academics

Overview

Ebenezer Preparatory School is an institution with a proven track record. Our graduates attend the leading high schools in New York City and are accepted into highly competitive colleges. We offer our students challenging academics and opportunities to participate in a number of extracurricular activities. Your student’s success is dependent largely on his/her involvement and academic commitment. Our qualified staff is eager to assist you every step of the way. We encourage you to develop positive relationships with our exceptional teachers and excellent support staff.

Our academics are guided by principles intended to cultivate high-achieving, disciplined and well-rounded students. We believe these six principles are most important to ensure student success.

  1. Parents are the first and most important teachers. The more involved you are, the better your child’s chances of getting a good education. You can make the difference.
  2. Your teaching must not stop when schooling starts. Some parents withdraw from involvement in education once their children reach school age. This is a mistake. Teachers cannot do a good job without your aid, support, and interest.
  3. The early years build the foundation for all later learning. Make it sturdy. The first few years of life and then the first few years of school are critical. A solid education by eighth grade is a necessity or there will be trouble in high school and beyond.
  4. Learning requires discipline; discipline requires values. Too many classrooms are disrupted by disrespectful, unruly children. Too many kids have not been taught the virtues necessary to succeed in school.
  5. Television is the enemy of a good education. In many homes, TV is the greatest obstacle to learning. We urge you to shut it off from Sunday evening until Friday evening during the school year.
  6. Aim high, expect much and children will prosper. No parent, school, or child is perfect, but we all rise toward the level of expectations. The surest way to learn more is to maintain and raise high standards.

Helpful Suggestions for Parents/Guardians

  1. Please take your child to the eye and ear doctor for a complete checkup. If your child has glasses, please make sure that their prescription is up to date. If their glasses are broken, please get them repaired as soon as possible. Many students do poorly in school because of unchecked eyesight.
  2. Please remove all television sets from your child’s room, or limit their television time during the year. If there is a special program that your child would like to watch, please make arrangements to have it taped for them, so they can watch it during the weekend. In addition, please monitor all of your child’s computer and cell phone activities. We are reminded daily of the perils of children that are left to their own devices.
  3. Please remove all video games from your child’s possession and limit cell phone usage during the school semester. These games and extended time on cell phones distract your children from school work.
  4. Please delegate a reasonable bedtime for your child. Encourage them to rise early and eat a good breakfast. This increases the desire to learn and enhances academic performance.
  5. Please question your child daily about school notices and future events. Many notices are given out and they may not make it home. Please ask them about the school announcements and updates.
  6. Please don’t always take your child’s word without talking to the teacher or the principal. We are open for meetings by appointment only and would love to clear up any misunderstandings.
  7. Both parents are encouraged to take part in the education of your child. Please try to assist the teachers in enforcing these rules. Your child’s future at this school depends on it.
  8. Let us work together to make your experience here a success. “It takes a village to raise a child.” Please adhere to these guidelines, and your child will not only succeed in Ebenezer but throughout the rest of their academic journey.

Testing and Grading

In addition to our challenging academic curriculum, Ebenezer Preparatory School participates in the annual New York State Common Core Standardized Examinations and the Stanford Achievement Tests.

Students are graded based on class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and class participation. The passing grade is 65%. There are three marking periods in the academic year and students receive one report card for each quarter. Each marking period, students are acknowledged for their academic excellence by being placed on the “Honor Roll.” To qualify for this distinction, students must have a passing grade in all subjects, earning an average of 85% or better.

Students are also recognized and rewarded for their character in the form of “Student of the Month.” To qualify for this honor, students must be shining examples to their fellow students in behavior, attendance, achievement, leadership and/or service.

Class Supply Lists

Each class requires supplies for the academic term. All supplies should be ready for the first week of school. During the year, please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed. Please ensure that your child is fully prepared at all times to maximize academic and personal success. Parents can schedule a meeting with their child’s teacher should they have any questions about the supply list.

NURSERY AND PRE-K

Please remember that all items, including hats, jackets, and coats must be properly labeled. Items that are not labeled will not be accepted. Thank you for your cooperation.

For the Classroom:

  • 3 MEAD Composition books
  • 2 Pocket Folders
  • 1 Box of tissue (for each marking period)
  • 1 Apron
  • 1 Spiral Drawing Pad
  • 1 Coloring Book
  • 1 Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

For Home

  • 1 Pack Crayola crayons
  • 2 Bottles of Elmer’s Glue (white, 1 for home and 1 for school)

Clothing

  • 1 sheet or medium blanket (will be sent home each Friday to be washed and must be returned on Monday)

Girls

  • 2 Panties
  • 2 Undershirts
  • 2 Tights/2 pairs of socks
  • 1 Complete outfit
  • 1 Pack of Wipes
  • 1 Medium Sized Plastic Container for clothes

Boys

  • 2 Briefs/boxers
  • 2 Undershirts
  • 2 Pairs of socks
  • 1 Complete Outfit
  • 1 Pack of Wipes
  • 1 Medium-sized plastic container for clothes

KINDERGARTEN

**Please label all items including book bags, lunch boxes and school sweaters. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • 6 Hardcover Notebooks (No spiral)
  • 4 Bottles of Elmer’s Glue (1 for home)
  • 1 Ruler (with centimeters and inches, to be kept in school)
  • 2 Paper Towels
  • 3 Boxes of facial tissue
  • 2 Bottles of Hand sanitizer
  • 1 Eraser
  • 1 Pack of No.2 Pencils
  • 1 Coloring book
  • 1 Pack of Crayola crayons (24 pack)
  • 4 Paper folders
  • Playdough

