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Why Troy Prep?

Why should you enroll your child at Troy Prep?

We compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why families choose Troy Prep for their child's education. Click below to jump to the section that matters most to you!

Results: Troy Prep schools are some of the best in the Capital Region!
A safe, positive learning environment
The joy factor
Great, caring teachers
A proven educational model
Partnership with families
Our college-prep mission
Full K-12 program
Welcoming to all students
School pride

Results: Troy Prep schools are some of the best in the Captial Region!

Results are at the top of our list because we are always at the top of results lists. Is your child’s school effective at teaching your child? There are many different philosophies about what makes a great school but all measures can be boiled down to that one question. Our results speak for themselves. Our schools are a place where students, most of whom are city residents, achieve similarly to wealthier suburban schools. Consistently, year after year, our students are achieving at incredible levels.

For a more detailed look at Troy Prep’s 2017 results, click here.

A safe, positive learning environment

We believe our scholars develop strong character in a supportive environment. Consistent routines allow students to be confident in what to expect each day. Scholars wear uniforms and act with respect for others while at school and when traveling on the school bus. Teachers manage the classroom by using a positive behavior system to reward productive work habits and encourage good behavior. Clear, carefully planned procedures ensure that students feel safe and secure. All of these elements result in a calm school atmosphere that helps students to focus on learning.

The joy factor

We believe that learning should be fun. Affectionately known as the J-Factor at Uncommon Schools, joy is a core part of our philosophy and is built into everything we do. This could mean shooting some hoops with friends, learning how to play an instrument, or doing your best dinosaur impersonation. But the J-Factor is more than this. Even a simple English Language Arts lesson is brightened when a student makes an insightful comment in class and her classmates show her “props,” which are signature cheers to celebrate classmates’ successes. Outside of traditional class time, your child may learn to play the violin at Troy Prep Elementary School, make scientific discoviers at our RPI-partnered STEM club at Troy Prep Middle School, or participate in a teachers vs. students cheer-off at Troy Prep High School. We make sure our students and families love being part of our community. The below collage shows just a glimpse into the joyous moments going on throughout the day at a Troy Prep.

Great, caring teachers

You can’t have great schools without great teachers. Troy Prep specifically recruits teachers who are passionate about the mission and a good fit for our schools. You’ll find that they are some of the hardest working teachers around. They constantly collect data about how each student is learning and then adapt instructional strategies to meet individual needs. Teachers will stop at nothing to ensure students’ success.

Troy Prep teachers do what they do because they genuinely love and care about the kids in their classrooms.

A proven educational model

In its 10th year in Troy, Troy Prep has proven that its curriculum and teaching methods consistently deliver exceptional results year after year. As part of the Uncommon Schools network, Troy Prep takes a page from the education leaders that literally wrote the book on teaching. (No kidding; the authors of Teach Like A Champion, one of the most respected books on teaching, work at Uncommon Schools.) A recent study at Stanford showed that students at Uncommon Schools made the greatest academic gains of any charter network of our size in the country. So when you enroll your child at a Troy Prep school, you can be sure that our educational model is tried and true.

The elementary and middle school curriculum focuses on establishing a strong foundation in reading and math and also includes science, history, art, music, and gym.

Because one of the best predictors of long term academic success is whether a student can read at grade level by the end of third grade, there is a heavy emphasis on honing reading skills during a three hour literacy block at Troy Prep elementary schools. If students do not learn to read well in their first years of elementary school, they often struggle in later years since reading is a fundamental skill that is required for success in other subjects.

We challenge all of our students to excel in math, too. In fact, 94% of all Troy Prep students leave middle school having already passed the high school Algebra I Regents exam. This sets them up for Advanced Placement math and science courses in high school where students have the opportunity to earn college credits.

We are proud of our emphasis on literacy and math skills, but we also prioritize a well-rounded curriculum so that your child can explore their curiosity in the science lab or express themselves through art, music, sports, etc. We know that being ready for college requires a balanced K-12 education.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Uncommon model, seen through the eyes of Uncommon Schools students across all of our regions.

