Fresh Prep is an innovative student-centered curriculum that uses Hip-Hop music to help students review the key content and skills tested on the New York State Regents Exams. Harnessing the appeal and mnemonic power of music and youth culture, Fresh Prep’s standards-aligned instruction helps teens build the confidence, critical-thinking, and writing skills they need to succeed on the Regents.
Urban Arts Partnership piloted Fresh Prep in the summer of 2009. 29 students from New Design High School, who had failed their Global Regents exam as many as five times, tested a new approach to preparing for the exam. After twelve days of Fresh Prep, these 29 students took the exam again, with spectacular results: 79% of them passed, including 100% of students designated as special needs. One of the students, who consequently dropped out of school, participated in Fresh Prep and passed the exam, earning his high school diploma. The same day that he found out this news, he enrolled in college. Because of its success, Fresh Prep has been featured on NBC’s Cause Celeb, The CBS Early Morning Show, and in the NY Times.
Since the program’s inception in 2009, Fresh Prep has served more than a thousand students, helping them prepare for, and pass, their Regents exams through an innovative, arts-based, fresh approach to learning.
Fresh Prep was originally developed for Urban Arts Partnership by Samuel Sellers (aka Rabbi Darkside) and Tracee Worley.