Tameka Royal, Elementary School Principal
Democracy Prep Public Schools
Katie Duffy, Chief Executive Officer
Harlem Day Charter School opens, later becoming Harlem Prep Charter School in 2011.
Harlem Day Charter School opens as Harlem Prep Charter School. The SUNY Charter Schools Institute approved Democracy Prep to turn around Harlem Day Charter School, a failing elementary school in East Harlem. The immediate effects were staggering. In their first year, Harlem Prep’s scholars achieved the highest proficiency growth scores in English Language Arts (ELA) in New York State and the highest combined proficiency growth scores in ELA and Math in New York City.
To attain these dramatic results, Harlem Prep’s DREAM team worked tirelessly to deliver Democracy Prep’s rigorous and structured model to the same students in the same building, turning the school into a high-performing elementary school where students are prepared for success in both college and citizenship. Although much ground remains to be covered, the turnaround has unequivocally proven that it was not the kids, but rather the adults in the building, that led to persistently low academic achievement.