We are committed to recruiting and serving all children, including those students with special needs and English Language Learners. Democracy Prep accepts new scholars at all grade levels (K-8) at the beginning of each new academic year by random lottery when space is available. Acceptance guarantees the accepted student a seat in the grade that is most appropriate for the student’s level of academic ability but does not guarantee a student’s acceptance to a particular grade regardless of age or prior grade completion.
As such, after a student is accepted to one of our schools based on our random lottery, the student takes an academic assessment which serves to let us know the appropriate grade level in which to place the student based on our rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Even if a student initially is placed in an upper grade, a scholar can be retained at any time if the student does not meet the DPPS promotion criteria. We do provide extra support to scholars in the form of after school tutoring, Saturday school and summer school to ensure that our scholars succeed at Democracy Prep, in college, in civic life and beyond.
Democracy Prep’s ability to appropriately evaluate and serve each scholar is highly dependent on any Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and special learning needs. In any instance in which Democracy Prep is unable to serve a student in an appropriate manner, a discussion will occur with each family to find at the most appropriate match for the student’s needs. We will try our best to serve each student and their needs to the best of our ability with the resources available to us.
While it may take some scholars longer than others, at Democracy Prep we are committed to preparing all scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship and we ask that our parents partner with us in this extraordinary endeavor.
★ Attend Prep Academy in August 2018. ★ Attend school from August to June without exceptions or excuses. ★ Arrive promptly to school, Mon-Friday, five minutes before the agreed upon start time in the appropriate uniform, prepared, rested, enthusiastic and ready to learn until dismissal. ★ Attend Saturday and/or Summer Academy from 8:30AM to 1:00PM, as required. ★ Always give my best effort in every class and keep trying in everything until I succeed. ★ Do all my homework, study for all tests and never let failure stop me from moving forward. ★ Always strive to attain the DREAM Values of Democracy Prep (Discipline, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability & Maturity). ★ Always be open and honest with my teachers, family, peers and myself. ★ Always accept responsibility for my actions and learn from my mistakes. ★ Always treat my teachers, peers and myself with respect. ★ Use my gifts, talents and dedication to serve others and become an engaged citizen in my community.
As a DPPS Family, we pledge that we will:
★ Help register at least two individuals in our family or community to vote. ★ Attend family conferences and important school events. ★ Be active in our scholar’s life and help our scholar achieve their goals as they work hard, go to college and change the world!