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Welcome to Challenge Prep Charter School

Our mission is to prepare students to excel academically and compete successfully for admission to high-performing public, private and parochial high schools in NYC. Challenge Prep offers a rigorous academic curriculum within a safe and supportive school environment. We cultivate intellectual, social, emotional and ethical development of our students and support them in achieving mastery of the 28 NYS Learning Standards and the Common Core Learning Standards.

Please contact us to learn more about our vision, instructional strategies, teachers, and leadership. We hope you'll become part of the Challenge Prep "difference."

Our School

American public education is in crisis. Our public education system simply hasn't kept pace with the changing social and economic shifts the world has experienced over the last twenty years. With the global shift to a creative, knowledge-based economy, it's more important than ever to equip learners with the skills and knowledge that will enable each to succeed.

Challenge Preparatory Charter School is addressing 21st Century education with an exciting mix of research, academic rigor, and innovation. Our  purpose is to prepare students to gain admission to and succeed in competitive public and private high schools.


Recognizing that our students during the first charter term will be in high school preparing for college in 2020, the founders of Challenge Prep have designed an academic program that will build students’ foundational academic skills, content knowledge and motivation to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
 
Challenge Prep’s educational philosophy promotes high levels of academic achievement and tailoring instruction to ensure that academic needs of all students are met. Challenge Prep’s founders believe that good instruction recognizes the interrelation of content knowledge and higher order thinking and that, accordingly, good instruction should reflect a balanced approach to learning.
 
Challenge Prep's workshop model delivers balanced, NYS-aligned curricula in all subjects. This model has been selected because it supports the School’s balanced educational approach and builds capacity in teachers to differentiate instruction in a classroom of heterogeneous learners. The model facilitates differentiated instruction, and it has been highly effective in supporting academic achievement for at-risk populations, including ELL, Title I and special education students, as well as for academically gifted students. The workshop model is based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and Benjamin Bloom’s work regarding strategies to help individuals to engage in the highest levels of thinking—i.e. analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
The School offers arts education in Visual Art and Music.

Vision
By the end of fifth grade, our students will demonstrate skills, content knowledge, and character traits vital to becoming independent, life-long learners.  The Challenge Prep scholar will:
  • be able to read independently for comprehension and write independently for purpose.
  • have an instructional focus on vocabulary to meet the needs of each student.
  • be able to recall arithmetic facts and think critically to solve math problems.
  • have an understanding of the world through knowledge in science and social studies.
  • be competitive with students from any background as they proceed in their education.

Challenge Prep is Different

Challenge Prep StudentImagine a place children love to go…a place they are challenged…a place where their extraordinary potential is recognized and their accomplishments are rewarded. Imagine a place where children thrive academically and socially. Imagine a safe place…a place where strong minds and strong character are equally valued, and each is nurtured. This is the environment we provide our scholars.

Challenge Prep expects to enroll a population of students that reflects that of the public schools in Community School District 27. Accordingly, we've tailored our instructional approach to meet the needs of our racially and ethnically diverse students.
 
Our community is not unlike many others across the nation, but the Challenge Prep approach is. We're are squarely taking aim at the causes and issues related to local poverty, the needs of English Language Learners and special needs students, including gifted and talented children. Challenge Prep leadership works hard to provide the highest quality instruction and support to all our students, with excellent assessment and remediation strategies. 
 
Toward Closing the Achievement Gap
We’ve extended the school day for all scholars, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM,  Monday through Friday, and extended our school year to 190 days. 

Each scholar
  • receives rigorous instruction in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Art, Music, Dance, and Physical Education
  • is richly engaged in extended reading blocks, double periods of Mathematics and daily instruction in Science and Social Studies
  • enjoys two teachers and an assistant in every classroom
  •  receives a brand new musical instrument
  • benefits from two hours of enrichment activities everyday in Music, Art, Gym and Dance
  • interacts with technology daily via SMART board and laptops in every classroom