Established in 2012, Grace Co-op started when Laura Richmond and Nici Smith decided to try a new model of education, combining private, traditional classroom education with home education. They hired a teacher and started with 7 students. Over the past eight years, the school has grown to 31 students in grades K-5.

In 2015, Grace Co-op changed it’s name to Grace Preparatory Academy of Boston and joined with the University Model Schools International to start the process to become a fully functioning University Model® school. Grace Preparatory Academy is not formally considered a private school by the state of Massachusetts, but is still defined as a tutorial service to homeschoolers.

At the end of May 2018, Grace Prep submitted an application to become a 501(c)(3). We received notification of our 501(c)(3) status in late December 2018.