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DECA PREP is a K-6 school in Dayton, Ohio designed to immerse prospective first generation college students in a personalized, rigorous elementary curriculum to assure they will succeed in high school and college. Character education will be a part of every class, every day along with challenging academics.


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Our Promise

Our promise is that all students will be reading at or above grade level by the end of the third grade - as this is the marker for future academic success. The staff of both DECA and DECA PREP will work together and with parents, community members and university partners to ensure a positive learning environment and student success.

Our Driving Vision

"We go to college" is the Dayton Early College Academy's mission and is the mindset of DECA PREP. We are a K-6 charter school which opened in August 2012.  DECA and DECA PREP will include all grade levels from Kindergarten through high school. DECA PREP serves students who reside within the geographic boundaries of the Dayton Public School District.

Please see our School Annual Report, here

2015-2016 Enrollment Information

DECA PREP is now accepting enrollment applications! You can find further information in the "Admissions" section of our website.

Along with the application and all necessary paperwork, a family member MUST attend ONE Enrollment Meeting.  All meetings are held at DECA PREP: 200 Homewood Ave. Dayton, OH 45405

Meeting Dates:

Thursday, March 5 from 6-7 P.M.

Saturday, March 14 from 9-10 A.M.

Monday, March 16 from 6-7 P.M.

Saturday, April 11 from 9-10 A.M.

Saturday, April 18 from 9-10 A.M. 

The Enrollment Office may be reached at 937-677-9110 or cponder@decaprep.org

Documents may be faxed to DECA PREP at 937-260-4478


Hiring Full-Time and Substitute Teachers

Please see the "Employment Opportunities" section, located under the About DECA PREP tab, of our website for more information.  You may also see avaliable positions, here.  

Open positions include 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 6th Grade 


Race to the Top

Race to the TopDECA received a Race to the Top Innovative School grant to help form DECA PREP.
Click here to read about DECA PREP's other awards and recognition.


DECA PREP has been
awarded Auditor of
State Award

One of only 11 from across the state
for a clean audit 

School Hours:

7:30   School Doors Open/Breakfast Served
7:50   Breakfast Ends 
8:00   Tardy Bell
2:50   Dismissal 


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"Children must learn to read, write, speak and listen." (Lewis, 1996)