New Family Info

We are so excited to officially welcome you to our expanding Democracy Prep family! We are thrilled that you decided that Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School (DPHM) was the school for your scholar and your family. Here are the most frequently asked questions and answers to help you along the way. 

I have a question about my SchoolMint registration?
Visit our SchoolMint page for answers to frequently asked questions. 

Where can I download the slides from your Registration Meeting?
You can download them by clicking here

What are the most important dates to circle on my calendar?

  • July 1 – Summer Work Packets Available to Enrolled Scholars
  • August 22 – New Parent Orientation
  • August 31 – September 4 Prep Academy (7:15-1:00)
    • Summer Work Packets Due
    • Uniform: Plain white crewneck t-shirt, grey pants, black belt, black shoes
  • September 8 – First Day of School

Where can I view your  Scholar & Family Handbook?
We have the current school year handbook in 3 languages. Once the handbook for the next school year is approved we will update the links
2019-2020 Scholar & Family Handbook – English

 2019-2020 Scholar & Family Handbook – Spanish

2019-2020 Scholar & Family Handbook – French

What is your uniform policy?
Click here to view our uniform policy from our Scholar & Family Handbook. 

Where can I purchase the uniform?
The uniform can be purchased online by clicking here. IDEAL Uniform Store will have a Harlem pop up store this summer.  We will update with information as it’s made available. 

What Electives do scholars take?
Each scholar takes Music, Theater and Gym. Every trimester each grade has a different elective. In the fall, the schedule will be as following:
6th Grade – Music
7th Grade – Theater
8th Grade – Gym
Since 8th grade has gym the first trimester, parents should plan to purchase the gym uniform. Parents of other grades usually wait till the trimester the their student has gym to purchase the uniform so that their student does not outgrow it.

What extracurricular activities do you provide?
The extracurricular activities can be found here

Are there any field trips during the school year?
At DPHM we use Accelerated Reader to measure student word count and to track the books they read.  Students who meet certain word count goals get to go on trips.  This school year students who read 440k words got to go to Barnes & Noble to purchase their own books with a gift card provided by the school and had lunch at Shake Shack.  Students who read 960k words got to go to Dave & Busters for lunch and games.  Finally those who met the 1.2 million word goal got to go on a Spirit Cruise.

I heard about end of the year trips?
We at DPHM believe that in order for students to change world they have to see the world. At the middle school level students get to go to Washington DC, Boston, and Canada. 50 scholars per grade are chosen based on their academic and behavioral data. For many of our student this is their first time away from their families and one of the most rewarding experiences of their life at the time. Once students move on to high school, they get to go on international trips to Rome, Ecuador, South Korea and Africa!

What do I do if I have any other questions or suggestions?
Please email us at