Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 3, 2016


National Prep Students Organize a Community Vigil for Recently Killed Graduate Zoruan Otto Harris this Thursday at 5pm; Hundreds of Community Members Expected.


“We will never let Zoruan’s death be a statistic, and our students are resolved in bringing the community together to stop the violence in their neighborhoods.”
Jennifer Ross Executive Director and Founder of National Prep

WASHINGTON, DC ― While students are still grieving and recovering from this tragedy, they are inviting the community to a one-hour vigil this Thursday. There will be a large balloon release and short program in memoriam of Zoruan Otto Harris.

The vigil is being organized by students and will be held at 5pm on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS located at 4600 Livingston Rd. S.E.. National Prep students have vowed not to let Zoruan’s death be a statistic or go in vain. Zoruan was a college freshman this year, attending the University of the District of Columbia on a full scholarship for exceptional teen fathers. He had goals for completing his bachelor’s degree to ensure a stable future for his son. At just eighteen years of age, Zoruan was a responsible father, and held down two jobs.

Prior to graduating this past spring, Zoruan was the captain and quarterback of the Panthers, National Prep’s football team, Zoruan was that great kid who everyone looked up to as an example of a positive role model. He was involved with Steve Harvey’s Foundation and attended his Mentoring Camp for Young Men. Because of his leadership, he was selected to give the class gift to the commencement speaker, David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, this past June.

Founder and Executive Director, Jennifer Ross, is working with her students to use Zoruan’s murder as a catalyst for change. Students are now organizing this vigil, which will be followed up with a larger town hall meeting to include law enforcement leaders, faith-based leaders, community leaders and students. “We will never let Zoruan’s death be a statistic, and our students are resolved in bringing the community together to stop the violence in their neighborhoods”, states Ross.

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In addition, the students at National Prep want to continue to surround Zoruan’s family with support. Already, the GoFundMe.com/Zoruan page has raised nearly $7,000.00, to be held in trust, for his baby son, Zoruan Otto Harris, Jr. The school wants to ensure that his child has everything that his father, through his hard work and dedication during his short, young life, intended to provide for him.

https://www.gofundme.com/Zoruan

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About National Prep:

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Prep) is the first DC Public Charter High School East of the river to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. They have received Middle States Accreditation and are offering a college education track to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, DC. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program, to extending the length of the school day, thus allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined the staff as a founding faculty member. Dr. Brown came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team, they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, values and a brighter future for hundreds of disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, DC. Another differentiator is their remarkable 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rate. What they have accomplished in just 7 short years has been nothing short of extraordinary!

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, DC, National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on International Studies and Advance Placement, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.

For additional information on National Prep visit:

Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2016


National Prep Graduate killed; he will not be forgotten and will NOT be remembered as a statistic!


“National Prep is completely devastated over the loss of one of our most esteemed leaders who did everything right and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Jennifer Ross Executive Director and Founder of National Prep

WASHINGTON, DC ― In yet another act of senseless violence, Zoruan Otto Harris, a graduate of National Collegiate Preparatory Charter High School (National Prep) was killed last night at an event in the Barry Farms section of Southeast Washington, DC.

As the captain and quarterback of the Panthers, National Prep’s football team, Zoruan was that great kid who everyone looked up to as an example of a positive role model. He was involved with Steve Harvey’s Foundation and attended his Mentoring Camp for Young Men. Because of his leadership, he was selected to give the class gift to the commencement speaker, David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, this past June.

Zoruan was a college freshman this year, attending the University of the District of Columbia. He had goals for completing his bachelor’s degree to ensure a stable future for his son. At just eighteen years of age, Zoruan was a responsible father, and held down two jobs, one of which was cleaning National Prep in the evenings as an employee of the PMM Facilities Management, LLC.

“National Prep is completely devastated over the loss of one of our most esteemed leaders who did everything right and was in the right place (a positive community event) at the wrong time,” stated Jennifer Ross, Executive Director and Founder. At this time the school is asking for privacy and the opportunity to process what has happened before beginning the healing process for their children. Grief counseling services are being provided to assist students.

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What is most important to the school right now, is to surround Zoruan’s family with emotional support, as well as to establish a Go Fund Me page for his baby boy. The school wants to ensure that his child has everything that his father, through his hard work and dedication in his short, young life, intended to provide for him.

https://www.gofundme.com/Zoruan

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About National Prep:

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Prep) is the first DC Public Charter High School East of the river to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. They have received Middle States Accreditation and are offering a college education track to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, DC. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program, to extending the length of the school day, thus allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined the staff as a founding faculty member. Dr. Brown came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team, they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, values and a brighter future for hundreds of disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, DC. Another differentiator is their remarkable 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rate. What they have accomplished in just 7 short years has been nothing short of extraordinary!

