Dear Families, Staff, and Supporters of Coney Island Prep,
I’m so excited to welcome you to the ninth year of Coney Island Prep – and what a year it is! We come into this school year with a tail wind at our backs: our first high school graduates are now in dorms, lecture halls, and libraries at colleges across the country, and just-released state test data shows our scholars making some of the largest gains in Math and English across New York City and state.
These test scores are just a slice of what we’re proud of, but they are a meaningful indicator of whether our scholars are on track. Some of the highlights from this year’s results include:
- Coney Island Prep outperformed the city and state averages in both ELA and Math
- Our 8th grade scholars more than doubled the city and state averages in Math
- The longer our scholars stay with us, the better they perform. Our 8th graders grew 43% in ELA and 26% in Math proficiency since 5th grade.
This is our first year as a full, K-12 school across our three campuses; and while we’re now whole, we’re not done. This is an exciting year where we are rolling out new curricula, tweaked schedules, and updated initiatives. Our team has grown and shifted as well: we are proud to have so much of our staff return, including several who have been with us since the beginning. Our new staff come from diverse life experiences, and include veterans, lawyers, restaurant managers, college students, artists, fellow teachers, and many more.
Of course, you’re also reading this on a brand new website! We wanted to update our online presence to ensure you get your finger on the pulse of Coney Island Prep – within our walls are so many inspirational stories, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Please look around and reach out with any questions or comments.
It is an honor to lead an organization that is making a difference in so many lives. Thank you for being a part of it. Here’s to another great school year!