Coney Island Prep FAQs

What makes Coney Island Prep different from other schools?

Coney Island Prep blends rigor and joy, setting the highest expectations for scholars, teachers, and families. Our curriculum, developed by our talented teaching staff, represents the most innovative and effective practices currently used in the field of education. Coney Island Prep’s longer school day and year mean more time in the classroom and more opportunities to succeed. Teachers are available after school, on weekends, and over the summer by cell phone and e-mail.

Our financial autonomy allows us to hire the best teachers, adopt educational tools and technologies that promote achievement, and offer more for students at no cost to their families. For example, scholars go on regular college visits and end-of-the-year enrichment trips to cities like Boston, Montreal, and Washington, DC.

Coney Island Prep is not just a school with students and teachers, it is a unique and welcoming community that engages families in everything we do. From the time that scholars enter Coney Island Prep as kindergarteners through their graduation from high school, we partner with families to develop a shared voice that promotes success for every scholar.

Is my child eligible to enroll?

Coney Island Prep has no admission requirements – any child who is grade-level eligible and who lives in New York City can apply to enter Coney Island Prep’s randomized public lottery. Students from Community School District (CSD) 21 are given preference in the lottery. The application to enter the public lottery typically opens in December with a late-March or early-April deadline. For more information or to find the application, please visit our enrollment page.

Is there a cost to attend Coney Island Prep?

No. Like all public charters schools, Coney Island Prep is entirely tuition-free. Families are expected to purchase uniforms, sneakers, and a backpack for their scholar(s).

Is transportation provided?

Coney Island Prep offers yellow bus service for elementary school students (grades K-4). For middle and high school students (grades 5-12), we do not offer a yellow bus service. For older students, we do, however, manage a MetroCard distribution, which offers students half-priced or free subway and bus rides depending upon how far a student lives from the school, as determined by the NYC Department of Education.

Are breakfast and lunch served?

Yes. We offer a healthy breakfast and lunch every day. Snack is also served for elementary and middle school students. All meals are provided by Red Rabbit, which offers locally sourced, nutritional meals. A sample menu can be found here.

Do scholars wear uniforms?

Yes. All scholars are required to wear uniforms every day, unless otherwise noted. We wear uniforms because everyone in our school is on the same team. The last thing we want is for a scholar to be distracted by clothing instead of focused on learning. Uniforms vary slightly by school, but typically include khaki or navy blue pants and a brown or black belt, and a Coney Island Prep polo, sweater, long-sleeved shirt, or button down shirt. Scholars can also wear sneakers of their choosing. Families must purchase uniforms before the start of the school year; information on ordering is given to families during New Family Orientations, held in June, and in the Student and Family Handbook.

Is Coney Island Prep religiously affiliated?

No. Coney Island Prep is a public school. Coney Island Prep High School is located in the site of a former Catholic school. While the building’s exterior still displays architectural features that are religious in nature, our schools are not religiously affiliated in any way.