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Why Boarding Schools?


By attending preparatory schools, the students gain strength, character, and courage. They receive high quality instruction at schools with superior facilities. The class size at the boarding schools averages 10 to 15 students compared to over 30 students in the city public high schools. WSP scholars prove they can be successful in a competitive academic environment. The scholars go on to colleges and graduate schools. They choose positive career paths and set their sights for personal success.


Since the inception of WSP, over 400 pupils have received scholarships to 80 preparatory schools around the country. WSP scholars have graduated from such schools as: Phillips Andover, Lawrenceville, Groton, Hotchkiss, Deerfield, Phillips Exeter, Proctor, St. Paul’s, St. George’s, Milton, Darrow, Westminster, Dalton, Lenox, Fieldston, Verde Valley, Taft, Tilton and Collegiate. Many have graduated from such universities as: Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Sarah Lawrence, Union, Williams, M.I.T., Columbia, Amherst, Wesleyan, Trinity, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Bucknell, Mount Holyoke, Tufts, Smith, Vassar, Lehigh and Cornell.

WSP alumni excel as doctors, lawyers, horticulturist, writers, reporters, teachers, psychologists, social workers, law enforcement officers, military officers, bankers, businessmen and other professionals.


The original group of idealistic teachers, their supporters and alumni has not altered their goal to assist interested and motivated students in obtaining quality education. WSP still seeks seventh and eighth grade students from Harlem and throughout New York City.

Each year, a selection committee interviews students. The committee looks for strong academic skills and a consistently good grade average. Above all, the WSP student must demonstrate a commitment to learning and a willingness to work diligently. The selection committee also meets with parents who are an integral part of the Program. Once selected, students attend weekly enrichment sessions in preparation for the taking the secondary schools and admissions test (SSAT). These sessions consist of instructions in mathematics, English, and test taking skills.

Key to the success of WSP is the supportive network of teachers and alumni who counsel and follow the progress of the students. They are available to work one-on-one with scholars from the time they matriculate at preparatory school until they graduate from college.