Our Mission & History Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. Founded in 2005 and opening our first school in 2006, Democracy Prep set out to prove what is possible for public education in America. Our flagship school, Democracy Prep Charter Middle School, first opened its doors in August 2006. By 2009, DPCS became the highest performing school in Central Harlem and was ranked the number one public middle school in New York City. Democracy Prep Public Schools currently operates 21 high-performing schools and one program in New York, New Jersey, Baton Rouge, Las Vegas, and San Antonio educating 6,500 citizen-scholars. The incredible growth of the scholars is possible through the tireless and dedicated work of the educators who make up our DREAM Team. By proving that students, regardless of what ZIP code they are born into, can perform at high academic levels, we seek to transform not only the lives of the students at Democracy Prep but also the expectation of what public schools can achieve.