By Jueseppi B.
CONGRATULATIONS, YOUNG MEN!
100 % Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Graduates Accepted to College for Fifth Years in a Row!
Tim King Announces Urban Prep’s 100% College Acceptance Rate 2014
Published on Apr 10, 2014
On April 8, 2014, Urban Prep Academies, the country’s first network of charter public schools for boys, held an assembly to announce that for the FIFTH year in a row, 100% of Urban Prep seniors–all African-American males–had been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Urban Prep Academies’ founder and CEO Tim King, elected officials, community leaders, and Urban Prep students, faculty, alumni and parents in celebrating the seniors’ achievements.
To congratulate the seniors, Tragil Wade, president of Wade’s World Foundation — the charity foundation of NBA champion Dwyane Wade and longtime philanthropic partner of Urban Prep — announced that Wade’s World Foundation will provide a $10,000 donation to the Class of 2014 to offset the costs of their senior prom.
With 240 seniors graduating from Urban Prep this year, more than one in ten African-American males from Chicago Public Schools enrolling in college as freshmen in the fall will be an Urban Prep alumnus. Seniors in Urban Prep’s Class of 2014 have accrued more than $12 million in scholarships to date and have been accepted to more than 185 four-year colleges and universities across the nation, including: Cornell University, Florida A & M University, Georgetown University, Grinnell College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia. This year, for the first time, Urban Prep seniors have also been admitted to Colgate University, Emory University, the University of Michigan, Williams College and the United States Military Academy–West Point.
5 Years Straight: Every Graduate of Chicago’s Urban Prep Accepted to College
Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy has done it again.
For the fifth year in a row, the school has achieved a 100 percent college acceptance rate for its senior class. This year, 240 students got acceptance letters from four-year colleges and universities.
As part of an Urban Prep ritual, when seniors are admitted into college, they exchange their red uniform ties for a red and gold striped tie, a symbol of how hard they’ve worked.
“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to congratulate the scholars, and NBA star Dwayne Wade donated $10,000 through his foundation to offset the cost of the student prom.
The Urban Prep seniors – all African American males – received over $11 million in college grants and scholarships. They were admitted to over 185 colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Florida A & M University, Georgetown University, Grinnell College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia.
This year, for the first time, Urban Prep seniors have also been admitted to Colgate University, Emory University, the University of Michigan, Williams College, and the United States Military Academy (West Point).
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From The Root.com:
Chicago’s Urban Prep Does It Again: 100 Percent College Acceptance
For the fifth straight year, Urban Prep Academies’ entire graduating class has been accepted into four-year colleges and universities.
From the time they enter Chicago’s Urban Prep Academies, the young men are asked to wear red ties. They may change these ties only once: after they have been admitted into college. During this year’s graduation ceremony, students who had achieved the honor were given new yellow ties with red stripes, a gesture to symbolize the hard work and dedication displayed in not only graduating from high school but also continuing to pursue education in one of the nation’s toughest cities.
For the fifth year in a row, all of the graduating students at Urban Prep Academies’ three campuses (pdf)—240, to be exact—donned new ties as the graduating class has again achieved a 100 percent acceptance rate into four-year colleges and universities.
“The tie represents, to me, moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the graduation Tuesday, and NBA star and Chicago native Dwyane Wade donated $10,000 through his foundation to help pay for the prom, NBC Chicago reports.
“I got into a lot of different schools, but right now I’m thinking about four different choices,” student Keshawn Cathery told NBC Chicago.
“I got into Georgetown University, which I will be attending in the fall,” student Derrick Little said.
The 2010 class, the first to graduate from the Chicago school, is on course to graduate from college.
“Being the first graduating class, you see a lot of progression, you see a lot of downfall, but everything comes just together. If you keep striving for that one goal, no one can tell you no,” Urban Prep alumnus Paris Williams told the news station.
With its challenging curriculum, the public charter school has had some students leave the program because they weren’t able to manage it. “Urban Prep is not for everyone, and those students may leave us,” school founder and CEO Tim King told the news station. “But the fact that some students choose to leave us should not be used as a weapon against the students who have chosen to stay and have achieved this incredible accomplishment.”
Thank you The Root.com.
Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country’s first charter high school for boys. Urban Prep’s mission is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in our graduates succeeding in college. The schools are a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among boys in urban centers. While most of Urban Prep students come to the schools from economically disadvantaged households and behind in many subject areas, Urban Prep remains committed to preparing all of its students for college and life.
Building a positive school culture is very important at Urban Prep as it helps promote positive self-esteem and high achievement.
One way we foster a positive school culture is by holding our students accountable to live by the Urban Prep Creed which they recite each morning in Community. The Creed was developed by Team UP prior to the opening of the school and it has been embraced by our entire community.
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URBAN PREP ACADEMIES Campuses:
The Bronzeville Campus:
2710 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60616
School Phone: 773.624.3444
Principal – Mr. Richard Glass
Asst. Principal – Mr. Roy Curry
The Bronzeville Campus, our newest campus, is located in the heart of Chicago’s Douglas & Grand Boulevard communities, once called the “Black Metropolis” for its extensive historical value to African-American art and culture. Bronzeville attracts residents, both young and old, with its boldly revitalized brownstones and its close proximity to Loop, Lakefront and South Side attractions. As this community continues to revitalize itself, Urban Prep young men will be at the forefront, serving as community change agents.
The Englewood Campus:
6201 S. Stewart Ave.
Chicago, IL 60621
School Phone: 773.535.9724
Principal – Mr. Dennis Lacewell
Asst. Principal – Mr. Joffrey Bywater
The Englewood Community has a complex and storied history. As a stop on the Underground Railroad, Englewood was an early beacon of hope for African-Americans escaping slavery. Today, Englewood is on track to shine again with opportunity and our first campus, Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men — Englewood Campus, seeks to be of the lights in this rekindling.
The West Campus:
1326 W. 14th Place
Chicago, IL 60608
School Phone: 773.534.8860
Principal – Mr. Ronald Bryant
Asst. Principal – Mr. Dion Steele
The West Campus is located in one of Chicago’s most ethnically diverse communities. First settled by Nobel Peace Prize Awardee Jane Addams in the nineteenth century, this community is home to some of the city’s greatest attractions and venues: the United Center, Greektown, University Village, Maxwell Street and the Illinois Medical District. Urban Prep is proud to call this neighborhood its home.
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