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, DC, National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on International Studies and Advance Placement, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.

For additional information on National Prep visit:

Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 7, 2016


Local Ward 8 Teen Going to the USA Boxing Olympics National Tournament!


“National Prep is all about students becoming global citizens and finding their passion. We could not be any prouder of Lamar for his success and we are looking forward to seeing him go all the way.”
Jennifer Ross Executive Director and Founder of National Prep

Ward 8 has some GOOD NEWS! Lamar Odoms, 15 year old Freshman at National Collegiate Prep -PCS, is headed to Dallas, Texas this month to compete in the National Junior Olympics. His latest regional win catapulted him into the USA Boxing National Junior Olympics in Dallas, Texas where he will compete this month. Both Lamar and his twin brother Lamont have been raised by their single dad Lawrence Ridley. Juggling their lives and education has been a struggle; Ridley signed the boys up for an after school baseball program. Ridley says the program ended too early in the day, so he enrolled them in a boxing program that began immediately after the baseball program. He was then able to pick his sons up at a time that worked with his job schedule.

Lamar attends National Collegiate Prep, the first International Baccalaureate Charter High School east of the Anacostia River with Middle States Accreditation. National Prep stresses honor, scholarship and leadership in all aspects of student life. Lamar’s father chose National Prep because of its reputation and successful record toward discipline. Lamar’s classmates and teachers are very proud of him; success is celebrated at National Prep on a daily basis. Lamar aspires to be a professional boxer; he says a backup profession will be engineering because his favorite subject is Algebra I: “I like the way my teacher makes it fun.”

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While it is a little early for college, Lamar has his eye on Marshall University in WVA, “… because my sister goes there and I want to be closer to her.” The odds of Lamar being accepted and going to college are excellent because National Prep has a 100% college acceptance rate and gets millions of dollars a year in aid for their students. “National Prep is all about students becoming global citizens and finding their passion. We could not be any prouder of Lamar for his success and we are looking forward to seeing him go all the way”, says Executive Director and Founder of National Prep, Jennifer Ross.

The Odoms name is one to look out for because Lamar’s twin, Lamont Odoms, competed in Kansas, Missouri at the Ringside World Games. Both boys have found a hidden talent and are competing on the national level in boxing. Lamar’s dad stated, “I’m proud of my sons. I grew up in Ward 8 and it’s terrible. A father plays a very important role, not just for girls, but especially for boys. I’ve been through the struggle and stay on top of my boys”.

Lamar’s coach Walter Manigan (Coach Walt), of the Life Styles Gym, says Lamar has won the Junior Olympic local and regional 101 pound division for ages 15-16. In order to be ranked in the country, you must make it to the nationals. Lamar is on his way! Coach Walt also shares, “I have seen a tremendous difference in his attitude and performance since he began with us”.

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About National Prep:

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Prep) is the first DC Public Charter High School East of the river to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. They have received Middle States Accreditation and are offering a college education track to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, DC. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program, to extending the length of the school day, thus allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined the staff as a founding faculty member. Dr. Brown came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team, they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, values and a brighter future for hundreds of disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, DC. Another differentiator is their remarkable 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rate. What they have accomplished in just 7 short years has been nothing short of extraordinary!

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, DC, National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on International Studies and Advance Placement, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.

For additional information on National Prep visit:

Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

MEDIA CONTACT:

Marlyn Ferguson: (301) 980-3343-c (301) 288-4843 -o marlyn@mmppllc.com

Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2015
Location Change from Capitol Hill to National Prep!

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month Kick-Off will be hosted by National Prep PCHS



Historically taking place on Capitol Hill, this year National Prep PCHS, located in Anacostia, (www.nationalprepdc.org) has accepted the invitation to host this year’s kick-off event on May 1, 2015, from 10 AM-1230 PM. Each May, during prom season, youth across the country unite during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month™ (GYTSM) to focus on the leading cause of death for themselves and their peers: traffic related crashes. Global Youth Traffic Safety Month™ empowers youth to develop and lead traffic safety education projects and support law enforcement and affect legislation to protect teen drivers.

MEDIA WORTHY VISUALS:
  • Toyota 365 driving simulator for drunk driving (reporters are welcome to drive!)
  • Marijuana Goggles (reporters are welcome to test)
  • Race Track and Drunk Goggles (reporters welcome to test)
  • Howard University Mobil Alcohol Education booth
  • Discovery Channel Young Scientist -Demonstrating device that recognizes and tries to stop drowsy driving
  • National Road Safety Foundation - Highlighting award winning PSAs and showcasing opportunities for students at NCP to create their own

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In January, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx challenged mayors across the country to take a leadership role in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety by joining the "Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets". A former mayor himself, Foxx understands that effective action to reverse the trend of rising pedestrian injuries and deaths can only be achieved through a partnership between the federal and local governments. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed up to participate in the “We are delighted to partner with National Prep to host this year's kickoff. National Prep has an incredible track record of scientific achievement in the field of youth safety, and their dedication to promoting the involvement and leadership of all students in this effort is to be applauded and emulated." - Anita Boles, CEO, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)” Challenge. Students at National Prep are contributing by conducting pedestrian safety assessments of their routes to school. They hope to present the results to the Mayor Bowser.

