Chicago’s Urban Prep Academies Sending 100% of Its Graduates to Four Year Universities

April 2, 2013  |  

Chicago’s Urban Prep Charter Academies announced that all of their graduating seniors have been accepted to a four-year university for the fourth year in a row. It’s such a relief to see Chicago in the news for something other than gun violence, and this great information combats all the negativity associated with the city.

These 167 students are transcending while being members of the Englewood and University Village campuses, which are some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. Even as a Chicago native, I rarely step foot on this side of town after dark, which is why it is even more of an accomplishment for these young black males to have made it out of high school and furthermore to be on their way to college.

Urban Prep founder Tim King gushed with happiness stating, “It’s really heartwarming. It’s really an inspiration. These guys are an inspiration to all of us because they show you what can happen when you really work hard and do the right thing. I feel great. There are no words to describe how powerful and wonderful it is to be a part of Urban Prep.”

Urban Prep Academies established the country’s first charter high school for boys in 2002 and most of the students come from economically disadvantaged households and some students even enroll already behind in many subjects. It’s amazing what these boys have done against all odds and they should be an inspiration to us all.

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