UMaRCQualifications

All candidates wishing to apply to UMaRC must have the following qualifications:

  • Current college sophomores and juniors preferred; college freshmen or seniors, and recent college graduates may apply
  • Pursuing a BA or BS in a STEM field required
  • Strong academic record in STEM coursework.
  • Interest in urban education and social justice
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Official school transcript
  • Firm commitment to and belief in People’s Prep’s mission
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in communicating with diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask effectively and prioritize strategically
  • Openness to feedback and willingness to take personal responsibility
  • Team orientation
  • Flexibility under pressure
  • Comfort with ambiguity

Responsibilities
As a member of UMaRC, Corps members will work in academic rotations. Corps members will spend four weeks weeks working in each rotation. Descriptions of rotations are listed below. Upon completion of all four rotations, Corps members will be required to teach a lesson in a math class with teacher supervision.

  • Harbor: Launched in 2015, the Harbor is a school-based, small classroom setting for students who need a more restrictive environment to learn how to stabilize and regulate behavior, and employ coping mechanisms in order to succeed academically and socially. Throughout the day, students work in small groups or individually with teachers and counselors. All students in the Harbor receive instruction in each core content area, including all courses in the math and science departments.
  • Classrooms: Corps members may support specific math or science teachers throughout the day or may work with individual or small groups of students in both their math and science classes. In either case, Corps members will gain an intimate working knowledge of the courses’ learning objectives, teachers’ pedagogical decisions, and students’ remedial or enrichment needs in math and science classes. Council Tutoring: This year, upperclassmen have ACT and SAT prep in their Councils, which is People’s Prep’s single-sex, daily, advisory program. In Council, students will work on a self-paced program under the supervision and guidance of their advisors three days a week. Two advising periods a week will be set aside for direct instruction. Whether during self-guided or direct test prep instruction, Corps members will play a pivotal role in preparing students for these critical college entrance exams.
  • Calc Kids: This year, we’ve partnered with Bard: Early College to provide People’s Prep students with the opportunity to take college-level math courses. This arrangement, opened to select People’s Prep students, is designed to keep our students who have taken and passed all the levels of math offered at our school with an opportunity to remain competitive as college applicants.

Our SchoolEssay Questions: Please select one of the following essay questions and write a typed 500 word response.

  1. Why do you want to be a part of UMaRC at People’s Prep and how does People’s and UMaRC’s mission align with your personal mission/views on education?
  2. Why is quality STEM education especially important in an urban context and describe how you see yourself bringing the two together.
  3. What do you hope to achieve by becoming an UMaRC Corps member?