev. Norman Eddy
212-722-8147
212-831-5506 (to leave a message)

Posted by Jose at 1:25 PM