School Programs FAQ

What grades do you teach?

Prepare offers age appropriate programming for Grades 2 – 12, customized and geared to the social and emotional development of students at every stage of their life. The curriculum changes as the context of students’ lives change.

What grades do you recommend?

We recommend that a school incorporate the Prepare curriculum in at least one grade per lower, middle, and upper school division; for example, Grades 3, 6, and 10.

How do we fit this into our packed schedule?

We are very flexible. Schools offer our programs as part of:

  • Heath and Wellness
  • Physical Education
  • Life Skills
  • a special event or trip day
  • in coordination with academic subjects
  • while other grades are testing
  • half days and whole days
  • double and single periods
  • after school programming
  • senior week
  • “mini-mesters”

Do you offer assemblies/short term programs?

Although it is tempting to offer an assembly or a short-term workshop, those programs have proven to be unsuccessful – so we won’t teach them. Like learning any other skill, learning self-defense and personal safety is a process. Repetition and reinforcement are critical for integrating information.

How long is your curriculum?

  • 2nd – 5th grade: 6 – 9 hours
  • 6th – 8th grade: 9 – 12 hours
  • 9th – 12th grade: 12 – 16 hours

Can a division break up the program across more than one grade?

Yes, this often alleviates logistical problems for scheduling and has the benefit of providing additional reinforcement across grades in a division. For example, Prepare can teach 6 hours in the spring term for Grade 6 and then 6 hours in the fall term for Grade 7.

What about faculty and parents?

Prepare provides complimentary faculty introductory programs and parent meetings for each division that offers our classes.

How can parents, caregivers, and educators improve the safety of young people?

Improving the safety of young people includes involving the entire community. Schools maximize the benefit of Prepare school-based programs if parents, caregivers, and faculty are also provided with educational and professional development opportunities. This community-wide approach ensures that there is a shared common language to discuss challenging situations. Moreover, it multiplies a collective of adult role models who can model positive, effective behavior. These adults can reinforce lessons learned, and listen to and support the young people in their lives.

We offer several trainings for all of the adults in a school community.

    • The Parent, Caregiver, and Educator Workshop (3 – 4 hours)
    • Introduction to Personal Safety (3 hours)
    • Prepare Comprehensive IMPACT Basics (12-16 hours)

How do we get started?

Please give us a call at 212-255-0505, or send an email to [email protected] with your contact information. We’d love to learn more about your school and your goals so we can create a proposal that meets your needs.