York Prep Expands Scholars Program, Celebrates Senior Students

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Rigorous academic program at Manhattan-based college preparatory school extends offerings to younger students

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“The Scholars Program is one of the many resources available to students at York Prep, which can give students a competitive edge when applying to college,” said Jayme Stewart, York Prep’s Director of College Guidance and co-founder of the school.

York Prep, a co-educational New York City private school in the Upper West Side, is celebrating six seniors who are in the final stretch of completing the rigorous three-year York Prep Scholars Program. The program, which was recently extended to include offerings for students in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades, is highly selective. Only 10 to 15 percent of students invited to join, amounting to fewer than eight students per graduating class who will graduate with honors.

The goal of the Scholars Program is to deepen students’ understanding of their curriculum while also introducing subjects they may not be exposed to in a traditional classroom setting, such as Renaissance art, microbiology and Mandarin calligraphy. Students meet once a week, in seminars, to discuss these topics and, in their senior year, they complete and present an impressive capstone project on a topic of their choice.

“The students in this program put many hours and much attention into their projects,” said Paul Sturm, Director of the Scholars Program. “They research, develop and craft them into meaningful and impressive presentations. This focused creativity benefits both them and their fellow students. We are very proud of them and know this experience will serve them well when they get to college.”

The York Prep mission is heavily rooted in college preparation that plays to individual students’ strengths. 100 percent of York students go off to college and the majority of students are accepted into their top choice schools.

“While these students are exploring their personal interests, they are also learning time management, research and presentation skills—activities that are so important in college,” said Mr. Sturm. “This program really speaks to our mission to make sure that every student who graduates from York is equipped with the foundation they need for success.”

Student projects from the 2014 graduating class included the Effects of Bottled Water on the Environment and Public Health, Using Photography to Explore Light’s Effect on the Psyche and the Distinction between Recreational and Elite Athletes from the Point of View of Sports Psychology. Past scholars have been accepted into some of the nation’s most distinguished universities including, but certainly not limited to, Harvard, Brown, Stanford and Cornell.

“The Scholars Program is one of the many resources available to students at York Prep, which can give students a competitive edge when applying to college,” said Jayme Stewart, York Prep’s Director of College Guidance, and co-founder of the school. “We work honestly and openly with students to nurture their strengths and help them identify which schools are the best match for their personalities, academic interests and career aspirations.”

York Prep’s new Junior Scholars is available to students who have exhibited academic excellence in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Course examples for the Junior Scholar program include robotics, exploring crystals, Italian and exploring contemporary and traditional poetry. A new Pre-Scholars program is available for students in the ninth grade as well. The extended program is designed to enrich young students’ academic experiences and to help them flex their analytical and creative thinking skills in preparation for a successful academic career at York Prep and in college.

Please visit http://www.yorkprep.org for more information about York Prep and its programs. Register to attend an Open House by calling (212) 362-0400 or emailing jcurrent(at)yorkprep(dot)org.

About York Prep
York Prep is a New York City prep school providing middle school and high school students with a rigorous college prep curriculum. The school provides instruction to 250 students, grades 6 through 12. 100 percent of students pursue higher education.

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