Our Core Values

Our core values are at the hearts of our daily experiences. They guide our actions, motivate our decisions, and push us towards our mission. More than grades and test scores, living these core values is what will determine our students' ultimate success. We hold the firm belief that all our students can develop these skills and practices.


We never give up. We do whatever it takes. We find another way.


We understand and serve the needs and feelings of others. We listen first and welcome differences of opinion. We support our teammates.


We set ambitious goals. We focus on results. We make each other better.


We are eager to learn. We explore new things. We ask questions that deepen our understanding.


We embrace our mistakes because we always have room to grow. We relentlessly seek feedback. We are grateful for our opportunities and our advantages.


We choose to stay positive. We invigorate others. We go all in, all the time.

Wolfpack Voices

"Get Messi"

"Often times, we let our bad decisions define our next move...Our students’ response is 'I’m not there yet.'" - Keith Robinson, Principal and Co-Director

Our History

July 2009 – Jess Rooney joins New Leaders and begins writing the charter for People’s Prep.


August 29, 2011 – We open our doors for the first-ever day of school at People’s Prep, welcoming 95 freshmen into the Class of 2019.


August 26, 2012 – Tahirah Jordan Crawford joins the Wolfpack and officially launches the Office of College Placement, providing our students with college advising, summer opportunities, post-secondary support, and much more.


September 2013 – Our Community Programs begin with 30 interns working through Newark and across multiple industries. Learn more about our Community Programs here.


August 25, 2014 – The Class of 2022 joins the Wolfpack, marking our first year as a full high school with students in grades 9-12.


October 2014 – The Class of 2019 has its first college acceptances!


December 14, 2014 – The State of New Jersey renews People’s Prep for five additional years.


June 20, 2015 – The Class of 2019 graduates and becomes People’s Prep first cohort of alumni, which has grown to over 200 alumni today.


September 14, 2015 – The Wolfpack plays our first football game to kick off our newly added Athletic Department.


January 7, 2016 – Our Board of Directors and Friends of People’s Prep bid on student art at our inaugural Art Show.


April 4, 2017 – The Office of College Placement receives a grant to host our Young Women’s Leadership And Advocacy Program, a summer opportunity for female students to gain skills to create change in their community.