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West Prep Academy

Grades: 6-8
150 West 105th Street
Manhattan NY 10025
Phone: 212-280-8502

Our Insights

What’s Special

Filmmaking and a marching band

The Downside

Low attendance

West Prep Academy is one of the few middle schools on the Upper West Side that is unscreened, meaning it does not admit kids based on test scores, attendance or interviews. Perks here include a free after-school program, a marching band and an after-school film program.

Most children are behind in reading and math when they arrive, and more than one-third have special needs, but, according to an article in Chalkbeat, teachers do a good job helping them progress. The article goes on to say that the rate of student improvement on state math and reading tests at West Prep is about double that of schools with a similar population of students.

Teachers adjust lessons to meet the needs of faster and slower learners, the article shows. In an 8th-grade social studies class, some students were strong test takers performing on grade level. Others were from small special education classes. During a lesson about the Little Rock Nine, who integrated an Arkansas high school in 1957, the teacher gave some students a checklist of instructions and let others tackle the assignment independently.

Despite its tiny size, West Prep has a wide variety of extras. Children take part in electives once a week, on topics such as sign language, journalism, yearbook and art portfolio preparation. The work is celebrated in arts showcases twice a year. An after-school program operates five days a week until 5:30 p.m., and includes sports, arts, homework help and academic support.

A summer “bridge” program gives incoming 6th-graders the chance to make friends, meet their teachers and work on a media project.

Children are called “scholars” at West Prep, and they are required to wear purple and gray uniforms. Scholars who keep their grades up are invited to go rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding, among other activities.

Attendance could be stronger; more than one-fourth of the students miss 18 or more days of school, which may result in gaps in understanding as they miss lessons.

Founded in 2009 in shared space at MS 44, West Prep moved to its current quarters in 2011. It shares a building with PS 145. Former assistant principal Carland Washington became principal in 2014.

ADMISSIONS: Children in District 3 get preference, although there may be room for those who live out-of-district. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 2018)    

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
0% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line to 96th St; 1 Line, B Line, C Line to 103rd St
Buses: M10, M104, M106, M11, M116, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS, M7, M96


Carland Washington
Parent Coordinator
Carmen Reyes

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 145
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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