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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.


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, our new feeder school. DECA PREP, a K-6 charter school, opened in August 2012 with grades K, 1, 2, and 6. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be added over the next few years. Once all classes have been added, DECA and DECA PREP will include all grade levels from Kindergarten through high school. DECA PREP will serve students who reside within the geographic boundaries of the Dayton Public School District.

2014-2015 Enrollment Information

The application for the 2014-2015 School Year is now available on our Admissions Page.

We are still accepting applications for 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.

School Hours:

7:30   School doors open
7:45   Breakfast served 
8:00   Tardy bell
2:50   Dismissal 

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"Inherent in high expectations is the 'no-excuses' message." (Benard, 2003)

Upcoming Events

Picture Day
7:00am– 3:00pm

Tree removal in parking lot
8:00am– 1:00pm

Parent Academy - Restorative Justice
6:00pm– 7:30pm

Click here to see the complete Calendar of Events.