What began as a national coalition of nearly 70 nonprofit organizations, business and industry partners and federal government agencies that address the health and safety of youth in the United States has now gone global. The mission is to promote youth empowerment and leadership and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth. Originally named National Youth Traffic Safety Month (NYTSM), this advocacy campaign was formed in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the United Nations 2007 Global Road Safety Week. More information on this campaign can be found at www.noys.org.

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National Prep at a Glance
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma AND they are offering it to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program to extending the length of the school day allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008 Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009 Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined as a founding faculty member, who came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!
  • National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680.
  • The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, IB is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities.

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.

For additional information on National Prep visit:

Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2015
Meet George Rambert, National Prep’s 2015 Posse Scholar

National Prep Helps Anacostia Students Rise Above Their Circumstances!



GEORGE RAMBERT, STUDENT & POSSE SCHOLAR
“I love National Prep because they care for the kids and make sure they get everyone into college. Says Rambert. “Math is my favorite subject. I will be majoring in Mathematics in math in college. After college I would like to be a teacher. National Prep showed me how important it is to push students like myself to want to succeed and better ourselves.”
Washington, DC February 2015 - Washington, DC – George Rambert of National Prep has been selected to receive the prestigious Posse Scholarship. Rambert will receive a 4-year full tuition scholarship to Sewanee, the University of the South. This is the second year in a row that a Posse Scholar has been selected from National Prep.

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential that may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

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This is one of the stellar success stories at National Prep. But life wasn’t always this way for these young people. Many students in this Anacostia neighborhood endure hardships that might have led them down a very different path. National Prep’s Beyond the Classroom WebSeries, focuses on the challenges of five students who are turning their lives around…

Meet National Prep Students in the “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series

 National Prep has unveiled the first four segments of a five-part web series called "Beyond the Classroom," that tells the stories of five of their students.

Today’s focus is on the 4th story, Beyond The Classroom: Deandre’s Story. Deandre was walking home from his neighborhood Boys & Girls Club after playing basketball with friends. He was jumped by a group of boys who brutally beat him when he said he didn’t have anything in his pockets for them to take.

In his neighborhood, he said he sees many people his age not even going to school. His own brother has been on the wrong side of the law and served 3 years in the State Penitentiary. According to Deandre, even people you know will rob you, and he just wants to get himself and his mother out of this neighborhood.

Deandre’s experiences have provided the impetus for him to study hard and get excellent grades at National Prep. He aspires to go to college through the Navy and become a Forensic Scientist.

In Part 1 of ”Beyond the Classroom,” Stephanie went from life in foster care, after being removed from her abusive home at age, to college and a great future. Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Stephanie’s Story

In Part 2 we meet DeArren, who was a criminal offender until he saw a friend shot right in front of him. This turning point inspired him to get an education and attend National Prep. Today he is an honor roll student who is proud of his achievements! Watch: Beyond The Classroom: DeArren’s Story

The third story, "Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story", is about a very soft spoken young lady who lives in the middle of a Southeast war zone. Her complex is known for violence, and she and her family rarely go outdoors. After the encouragement Tamia received from National Prep, she now wants to become a pre-school teacher so that she can motivate children to begin their journey and experience a successful education. Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story

Far too often we hear the negative results of this sort of story; the “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series is an opportunity to share some good news! These stories are not unique, however they are not told often enough.

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fosters hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future for over 300 disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Many of these young people enter the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level. National Prep has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate. Our students report that from the very first day they enroll at National Prep, they feel loved as part of our family!



For additional information visit:
Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com

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About National Prep:
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma AND they are offering it to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program, to extending the length of the school day, thus allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined the staff as a founding faculty member. Dr. Brown came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team, they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, values and a brighter future for over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!
  • National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680. 
  • The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, the IB Program is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities. 

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2015
Sankofa Ball Celebrates Family Legacy While Prepping Students for their Future

National Prep Helps Anacostia Students Rise Above Their Circumstances


Washington, DC February 2015 - The future looks bright for 61 National Prep graduating seniors who willattend the Sankofa Ball on February 28th, 2015 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD. Students will celebrate the completion of their instructional program: Rights of Passage Empowering Students (R.O.P.E.S.). This experience provides an opportunity for students to experience firsthand cultural relevance, as well as their own place in history. Students are exposed to the following: Financial Literacy, Etiquette, Genealogy, the Middle Passage, The Civil Rights Movement, and Public Speaking. Students will publicly speak about their aspirations, and their family genealogy will be on display in poster form. Our graduates have also learned, and will perform, the fundamental aspects of DC Hand Dancing, the District of Columbia's official dance.

