The PREP Academy

Inspiring and preparing African Nova Scotian students

The PREP Academy is a community based non-profit organization that inspires and prepares African Nova Scotian high school students for college, university and beyond. We coach students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 to plan, prepare and pursue college and university – and continue to provide wrap around supports as they navigate their education and transition into their chosen careers.

We want our students to believe and understand that college and university is a viable opportunity for them. We want to give them access to decisions.

Additionally, we partner and consult to develop culturally responsive pathway programs for African Nova Scotian students within post-secondary institutions and across industry sectors.

Who We Serve

The PREP Academy’s purpose and intention is to impact Indigenous African Nova Scotian students who are descendants of Nova Scotian parents or grandparents who are tied to the historic and original African Nova Scotian communities. Black students who were born in Nova Scotia also participate.

This map shows the historic African Nova Scotian communities.

Our Purpose

Influence social and economic impact within the historic African Nova Scotian communities by preparing and inspiring students for college and university.

Our Values & Behaviours

Black Excellence

We are approaching education in a different way

  • We drive individual excellence
  • We are committed to creating the unordinary
  • We educate and empower students towards lifelong learning

Community Minded

We cannot move alone, and it takes a village

  • We centre our community in everything we do
  • We unite and collaborate to advance community
  • We build a sense of community and belonging for our students

Authentic Impact

We know who we are here to serve and what impact we want to have. It’s all about the stories and experiences of our students.

  • We are grounded in our history and our roots
  • We cultivate intentional and quality relationships
  • We stay true to create opportunities and enact change

Adopt a school

Our goal is to fundraise to have PREP Student Success Coaches supporting students in every high school across Nova Scotia. PREP’s College and University Preparation program for high school students is currently offered at the following schools.

If you are interested in Adopting a School and help PREP expand our services, please contact Ashley Hill, Executive Director at

Current High School Locations:
Cobequid Education Centre, 
Cole Harbour High School
Dartmouth High School
Digby Regional High School,
Citadel High School
Citadel High School

Our Supporters

Our work is made possible by the generous contributors and partners who believe in our mission.

Contact Us

Phone: (902) 334-6260 Email:

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