Our Approach

The success of our schools is determined by the success of our scholars.

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We are intentional about building joyful, academically rigorous classrooms. To do that we:

We are a community that is laser-focused on college and career readiness, so we also provide many experiences that make this come alive for students. Beginning in Middle School, students go on yearly trips to colleges and universities across the East Coast, and in High School our students can study abroad, take pre-college courses at universities, and intern with businesses around New York City.

Throughout our scholars’ time at Coney Island Prep , they are expected to uphold the PRIDE values.

PRIDE Values

Our PRIDE values guide our scholars and their character education throughout their time at Coney Island Prep. While there are differences in each school’s PRIDE values to be developmentally appropriate, all share common threads in exploring scholars’ identity, diversity, growth mindset, justice and action, and their own hero’s journey.

  • The letter 'P'

    Push Yourself

    • Keep Going
    • Believe In Yourself
    • Climb The Mountain To College
    • Lead By Example
  • The letter 'R'

    Reach Your Goals

    • Practice
    • Do Your Best Work
    • Ask Questions
    • Try It Again
  • The letter 'I'

    Include Others

    • Celebrate Differences
    • Be Kind
    • Share
    • Listen To Other’s Opinions
  • The letter 'D'

    Do Brave Things

    • Have The Courage To Fail
    • Say Sorry
    • Grow From Mistakes
    • Stand Up For What’s Right
  • The letter 'E'

    Every Second Counts

    • Track The Speaker
    • Keep Small Problems Small
    • Stay Focused
    • Participate Often
  • The letter 'P'

    Perseverance

    1. I embrace my mistakes and recognize them as opportunities for learning and growth.
    2. I push myself to overcome my fears and master my challenges.
  • The letter 'R'

    Respect

    1. I seek to understand and choose to embrace differences.
    2. I accept myself, my peers, and our identities, both similar and different.
    3. I follow the platinum rule: I treat others the way that they want to be treated.
  • The letter 'I'

    Intellect and Ingenuity

    1. I creatively explore what excites and inspires me.
    2. I challenge myself to be consistently curious.
    3. I pursue excellence academically and personally.
  • The letter 'D'

    Determination

    1. I explore and practice ways to motivate myself and others.
    2. I work rigorously to positively impact my community.
  • The letter 'E'

    Empathy

    1. I encourage others to express themselves freely, while I maintain a curious and open mind.
    2. I learn from my peers and from their unique experiences.
    3. I explore, manage, and express my emotions in effective and healthy ways.
CIP Middle School Student
  • The letter 'P'

    Professionalism

    Professionals hold themselves to the highest standards, inclusive of presentation, speech, and mannerisms, both individually and as part of a group of like-minded leaders committed to the same goals. We are scholars and members of the Coney Island Prep community. We are one team, valuing the diversity and individuality of others.

  • The letter 'R'

    Responsibility

    Our community is built on a foundation of respect – for ourselves and each other. We believe we actively create the community we share, taking responsibility for our own actions and recognize the power we all play in creating an equitable, inclusive, and just community.

  • The letter 'I'

    Integrity

    We know ourselves and value who we are, both as individuals and members of groups. We stay true to ourselves and our own values, even when it is challenging or we face opposition from others and when no one is looking.

  • The letter 'D'

    Drive

    Our futures are built by us. We use our strengths, passion, zest, and curiosity to push ourselves into the life we desire. Mistakes and setbacks are a part of our journey, opportunities for growth, and help us get stronger.

  • The letter 'E'

    Excellence

    We hold ourselves to an uncompromising individual standard, developing the habits and mindsets to succeed as scholars and leaders. Our choices and actions guide us toward executing excellence. We have the courage to dream of limitless possibilities for our future. We constantly push ourselves to make those dreams come true.

CIP High School Student
Coney Island Prep Elementary School
Coney Island Prep Middle School
Coney Island Prep High School
  • The letter 'P'

    Push Yourself

    • Keep Going
    • Believe In Yourself
    • Climb The Mountain To College
    • Lead By Example
  • The letter 'R'

    Reach Your Goals

    • Practice
    • Do Your Best Work
    • Ask Questions
    • Try It Again
  • The letter 'I'

    Include Others

    • Celebrate Differences
    • Be Kind
    • Share
    • Listen To Other’s Opinions
  • The letter 'D'

    Do Brave Things

    • Have The Courage To Fail
    • Say Sorry
    • Grow From Mistakes
    • Stand Up For What’s Right
  • The letter 'E'

    Every Second Counts

    • Track The Speaker
    • Keep Small Problems Small
    • Stay Focused
    • Participate Often
  • The letter 'P'

    Perseverance

    1. I embrace my mistakes and recognize them as opportunities for learning and growth.
    2. I push myself to overcome my fears and master my challenges.
  • The letter 'R'