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“Parents have come to me with tears welling in their eyes, bursting with pride, and thanking me for the growth their seniors displayed as a result of participating in this program,” said Jennifer Ross, National Prep Founder. “They were so grateful for the social skills their teens displayed and were so happy they chose National Prep.”

Ross says, she’s personally witnessed her students’ growth and self-awareness, from the ability to handle a formal occasion, the Sankofa Ball, to the presentations they gave during the ceremony; Ross said it was absolutely heartwarming to see the pride on the faces of our students, as well as their teachers and family.

But life wasn’t always this way for these young people. Many students in this Anacostia neighborhood endure hardships that might have led them down a very different path. National Prep’s Beyond the Classroom Web Series, focuses on the challenges of five students who are turning their lives around…

Meet National Prep Students in the “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series

 National Prep has unveiled the first four segments of a five-part web series called "Beyond the Classroom," that tells the stories of five of their students.

Today’s focus is on the 4th story, Beyond The Classroom: Deandre’s Story. Deandre was walking home from his neighborhood Boys & Girls Club after playing basketball with friends. He was jumped by a group of boys who brutally beat him when he said he didn’t have anything in his pockets for them to take.

In his neighborhood, he said he sees many people his age not even going to school. His own brother has been on the wrong side of the law and served 3 years in the State Penitentiary. According to Deandre, even people you know will rob you, and he just wants to get himself and his mother out of this neighborhood.

Deandre’s experiences have provided the impetus for him to study hard and get excellent grades at National Prep. He aspires to go to college through the Navy and become a Forensic Scientist.

In Part 1 of ”Beyond the Classroom,” Stephanie went from life in foster care, after being removed from her abusive home at age, to college and a great future. Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Stephanie’s Story

In Part 2 we meet DeArren, who was a criminal offender until he saw a friend shot right in front of him. This turning point inspired him to get an education and attend National Prep. Today he is an honor roll student who is proud of his achievements! Watch: Beyond The Classroom: DeArren’s Story

The third story, "Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story", is about a very soft spoken young lady who lives in the middle of a Southeast war zone. Her complex is known for violence, and she and her family rarely go outdoors. After the encouragement Tamia received from National Prep, she now wants to become a pre-school teacher so that she can motivate children to begin their journey and experience a successful education. Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story

Far too often we hear the negative results of this sort of story; the “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series is an opportunity to share some good news! These stories are not unique, however they are not told often enough.

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fosters hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future for over 300 disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Many of these young people enter the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level. National Prep has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate. Our students report that from the very first day they enroll at National Prep, they feel loved as part of our family!



For additional information visit:
Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com

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About National Prep:
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma AND they are offering it to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program, to extending the length of the school day, thus allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined the staff as a founding faculty member. Dr. Brown came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team, they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, values and a brighter future for over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!
  • National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680. 
  • The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, the IB Program is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities. 

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2014
National Prep will host STEM Invention Convention

Washington, DC November 3, 2014 - National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) host the upcoming Invention Convention in conjunction with the Metro Warriors STEM Organization (MWSO) and IT Computer Wiz Kids. The event will be held at National Prep on November 12, 2014, from 5-7 PM, at 4600 Livingston Road SE, Washington, DC 20032.

The National Prep STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program invites middle school students and their families to participate in this interactive experience which will involve robotics, as well as kid inspired inventions.

Two exciting projects that involved National Prep STEM students will be on display:

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Stem Remote Control Car – Two years ago, National Prep was introduced to a STEM Remote Control Car program, designed for project-based learning and cross-curricular teaching working in teams, students organized, operated and established their own companies. Currently, as participants in this program, young men and women are supported by a community of mentors who partner with them to create a program that mirrors best practices of business and marketing executives, engineers, technicians, and professional sports teams. Through advanced engineering techniques, the ultimate goal is to increase performance and realize a 1:10 scale electric, radio-controlled car.

In March 2015, National Prep STEM students will travel to California to participate in the national championship competition at the National Society of Black Engineering Conference.

GameHawk Application - Students at National Prep beta tested this new game application that helps people find and play online games with their actual friends.

“STEM is life, so everything we do involves STEM. That is the model we have for our program here and we look forward to engaging interested students”
Melvin Stallings STEM Coordinator


National Prep offers disadvantaged youth in D.C. an opportunity to rise above their circumstances and to receive the encouragement they need to obtain a world class education. Student comments often reflect feelings of belonging and caring at National Prep: “It feels more like a family at my school!” This solid staff/student partnership has predictable results: National Prep young men and women enjoy a 100% High School Graduation and College Acceptance Rate!

