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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. Sponsor report here

DECA PREP FAMILIES: Visit the "For Parents" section for important information! 


Thursday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. there will be a Title I parent meeting held at DECA PREP. The meeting will be held at two different times to accommodate different schedules. Both meetings will have the same content so parents only need to attend one of the sessions.

The purpose of the meeting is to review for parent and staff the programs funded under No Child Left Behind and to insure that all parties have  access to planning and implementation opportunities to improve the programs.

Admission Information 2016-2017

Enrollment applications and information can be found by looking under ABOUT DECA PREP > ADMISSIONS tab. We still have spots open for Kindergarten and 9th grade students! 

***A child must be 5 years of age before or on July 31, 2016 to enroll in Kindergarten.***

Kroger Community Rewards

Link Your Kroger Plus Card to DECA PREP (Account 83308) for a quick way to give back - Thank You!


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 

Employment Opportunities

Please click here to view the current list of open positions.


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Nearly all of DECA’s graduates, 87% of who are the first in their families to go to college, have enrolled in college. Tracking student retention and college graduation, DECA has found a remarkable 84% of DECA graduates are on track to earn a bachelor’s degree or have graduated.