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Prep is a special place, a school with its own traditions and its own way of doing things.  As you orient yourself to Prep and as you go through your Prep day, the website can provide you with information, details that are vital to your life here. 

Doing well at Prep, succeeding academically and socially here are up to you.  We are committed to supporting you fully.  When you are happy; when you are academically interested and involved; when you are doing your best work—that’s when we know we’re succeeding.  While there’s no substitute for lived experience, we hope that this document will help you begin to understand how to be a successful student at Prep.


Our Mission

It is the mission of the Humanities Preparatory Academy to provide a philosophical and practical education for all students, an education that features creativity and inquiry, encourages habitual reading and productivity, as well as self-reflection and original thought.  We agree with Socrates that the “unexamined life is not worth living,” and it is our desire to prepare students to live thoughtful and meaningful lives.  We are committed to inspiring the love of learning in our students.  This mission can best be accomplished in a school that is a democratic community.  As a democratic community, we strive to exemplify the values of democracy: mutual respect, cooperation, empathy, the love of humankind, justice for all, and service to the world.

Humanities Prep, a small progressive school in the Bayard Rustin Educational Campus in Chelsea, provides an academically challenging and welcoming alternative to traditional high schools.
— Inside Schools Review