Smilow Prep is a free, open-enrollment public charter school serving scholars in grades five through eight. As a part of the RePublic Schools network, Smilow Prep is dedicated to reimagining public education in the South. We focus heavily on building strong foundational skills in math, reading, and computer science that will set our scholars up for future academic success. Additionally, based upon state testing data, Smilow Prep was rated a “C” and is the third best performing open enrollment middle school in Jackson Public Schools.
WHAT SETS US APART
At Smilow Prep School, our mission is to ensure your scholar is on the path to college from the moment they step foot in our building. We will hold your scholar to high behavioral and academic expectations to help them be successful today and to prepare them for college and beyond. Additionally, we believe you are our partners in this work and as such, prioritize family engagement in order to build a safe and joyful environment in our schools.
FOR OUR FAMILIES
Smilow Prep does not follow the same inclement weather policy as JPS. In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to weather, every family will receive a phone call. Current information will also be posted on our Facebook and office voicemail.
Address changes: Parents must contact the call center and be directed to the School District. The District cannot initiate these changes.
Check student eligibility: If your child is not listed as eligible, the Call Center will take your information and contact the district for verification.
Non-working card: School Districts do not issue cards and are unable to assist with card issues. Parents must contact the call center.
Smilow Prep FAQs
How much does your school cost?
Nothing! Our school is free. The only cost we ask you to incur is the cost of your scholar’s uniform.
Does your school have sports?
Yes! Our school has sports for boys and girls including basketball, cheerleading, and track and field, as well as a host of after school activities.
Does your school offer free and reduced lunch?
Yes! Our school participates in the free and reduced lunch program.
FREE MEALS FOR SCHOLARS
As part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), our scholars are provided with free breakfast and lunch. Instead of compiling individual requests for free and reduced-price meals, it offers a different strategy for providing school meals to schools in low-income areas. Through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the CEP enables schools that primarily educate low-income children to provide wholesome school meals to all scholars at no cost.
Do you offer transportation?
Yes! While we do not bus door-to-door, we do have multiple bus stops located across the city.
Do you offer after school care?
No, but we do partner with organizations to ensure you have options for your scholar.