Urban Prep Perfectly College-Bound

Urban Prep scored second year of 100 percent college acceptance

By Christian Farr
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 7:44 PM CDT
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For the second year in Urban Prep Charter Academy's two-year existence, the full graduating class is headed to four-year college institutions.

"We did it again!"

In the company of Mayor Daley, Ald. Willie Cochran, City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and a room of excited students, Tim King proudly announced Wednesday that for the second year of the school's two years open, 100 percent of Urban Prep Charter Academy seniors are college-bound.

"No other public [school] in the country has done this," the CEO and founder of Urban Prep said.

Indeed, it was a momentous accomplishment for the all-male charter school and graduates of the program. 

"We are Urban Prep men," said Israel Wilson, a 2010 graduate and student at Morehouse College. "And at Urban Prep, we believe."

Daley lauded the school's efforts and congratulated students for accepting the challenge given to them when they enrolled.

"When you are accepted, there are no excuses," Mayor Daley said. "They said we believe in you. ... We are going to make you independent."

Last year marked Urban Prep's first year of perfect college acceptance among seniors. Going forward, the school doesn't plan to stop at two.

"We need more schools like this," Daley said.

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