    Respect

    1. I seek to understand and choose to embrace differences.
    2. I accept myself, my peers, and our identities, both similar and different.
    3. I follow the platinum rule: I treat others the way that they want to be treated.
  • The letter 'I'

    Intellect and Ingenuity

    1. I creatively explore what excites and inspires me.
    2. I challenge myself to be consistently curious.
    3. I pursue excellence academically and personally.
  • The letter 'D'

    Determination

    1. I explore and practice ways to motivate myself and others.
    2. I work rigorously to positively impact my community.
  • The letter 'E'

    Empathy

    1. I encourage others to express themselves freely, while I maintain a curious and open mind.
    2. I learn from my peers and from their unique experiences.
    3. I explore, manage, and express my emotions in effective and healthy ways.
  • The letter 'P'

    Professionalism

    Professionals hold themselves to the highest standards, inclusive of presentation, speech, and mannerisms, both individually and as part of a group of like-minded leaders committed to the same goals. We are scholars and members of the Coney Island Prep community. We are one team, valuing the diversity and individuality of others.

  • The letter 'R'

    Responsibility

    Our community is built on a foundation of respect – for ourselves and each other. We believe we actively create the community we share, taking responsibility for our own actions and recognize the power we all play in creating an equitable, inclusive, and just community.

  • The letter 'I'

    Integrity

    We know ourselves and value who we are, both as individuals and members of groups. We stay true to ourselves and our own values, even when it is challenging or we face opposition from others and when no one is looking.

  • The letter 'D'

    Drive

    Our futures are built by us. We use our strengths, passion, zest, and curiosity to push ourselves into the life we desire. Mistakes and setbacks are a part of our journey, opportunities for growth, and help us get stronger.

  • The letter 'E'

    Excellence

    We hold ourselves to an uncompromising individual standard, developing the habits and mindsets to succeed as scholars and leaders. Our choices and actions guide us toward executing excellence. We have the courage to dream of limitless possibilities for our future. We constantly push ourselves to make those dreams come true.

Coney Island Prep Academics

To learn more about our academic opportunities, select your child’s grade level:

Coney Island Prep Elementary

At Coney Island Prep Elementary School, we are building the foundations for your child to succeed in college and careers. These foundations are built with strong academic preparation and character development that builds habits for a lifetime.

Our scholars learn to embody the PRIDE values of Push yourself, Reach for your goals, Include others, Do brave things, and Every second counts. This is also reflected in how we run the school: our scholars receive almost 7 hours of more time in school per week than most NYC schools.

School begins each day with “Family Meeting,” where scholars and teachers get excited to learn and set the right tone for the day. Then, each day scholars received 200 minutes of literacy instruction following a “Balanced Literacy” approach. Scholars choose their own books for independent reading time, participate in small group and whole class read-clouds with their teachers, and learn to be critical readers.

Scholars also take daily math classes that teach them how to do more than just solve math problems — our math classes teach scholars to think critically and problem solve, developing foundational skills they can build upon over time. We are able to target our instruction for your child by using blended learning, which uses computers to tell teachers precisely where students need help.

Scholars round out their learning with hands-on science lessons, art, and music classes.

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Coney Island Prep Middle School

Like the elementary school, Coney Island Prep Middle School scholars follow a set of PRIDE values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence.

Scholars engage in a well-rounded curriculum, including two hours of reading and ninety minutes of math every day, as well as daily history and science classes. In eighth grade, scholars take high school-level math and science courses, and 100% of 8th graders who took the Algebra Regents exam in 2017 passed.

All Middle School scholars participate in daily enrichment courses, including art, health and fitness. They also meet weekly in small groups for advisory classes to build community, teach soft skills, and foster healthy spaces for conversation about other issues Middle School scholars are facing.

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Coney Island Prep High School

At Coney Island Prep High School, scholars are expected to graduate with college acceptances in hand — and 100% of our first graduating class did just that.

To get there, scholars dive into a rigorous curriculum rich with AP courses and College and Career Readiness classes, all in a supportive, small-school environment with sports and various after-school enrichment offerings. Coney Island Prep High School offers 11 AP courses, hosts a yearly career fair, and has a brand new science lab.

Every scholar has the opportunity to either study abroad, attend summer pre-college programs, or secure an internship by working with our College and Career Readiness team who guide them every step of the way.

Our scholars have studied at summer programs in China, France, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Ecuador, Morocco, and Spain, and received college credits at Georgetown, University of Rochester, Brown, Marist, UConn, Yale, and many other colleges and universities.

We also have a bustling set of school clubs, including the Black Student Union, Photography Club, Middle Eastern Students Association, Chess Club, and many more.

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