About

Focused on our student’s journey of self-discovery

Focused on our student’s journey of self-discovery
Essence Preparatory Public School: Focused on our student’s journey of self-discovery
Essence Preparatory Public School: Focused on our student’s journey of self-discovery
Essence Preparatory Public School

Our Mission

Developing leading agents of change

Essence Preparatory Public School, through rigorous academics, intentional character development, and cultivating student knowledge of self, prepares all kindergarten through eighth grade students for high school, college, and beyond as leading agents of change in their communities.

Our students are visionaries who solve tough problems, work hard & create the future

Akeem BrownSuperintendent
Essence Preparatory Public School: Development

Approach & Core Beliefs

We use these definitions of our RISE values to underpin our vision for culture:

Responsibility.

We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of performance in pursuit of success. We know that we must always hold the bar of expectations as high as possible and become comfortable struggling towards achieving our goals because we know that we “grow our brains” best when we are challenged.

Intellectual Investment.

We cultivate a culture of intellectual inquiry, personal growth, and achievement, by celebrating scholarship and learning. Our students exemplify this value every day in our classrooms – they push themselves to engage deeply in work worthy of their attention. Our staff exemplifies this value through a commitment to continuous improvement – we are never satisfied resting on our laurels and work hard to learn and get better every day. At Essence Prep, there is no distinction made between the “nerds and the jocks” or the “cool kids and the smart kids.” Here, it is cool to be smart, and we invest intellectually in rigorous work because learning is exciting and rewarding.

Service.

We do whatever it takes in service of our mission. For our scholars, this means becoming true change agents in their community by embracing a spirit of selfless service. We see service as inherent to both scholarship and citizenship, and we commit to helping our community, both in school and out of school. For Essence staff, our scholars are at the heart of everything we do, and we consider our work an act of service to our scholars, their families, our community, and ourselves. We do not engage in service for personal gain or external accolades; rather, we do so because serving others is the right thing to do.

Excellence.

We aim for high-quality and exemplary attention to detail in everything we do. From students’ schoolwork to school culture and behavior to staff lesson planning and beyond, we hold extremely high expectations of everyone at Essence Prep, including English learners, students with disabilities and students at risk of academic failure. We see every task as an opportunity to demonstrate excellence, and we celebrate our own successes and those of others when we achieve lofty goals.