Coney Island is so much more than rollercoasters and beaches. We’re a diverse community, every bit the New York City story of striving and wonder.


Our Story

Founded in 2009 in the Carey Gardens Community Center just a block from the boardwalk, Coney Island Prep is a school of firsts. The first charter school in south Brooklyn, we were also the first to be run out of a public housing development.

Eight years later, those original 5th graders graduated from high school with a 100% college acceptance rate, dramatically outperforming the neighborhood averages.

We are driven by our mission to prepare every scholar to succeed in the college and career of his or her choice.

This means we set extraordinarily high expectations for our scholars and staff. We have longer hours and more days in session than the district’s schools, and preparation for college starts early. Beginning in middle school, there are yearly college trips, and our high school scholars are able to study abroad, attend pre-college programs across the country, and get connected to the latest summer learning opportunities in NYC.

Now residing in three buildings across South Brooklyn, we serve over 1,000 students in grades K-12.

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The Network

Coney Island Prep is a proud member of The Network, a select group of the highest performing Building Excellent Schools (BES) schools. The Network challenges and supports high-capacity leaders to examine and improve the quality growth of their organizations.

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Alliance For Coney Island

Coney Island Prep is a member organization of the Alliance for Coney Island, a sustainable civic body formed in 2012 and dedicated to continuing the transformation of Coney Island into a year-round, world-class recreational destination by the sea. To carry out this mission, the Alliance assumes management and maintenance tasks, plans new initiatives, partners with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and advocates for resources and policies that support the ongoing revitalization of “the People’s Playground.”