National Prep is committed to partnering with interested students to succeed in STEM; there is an urgent need to bridge and close the achievement gap for students in this academic area.

For additional information visit:
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MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com

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About National Prep:
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma AND they are offering it to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program to extending the length of the school day allowing for more instructional time.

In 2008 Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009 Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined as a founding faculty member, who came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!

- National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680.

- The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, IB is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities.

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style



(Here's some information from National Prep, a D.C. Public Charter School in Anacostia.)
Guess what we do for Thanksgiving?


We ensure all of our students have a delicious hot meal, and share rich fellowship. We'd love for you to come and join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Feast at National Prep on Tuesday November 25th, 2014!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2014
National Prep Helps Anacostia Students Rise Above Their Circumstances…Learn More in “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series

Washington, DC October 16, 2014 – When we think about Anacostia, one of the poorest sections in Southeast D.C., what comes to mind: danger, shootings, robberies, gangs, drugs, violence? What if you were a young person living in this area and wanting a better life? What are your choices?

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National Prep offers disadvantaged youth in D.C. an opportunity to rise above their circumstances and to receive the encouragement they need to obtain a world class education. Students at National Prep attend a school that feels like a family and they enjoy a 100% High School Graduation and College Acceptance Rate!

Maybe there are young people in Ward 8 who want to change their lives and don’t know where to begin. Perhaps they are attending a school that just isn't working for them. They might want to consider National Prep for next year. And here’s why they should…

Meet National Prep Students in the “Beyond the Classroom” Web Series

National Prep has unveiled the first three segments of a five-part web series called "Beyond The Classroom,"that tells the stories of five of their students.


“I live in the middle of a complex known for shootings and robbing. We couldn’t leave our house.”
-Tamia, National Prep Student

The third story, "Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story" premiers today, and is about a very soft spoken young lady who lives in the middle of an inner-city war zone. Her complex is known for violence, and she and her family rarely go outdoors.

After the encouragement Tamia received from National Prep, she now wants to become a pre-school teacher so that she can help children receive the motivation they need to get their education off to a good start. Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story

In Part 1 of ”Beyond the Classroom,” Stephanie went from life in foster care after being removed from her abusive home at age 3… to college and a great future.
Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Stephanie’s Story

In Part 2 we meet Dearren, who was a criminal offender until he saw a friend shot right in front of him. This proved to be the turning point that made him want to get an education and attend National Prep. Today he is an honor roll student who is proud of his achievements!
Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Dearren’s Story

Far too often we hear the negative results of stories such as these; the “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series provides an opportunity to share some good news! These stories are not unique, however they are not told often enough. You see, National Prep now has room to motivate even more students to change their lives…they just need to be make the commitment now!

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fosters hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, D.C. Many of these young people enter the 9th grade functioning, academically, at 3rd and 4thgrade levels. Our students report that from the very first day they enroll at National Prep, they feel loved as part of our supportive family!

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com
For additional information visit:
Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube

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About National Prep:
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma ….and they are offering this world class program to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep. The school year begins in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program. Additionally, extending the length of the school day provides more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as predominantly talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G. Brown, Ed. D., Chief Academic Officer for National Prep, came out of retirement to join the staff as a founding faculty member and to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team this staff built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!

- National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680.

- The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, IB is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities.

- Currently, twelve of National Prep’s students have been identified as semi-finalists for the POSSE Scholarship. Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2014

National Prep Helps Anacostia Students Rise Above Their Circumstances…Learn More in “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series
Enrollment is Open; Limited Spaces Are Available for the Current School Year!

Washington, DC October 9, 2014 – When we think about Anacostia, one of the poorest sections in Southeast D.C., what comes to mind: danger, shootings, robberies, gangs, drugs, violence? What if you were a young person living in this area and wanting a better life? What are your choices?
National Prep offers disadvantaged youth in D.C. an opportunity to rise above their circumstances and to receive the encouragement they need to obtain a world class education. Students at National Prep attend a school that feels like a family and they enjoy a 100% High School Graduation and College Acceptance Rate!

Full Story


Maybe there are young people in Ward 8 who want to change their lives and don’t know where to begin. Or perhaps they are attending a school that just isn’t working for them. National Prep has Open Enrollment and room for a few more students to join the program this year! And here’s why they should… Meet National Prep Students in the “Beyond the Classroom” Web Series

National Prep has unveiled the first three segments of a five-part web series called "Beyond The Classroom," that tells the stories of five of their students. The third story, "Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story" premiers today, and is about a very soft spoken young lady who lives in the middle of an inner-city war zone. Her complex is known for violence, and she and her family rarely go outdoors.

