We’re excited to push and support all DPHHS scholars to succeed in four-year colleges/universities of their choice!

9th Grade Life Skills

In this course, we consider the various ways that you can begin preparing for college in the 9th grade. The main hurdle for incoming freshmen is adjusting to the high school and adapting the necessary skills to find success. By the end of the course, scholars will have developed executive function skills, set goals for high school/life success, professionalism, and set a core foundation for the college application process. High school is the beginning preparation to enter the adult world. Life Skills will provide your scholar the essential tools they need.

11th Grade College Readiness

The purpose of this course is to prepare you for success in the college of your choice during your 11thGrade year at Democracy Prep Harlem High School. To that end, this course will focus on finding a match between you and a college. You will engage in careful self-analysis to approach, thoughtfully and seriously, the process of selecting schools to apply to. Additionally, this course will cover an in-depth analysis of the college application process. Your engagement and willingness to accept responsibility for this process—to really participate by doing the hard work of applying to colleges—will demonstrate your readiness for college

ACT Prep

The purpose of this course is to prepare you for success in the college of your choice through the standardized test preparation during your 11th Grade year. To that end, one of the factors in your application process will be standardized test scores. This course addresses improving your standardized test scores for more compelling applications. Scores will be improved through your own hard work and ownership of this process. The more you practice outside of the classroom and own your own process, the higher your scores will be.


This year, Democracy Prep Harlem High School has partnered with A-List, an innovative educational service dedicated to helping students from all backgrounds achieve their academic goals and successfully prepare for educational futures.This course will meet during Monday – Thursday school days. During one of these four class periods each week, students will meet in assigned small groups for targeted tutoring sessions. DPHHS invested in these tutors through A-List to maximize your test score potential.

College/Universities Visited 2015 – 2016

  • Bentley University
  • Boston University
  • Swarthmore
  • Boston College
  • Villanova University
  • Northeastern
  • Franklin and Marshall
  • Amherst College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Bates
  • Dartmouth
  • Queens University
  • Charlotte
  • Barnard
  • Columbia
  • Cooper Union
  • New York University
  • Syracuse Trinity

Alumni Relations at Democracy Prep

The mission of Democracy Prep Public Schools (DPPS) is to educate responsible citizen scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Nearly 90% of all DPPS high school graduates currently attend four-year colleges. 40% of them are at top-tier schools.