GRADE 1

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • 1 Hymnal (available for purchase in the office)
  • 1 Bible (King James Version)
  • 9 Black & White Composition notebooks (No Binders). One notebook will be for each subject:
    • Spanish
    • Language Arts
    • Social Studies/Black History
    • Science
    • Health Studies
    • Bible Stories/Memory Verses
    • Mathematics
    • Computer
    • Homework
  • 2 Folders (One for homework and one for tests)
  • 4 Sharpened pencils
  • 2 Erasers
  • 1 Ruler (with inches and centimeters)
  • 2 Bottles of Elmer’s Glue (1 for home and 1 for school)
  • 2 Packs of Crayon pencils (1 for home and 1 for school)
  • 1 Box of facial tissue
  • 1 Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • 1 Box of baby wipes

Grade 2

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed

  • 1 Holy Bible (KJV)
  • 1 Hymnal
  • 9 Black & White Composition Notebooks (No binders or spiral notebooks)
    • Math
    • English
    • Science
    • Health Studies
    • Writing/Spelling/Vocabulary
    • Computer
    • Social Studies
    • Religious Education
    • Spanish (You may use the old notebook from 1st grade)
    • 1 Small Notebook for Homework
  • 5 Pencils
  • 1 Large erasers
  • 1 Large Glue Stick
  • 1 Bottle of Glue
  • 1 Pack of construction paper
  • 1 Pair of Scissors
  • 1 Ruler (with centimeters and inches)
  • 1 Dictionary
  • 1 Box of facial tissue
  • 1 Box of baby wipes
  • 1 Bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 Coat Hanger with name tag
  • 4 Folders (Homework, Classwork, School notices, and Test papers)

Grade 3

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • 1 Bible (KJV)
  • 1 Hymnal
  • 6 Two-pocket folders (Plastic folders are preferred.)
  • 4 Boxes of facial tissue
  • 2 Containers of baby wipes
  • 3 Containers of Lysol Disinfectant wipes
  • 4 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • 8-10 Composition Notebooks (Your Bible studies notebook from the previous school year can be used.)
  • 1 Webster Pocket Dictionary (Not from the 0.99 cent store)
  • 4 Dozen Pencils (As needed, absolutely NO mechanical pencils)
  • Erasers as needed
  • 2 Bottles Craft Glue
  • 4 Large glue sticks (2 kept at home)
  • 1 Pair of Safety Scissors
  • 1 Small Sketch Pad (no bigger than 8x10)

GRADE 4

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • Holy Bible (King James Version) and hymnal
  • 11 Marble notebooks
  • Hand sanitizer, facial tissue and Lysol Disinfectant wipes
  • 1 packet of loose leaf paper
  • 1 packet of cardstock
  • 1 Oxford dictionary
  • 3 packs of colored pencils (1 pack for home)
  • 1 flash drive for computer class
  • 1 six-inch ruler
  • 2 Glue sticks and 1 liquid glue
  • 1 pair of children’s scissors
  • 2 foam boards (20x30)
  • 4 folders
  • 1 sketch pad
  • Erasers
  • Sharpened pencils (NO mechanical pencils)
  • Sharpener
  • Post-it notes
  • Blue or black ink pens

GRADE 5

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • 1 Holy Bible and hymnal
  • 5 blue erasable ink pens (No black ink)
  • 5 sharpened pencils
  • 1 set of colored pencils
  • 2 pencil sharpeners
  • 1 set of crayons
  • 2 large glue sticks
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 geometry set
  • 12” ruler with inches and centimeters
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • 1 box of facial tissue and hand wipes
  • 1 large hand sanitizer
  • 1 coat hanger
  • 1 large pack of construction paper
  • 1 graph notebook
  • 11 Composition notebooks (NO spiral notebooks)

GRADE 6

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • 1 Holy Bible and hymnal
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • 1 homework assignment book
  • Book covers for all textbooks
  • 1 Ruler
  • Black or blue pens and pencils
  • Sharpener
  • 1 Geometry set
  • 1 calculator
  • 4 Folders (Bring $1.00 for writing portfolio folder)
  • 1 Binder
  • Loose leaf
  • 1 large pack of construction paper
  • Markers, glue and scissors (other art supplies as needed)
  • Hand sanitizer, hand wipes, and 1 box of tissue

GRADE 7

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Please replenish your child’s school supplies as needed.

  • 1 dozen (12) hard-covered composition notebooks
  • 1 Merriam-Webster dictionary
  • 1 binder
  • 2 large packs of loose leaf paper
  • 8 sharpened No.2 pencils
  • 2 large erasers
  • 1 sharpener
  • 6 black or blue pens
  • Liquid or tape white out
  • 12 inch ruler
  • 1 pack of colored pens
  • 1 pack of colored pencils or markers
  • 1 adult coloring book
  • 1 sketch pad (11” x 14”)
  • 1 geometry set
  • 1 pack of baby wipes, hand sanitizer and facial tissue

GRADE 8

Please label all of your child’s items. Students are responsible for having these supplies for the entire academic year. Replenish your child’s school supplies as needed. Please contact the school for information about the Eighth Grade curriculum and class rules.

  • 1 Holy Bible (KJV) and hymnal
  • Romeo and Juliet (Folgers’ Edition);
    • Cliff Notes or Monarch Notes (not mandatory)
  • Macbeth (Folgers’ Edition)
    • Cliff Notes or Monarch Notes (not mandatory)
  • 1 Collegiate Dictionary
  • 1 Thesaurus
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Booklet on drug abuse ($10.00 and sold at the school)
  • Loose leaf binder with subject dividers
  • 11 Composition notebooks
  • Black, blue, and red pens
    • Pencils or erasable pens for homework and classwork
    • Permanent blue/black pens for tests
  • Highlighters
  • Book covers for textbooks