After the encouragement Tamia received from National Prep, she now wants to become a pre-school teacher so that she can help children receive the motivation they need to get their education off to a good start.
Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Tamia’s Story

“I live in the middle of a complex known for shootings and robbing. We couldn’t leave our house.”
-Tamia, National Prep Student

In Part 1 of ”Beyond the Classroom,” Stephanie went from life in foster care after being removed from her abusive home at age 3… to college and a great future. Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Stephanie’s Story
In Part 2 we meet Dearren, who was a criminal offender until he saw a friend shot right in front of him. This proved to be the turning point that made him want to get an education and attend National Prep. Today he is an honor roll student who is proud of his achievements! Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Dearren’s Story

Far too often we hear the negative results of stories such as these; the “Beyond The Classroom” Web Series provides an opportunity to share some good news! These stories are not unique, however they are not told often enough. You see, National Prep now has room to motivate even more students to change their lives…they just need to be make the commitment now!

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fosters hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, D.C. Many of these young people enter the 9th grade functioning, academically, at 3rd and 4th grade levels. Our students report that from the very first day they enroll at National Prep, they feel loved as part of our supportive family! MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com
For additional information visit:
Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube
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About National Prep:
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma ….and they are offering this world class program to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest sections of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep. The school year begins in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program. Additionally, extending the length of the school day provides more instructional time.

In 2008, Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as predominantly talented, young African American men and women. In 2009, Dianne G. Brown, Ed. D., Chief Academic Officer for National Prep, came out of retirement to join the staff as a founding faculty member and to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team this staff built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C. What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!

- National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680.

- The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, IB is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities.

- Currently, twelve of National Prep’s students have been identified as semi-finalists for the POSSE Scholarship.
Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : August 29, 2014

Beyond The Classroom – Five Part Web Series
National Prep Profiles Six Students’ and What Contributes to Their 100% High School Graduation and College Acceptance Rate. – Friday, August 29, 2014

Washington, DC August 29, 2014 National Prep has unveiled a five part series called "Beyond The Classroom". The series goes in depth into the lives of six of their students to educate the public as to what is behind their 100% graduation and college acceptance rates.
The second story, which premiers today, "Beyond The Classroom: Dearren’s Story", is about a young man who says he was a criminal offender on the streets of DC, until a life-changing event happened.

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“I was in the streets, I was smoking, I was robbing, I was out all night, I was stealing cars… it was a game until I saw my friend get shot” says Dearren. “I told my mother I want to graduate school so I can get out of my neighborhood.”

Today Dearren is an honor roll student at National Prep who feels proud of his accomplishments. He is a wonderful example of many of successful college-bound students at National Prep.

Far too often we hear the negative results of this sort of story; the “Beyond The Classroom” is an opportunity to share some good news! Dearren's story is not a unique one, however it is one that is not being told. It is our hope that this series will encourage conversation, empathy and support of children like Dearren who are doing the right thing and staying off of the streets and out of trouble.
Watch: Beyond The Classroom: Dearren’s Story
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fosters hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C, some of whom enter the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level. National Prep has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate. Our students report that from the very first day they enroll at National Prep, they feel loved as part of our family!

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482 -c (301) 384-2120 -o, christina@mmppllc.com
For additional information visit:
Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter | YouTube
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“In the streets where I grew up, I watch people get shot – I’ve seen dead bodies.”
-DeArren, National Prep Student
About National Prep:
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma AND they are offering it to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C. Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program to extending the length of the school day allowing for more instructional time. In 2008 Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. In 2009 Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. joined as a founding faculty member, who came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

Together, with their dynamic leadership team they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C. What they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!
- National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000. This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680.

- The Class of 2014 graduated 100% of its students and included students who received the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year. Of note, IB is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities.

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.



National Prep Reaches Out to Area Youth to Become Part of Their Family

PREP FEST for Prospective and Current National Prep Students – August 1, 2014


As many students have enrolled for the 2014-15 school year,
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) has designed a new creative campaign to attract area students who may still be undecided.  This year for the first time they will be reaching out door to door in their surrounding community AND inviting potential students to a PREP FEST event on Friday August 1st, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, to highlight the family feeling National Prep offers to their successful students.

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PREP FEST will have several stations to assist families with learning about National Prep’s successful 97% graduation and college acceptance rate, the My School DC enrollment process/requirements, uniforms, immunization requirements, extracurricular activities and FREE food.  Newly enrolled National Prep 9th and 10th graders will receive a FREE backpack with school supplies.  Prospective students and their families will mix and mingle with staff and current students.