Partnership with families

Troy Prep believes that strong partnerships with families are essential for scholars’ success. We make a concerted effort to get to know families and ensure that they feel welcome in our schools. Families can expect constant communication from teachers and academic advisors about students’ progress, learning, and behavior. In addition to regular phone calls home, there is also an online portal where parents can check student’s grades at any time. We want your child to see that you and the school are unified in wanting them to be the best student they can be!

Please watch this video to hear directly from elementary and middle school parents about their experience with Troy Prep.

Our college-prep mission

At Rochester Prep, we think it is never too early to inspire our students to dream big. Every day, students are invited to feel the joy of learning, do the hard work necessary to meet high academic expectations, and take one more step toward a bright and exciting future.

From the very first day of Kindergarten, we help put your child on the path to college. All Troy Prep homerooms are named after a university, college pennants adorn school hallways, and students take field trips to college campuses. From the elementary scholars who sing songs about attending universities when they grow up to the high school students who will enroll in a robust slate of Advanced Placement courses, a “college bound” mindset is reinforced at all Troy Prep schools.

Time flies, and before you know it students will be in high school. When they get there, Troy Prep has college counselor to help upperclassmen navigate each step of the college application process and to serve as a support for Troy Prep graduates after they get into college. All Uncommon Schools high school students apply to four year colleges, and at the end of the year there is a big Signing Day celebration where seniors reveal which university they will attend.

We invite you to dream big with your child. When on the path to college, any future is within their grasp.

Full K-12 program

Troy Prep opened Troy Prep High School in the fall of 2017. Currently, Troy Prep High School only serves 9th grade, however the school will add a grade level each year. We are excited to soon offer a full K-12 charter school. The benefit of a full K-12 charter school is that once you choose Troy Prep, your child can stick with us until they walk across the stage at high school graduation. Parents won’t have to go through the process of choosing another school for their child every few years, and students don’t have to worry about being separated from their friends. The next school decision you will have to make is which college to attend!

Welcoming to all students

Troy Prep welcomes all students, regardless of ability, Special Education needs, or English Language Learner status. Troy Prep has continued to expand its special education services, and there is a dedicated special education coordinator in every building to ensure that children on Individualized Education Plans are getting the extra support that they needStudents interact with a diverse Troy Prep staff that is deeply committed to culturally responsive teaching. This is reflected in everything we do, from the texts that students read and the songs that students sing in music class to enrichment activities and school celebrations. Troy Prep is a place where students can feel proud to be exactly who they are.

School pride

Walk through the hallways at Troy Prep Elementary on a Friday morning, and you may see a scholar high-fiving the school mascot (Tenacious the Tiger) or hear students singing, “On the banks of the mighty Hudson/Troy Prep stands determined/ Fill our minds with strength and knowledge/Fill our hearts with a love to learn.

!” \. Each homeroom has its own class cheer, and you can hear them compete enthusiastically during weekly assemblies to see which homeroom is the loudest.

At Troy Prep in November you will find scholars and their families coming together for a three-school Thanksgiving Holiday potluck feast! In February at Troy Prep Middle School you will see upper class students honing their public speaking skills in their Black History Month Presentations to the younger scholars. Troy Prep Middle school students revel in their math growth on Pi day in March with a pie themed whole school celebration. During state testing in the spring our High School scholars cheer on their Middle School peers in a cross-school spirit pep rally.

At Troy Prep High School in scholars compete for best school cheer with their advisories. In March, high school scholars vie to show what they know and share their passions through academic trivia, poetry slams, and dance competitions during March Madness. In May, high school students speak to the rising freshman class and their families about why they chose Troy Prep and how Troy Prep is supporting them on their journey to become tomorrow’s leaders.

No matter which Troy Prep school you are in, you will find our students bursting with school spirit!

So who's ready to join Troy Prep? Click here to learn more about the application process.