When you walk into People’s Prep Charter School in Newark, NJ, the first thing you will notice is the presence of a collegiate culture. Students are focused on getting to classes, a broad range of college banners are hung in the hallways, and students easily articulate what it is about People’s Prep that has prepared them to carry out the school’s mission: preparation for all of our students to graduate from the college of their choice as informed, involved, and resilient citizens.
People’s Prep focuses on building the college culture from day one freshman year, and educating students about their community with complete transparency. Freshman, Marquise Colquit-Austin said of his freshman orientation, “The Newark statistics drive me. In [9th grade] orientation I learned only 10% of Newark students [have a college degree]. It’s sad. I will graduate and go to college. I don’t want to be a statistic.”
In order to prepare their students, college visits are an essential part of the school culture. For the first time in the school’s history, People’s Prep’s first senior class participated in an on-site college acceptance process with counselors from Lincoln University, Delaware State, and St. Peter’s College, among others. In addition to the on-site process, in which students can receive on-the-spot college acceptances, People’s Prep students have the opportunity to engage with college counselors on a daily basis to receive help with college and scholarship applications, as well as determine what schools will be the best fit for them.
People’s Prep seniors, Raven Dixon and Kianna George, college class of 2019, took time out of their college-focused schedules to speak with Charters Change Lives!, as did Marquise Colquit-Austin, college class of 2022, a freshman at People’s Prep.
To date, Raven has been accepted to Bloomfield College and Kianna has been accepted to Bloomfield College, Delaware State University, Lincoln University, and William Paterson.