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) is one of the only DC Public Charter schools that offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma AND they offer it to disadvantaged youth living in one of the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

 

Special attention is given to the needs of disadvantaged youth at National Prep: from beginning their school year in the summer to ‘jump-start’ their program to extending the length of the day to allow for more instructional time.

 

And here’s how it all got started: In 2008 Founder and Executive Director, Jenifer L. Ross, envisioned a place where inner-city children would be provided with a safe and nurturing environment to: celebrate being smart, achieve great grades and discover their value as talented, young African American men and women. She was soon joined by founding faculty member Dianne G Brown, Ed.D. who came out of retirement to accept the challenge of establishing an academic program for inner city students, some of whom were entering the 9th grade functioning academically at a 3rd and 4th grade level.

 

Together they built the school known today as National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) fostering hope, dignity self-respect, value and a brighter future to over 300 disadvantaged youth in the poorest section of Washington, D.C.

And what they have accomplished in just 5 short years has been nothing short of remarkable!

  • National Prep’s first founding graduating class in 2013 included 53 students who had a 100% college acceptance rate and received scholarship/grant monies totaling over $700,000.  This year’s number is nearly 5.5 times higher, totaling an estimated $3,749,680.
  • The 2014 graduating class will include students who will receive the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, a two-year program that was launched at National Prep during the 2012-2013 school year.  Of note, IB is predominantly found only at private schools and in high socioeconomic communities.
  • Niko Darby who will graduate in June 2014, is the first National Prep student to receive the prestigious full four-year POSSE Scholarship.  POSSE provides the opportunity for high school students to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams or “Posses” of 10 students.  Darby competed with over 20,000 students across Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia during the course of several months.  He was cited for his academic abilities and extraordinary communications skills.  Darby will attend The University of the South, also known as Sewanee, on a full scholarship and major in Biochemical Engineering; this is one of the nation’s top ranked liberal arts colleges

 

 “I love NCP because it has an environment where success can be attained, “said Darby. “Our teachers and students form such successful phenomenal alliances that I believe will someday revolutionize the realm of education.”

 

“It is our goal to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our students to include a rigorous college prep curriculum to prepare our students for college and give them an international experience including opportunities to travel abroad and learn about other cultures and customs while attending National Collegiate Prep.” said National Prep Founder and Executive Director Jennifer L. Ross. “We prepare our students to be self-directed, life-long learners equipped to be engaged 21st century citizens of their school, community, country and world.”

 

Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Prep offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style. 

 





Contact: Christina Eaglin (301) 758-2482, christina@mmppllc.com



Class of 2014 Processional at Howard University's
Cramton Auditorium on June 16th, 2014

 
Watch our processional here!
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National Prep students entertain the crowds at the DC Educational Festival on January 11th, 2014
Thousands of parents attend D.C. schools festival to shop for educational opportunities.

By Emma Brown, Published: January 13 - Thousand of parents descended on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday for the D.C. Educational Festival, a one-stop school shopping event meant to help families navigate the city's growing—and sometimes overwhelming—number of school choices.

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The city's increasingly popular charter schools have long marketed themselves at this annual event, but this year, for the first time, traditional D.C. middle and high schools were on hand to sell themselves, too.



(Sarah L. Voisin/ The Washington Post) - Javon Treadwell, center, a senior at National Collegiate Preparatory public charter high school, is the head drum major entertaining the audience


National Collegiate Prep Wins Big over Forestville HS

January 07, 2014
Click here to see the full news article


Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General to Speak at National Collegiate Preparatory School Commencement on June 10
Holder to address some of DC’s best and brightest high school students

WASHINGTON., June 4, 2013 - Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder Jr. will speak to some of the District of Columbia’s best and brightest high school students when he delivers the inaugural commencement address for the National Collegiate Preparatory School.

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Holder, who is the first African American United States Attorney General, will speak to the class of 2013, which includes the founding class of 53 students, during commencement service at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

Founder and Executive Director of National Prep, Jennifer Ross shared that it is truly amazing and a dream come true to celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and women, and the school’s first graduation on the campus of Howard University, her alma mater.

The school’s entire graduating class has been accepted to college and will receive a combined amount of scholarship and grant money totaling more than $700,000.00.

“Graduation means more opportunities and a chance to explore the world without boundaries," said National Prep’s valedictorian, Sharayah Wilson, who will attend James Madison University to pursue a degree in nursing.

The event is open to National Prep staff, faculty, students, and families and closed to the public. Select media are invited to attend and must present a government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license), as well as valid media credentials. Press inquiries regarding logistics and RSVPs should be directed to Renee McMullen at (240) 461-9615 or renee@mtmbizconsulting.com. Due to heightened security, please note all bags and equipment will be checked as you enter the event. Media will receive additional information about security sweep Friday afternoon, after they RSVP.

About Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Holder was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on Feb. 3, 2009. He is the first African American to hold that post. Prior to that, Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP. From 1997 to 2001, Holder served under President Clinton as the Deputy Attorney General, the first African American named to that post.

Holder is a native of New York City where he attended Columbia College, majored in American history and graduated in 1973. He received his juris doctorate from Columbia Law School in 1976. While in law school, he clerked at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s criminal division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state and federal levels. In 1988, Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1993, he was selected by President Clinton as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

About National Collegiate Preparatory
National Collegiate Preparatory was founded in June 2008 and opened its doors to the founding class during the 2009-2010 school year. National Collegiate Prep is a college prep international studies focused high school. In February 2011 National Collegiate Preparatory was approved as an International Baccalaureate World High School. National Prep is the only IB High School “East of the River” in Ward 8 and had its first cohort of IB students to begin studies during the 2012-2013 school year. National Prep is located in Ward 8 in the Congress Heights community, one of the poorest communities in the District of Columbia. Students at National Prep participate in a service learning trip during their junior year of high school abroad. This graduating class earned 20 hours of community service while volunteering and practicing their Spanish in Panama in spring of 2012. Each junior class has the opportunity to volunteer abroad giving them the opportunity to travel outside of the United States and learn about another culture while practicing their skills of speaking Spanish. For more information about our exciting college prep program go to http://www.nationalprepdc.org and Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


National Collegiate Prep Awarded Prestigious International Baccalaureate World School Status
Ward 8 public charter high school receives authorization to begin the IBO Programme this fall.

WASHINGTON, DC, February 8, 2012 – National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School today announced its authorization as an International Baccalaureate Organization World school by Switzerland-based International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).  National Collegiate Prep is set to launch its IBO Diploma Programme at the start of the 2012-13 school year.

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The IBO Diploma Programme moves beyond traditional Advanced Placement (AP) programs in preparing students for post-secondary education.  Students begin this rigorous curriculum at the start of their junior year. Program components promote analytical thinking and the courses of study require academic curricula to be aligned with IBO standards and assessments in each content area.  In addition, an extended essay class is a required element of the program and is instrumental in preparing students to write on a college level.  Colleges and universities around the world view students with an IB Diploma very favorably, and often afford these students sophomore status upon admission.

 “Having an IBO World school here in Ward 8 opens up a world of opportunities for achievement oriented students who live east of the river,” said Jennifer Ross, the school’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. Ross noted that when the school’s charter was written, the only IBO certified school in the District was located in Northwest, creating a significant challenge for students from Wards 7 and 8 to enroll because of the distance.  Ross and others who were involved in the early stages of the school’s development were greeted with skepticism and reservation when presenting their idea to create an IBO school in Southeast. Yet, they felt strongly that there were many unrecognized, underserved, and under engaged students in Wards 7 and 8 who were ready for the challenge and who deserved the opportunity to become scholars. With the backing of the school’s board of trustees, Ross and a team of skilled educators penned the charter for National Collegiate Prep with a pledge that the school would become an IBO World school.

The two-year IBO authorization process required that National Collegiate Prep’s teachers, administrators, and leadership staff endure an exacting training process to equip staff to implement the program. As National Collegiate Prep is the city’s only public high school with a focus on international studies, the IBO Diploma Programme fits seamlessly with the school’s international focus.  Further, the program also has a strong emphasis on community service, which is a hallmark of National Collegiate Prep. Ross feels that under the helm of Dr. Dianne G. Brown National Collegiate Prep’s Chief Academic Officer, the school’s academic program  is in great hands and ready for this amazing new chapter.

This spring, students from National Collegiate Prep’s junior class will have an opportunity to merge the school’s emphasis on community service with its international focus as they travel to Panama to participate in a service-learning project.  The school will host an Annual Gala at the Westin National Harbor on March 29, 2012 to raise funds for school’s international program and to augment efforts to cover the cost of travel and associated expenses for the trip.  For more information on the school’s IBO certification, its trip to Panama, or the Annual Gala, contact Jennifer Ross, 202.832.7737.


About National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School
Located in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, D.C., National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School (National Collegiate Prep) offers an exceptional experience for local high school students who want something more. With an emphasis on international studies, National Collegiate Prep provides a safe, uplifting, and challenging environment designed to stimulate each student’s unique skills, strengths, and learning style.

Contact:
Jennifer Ross, Executive Director
202.832.7737
jross@nationalprepdc.org
News & Events

Congratulations to Jada Brown & Michael Thomas who placed 2nd & 3rd in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest.  






Sad News: Zoruan Harris, an amazing National Prep Graduate, was senselessly killed.  Learn more about this hard working college-bound student and the child care fund which has been established for his baby boy; please click here.

Web Series: Beyond The Classroom 

This series focuses on our students' personal life stories, and their life at National Prep.