Looking Ahead

RePublic Families, Friends, & Supporters —

Jon Rybka here. In December, Ravi Gupta, RePublic’s Co-Founder, stepped down from his position as CEO.

After over a decade working in public education across the country, I’m thrilled to return home to Tennessee and join the RePublic family.

I joined RePublic because there is no other network as committed to ensuring that all students — regardless of background — have access to a rigorous, college prep education.

As the new CEO of RePublic, there are many things that I am thankful for.

  • I am thankful for the leadership of Ravi Gupta, who stepped down in December to pursue other ways to support creating a more just and equitable country, and the legacy he left at RePublic.
  • I am thankful to our nearly 200 staff members who dedicate long hours, full hearts, and brilliant minds to our scholars every day.
  • I am thankful to our nearly 2,000 scholars in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS who commit and recommit every day to excellence so that they can make it to and through college.
  • I am thankful to our network of families and supporters who have entrusted their children to us and/or contributed to our mission of reimagining public education in the South.

We’re proud of the work we’ve done, and we’re fired up for what’s next.

  • Better facilities - both in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS, we will make significant improvements to Reimagine Prep, Smilow Prep, and RePublic High School so that our scholars will have school buildings that better supports their learning needs.
  • More scholars - next year, 550 new scholars will join the RePublic family.
  • Partnership with other public schools - We have launched partnerships with other public schools to share our coding curriculum to nearly 3,000 students who are NOT enrolled in a RePublic school. This year, we will significantly expand the number of schools and students who use our coding program.

Thank you for being a part of the RePublic family. Without YOUR support, we would not be where we are today. Our doors are always open to you. Come see our students debug a Scratch app, analyze a primary historical source, master the scientific method, or fall in love with reading.

Onward Together,

Jon Rybka