Award Year: 2017
Leadership Prep Ocean Hill seeks to redefine the expectations for the quality of education possible at an urban public school by providing an exemplary education to the community of Brownsville, New York. LPOH seeks to prepare all of its students to get to and through college and to become intelligent and thoughtful contributors to society.
- Black/African American: 86%
- Hispanic: 11%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 2%
- ELL: 2%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 84%
Principal Rachel King leads morning circle at Leadership Prep Ocean Hill
Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Charter School (LPOH) was founded in August 2010 in New York City community school district (CSD) 23 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, as part of Uncommon Schools New York City. LPOH's student body is 99 percent minority and 82 percent economically disadvantaged, and the majority of its scholars come from the surrounding Brownsville community, which has historically held one of the highest poverty rates in the country. LPOH is committed to serving the Brownsville community, where there are limited options for a high quality education. LPOH's mission is to prepare each of its students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college, reversing the achievement gap and redefining the expectations of what students can accomplish at an urban public school.
LPOH's scholars continually meet the high bar that is held for their achievement. In 2016-2017, Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Elementary Academy ranked in the top 2 percent of schools statewide in math and ELA out of 2,500 New York State elementary schools, which is an unprecedented accomplishment in CSD 23.
We attribute our scholars' success to the following: (1) a school culture that fosters intellectualism and passion for learning in teachers and students; (2) ensuring that every decision made is maximizing student learning; (3) engaging families actively in their children's education; and, (4) fostering a love of learning by balancing academic rigor with joy and love. These commitments instill an intellectual passion, grit, and curiosity in our scholars that transcends the bounds of the classroom and empowers scholars to be the architects of their own success as they move along the path to college and beyond.