Author Archive

Ms. Addona, English Teacher, Council Coach, and Teacher Leader

Describe your path to working at People’s Prep.  I majored in English and Theater Arts at Rutgers and got my master’s as a teacher of English from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. It was there that I really fell in love with teaching from all my professors who had been working with students and…Read More

Newsletter Regarding COVID-19 – March 18, 2020

Dear People’s Prep Families, Since our last update, we have reached a point of unprecedented disruption to our business as usual. This week, Governor Murphy issued an Executive Order mandating the statewide closure of all public schools in the state. New Jersey has also announced a statewide curfew and movement restrictions to encourage social distancing. With such sweeping changes…Read More

Another Update Regarding Our Response to COVID-19

Dear People’s Prep Families, We hope that this update finds you and your loved ones in good health. In order to do our part to protect our school community as well as our local, state, and national community, People’s Prep is joining dozens of districts in making the decision to postpone school. People’s Prep will…Read More

Update Regarding COVID-19 from People’s Prep

The health and well-being of our students and staff is front of mind for People’s Prep’s Board, Administrative and Operations Teams.Read More

Update Regarding COVID-19

The health and well-being of our students and staff is front of mind for People’s Prep’s Board, Administrative and Operations Teams. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to the general US public remains low, we are being proactive in our measures to ensure that students, staff, and visitors to our building are in a healthy and safe environment.Read More

Ms. Lapaix, English Teacher and Council Coach

Describe your path to working at People’s Prep.  I was not looking for another position although I wasn’t fully satisfied in my previous district. I just had a child and I needed a summer job, so I came to People’s Prep to work summer school. Before the summer was over I was offered a position…Read More

Mr. Messina, English Teacher and Council Coach

Describe your educational background (high school onward). I went to St. Peter’s, which is a Jesuit High School based out of Jersey City. I went to Catholic or private schools for my entire life, so it was not exactly a diverse background. From there, I went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick where I graduated…Read More

People’s Prep Renewed!

With great pride, gratitude, and joy, we write to share the news that People’s Prep has been fully renewed by the NJ Commissioner of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education! This marks our second full renewal and puts us on a path towards becoming a community high school that not only changes lives…Read More

Ms. Wilson, Teaching Assistant and Council Coach

As a Newark resident, what unique challenges do you feel our students face? I believe our students face what a lot of people may consider “harsh realities.” That could look like being in a single-parent home or being the parent in the home needing to support [their family]. Unfortunately, a lot of our students are…Read More

Announcing New Strategic Partnerships with Key Newark Institutions

People’s Prep, Newark’s only independent public charter high school, announced today that a series of the city’s key anchor institutions, including the Abbott Leadership Institute, Minuteman Press, the New Community Corporation, and others, have joined the school’s unique internship program. Since the school’s inception in 2011, the initiative has provided its students with valuable off-campus…Read More