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Entire graduating class accepted to college



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    An entire graduating class from a CPS charter school got into college.

    A Chicago school that claims to be the nation's first all-boys public charter high school comprised entirely of black males has accomplished an uncommon feat.

    Every member of Urban Prep's first senior class has been accepted into a four-year college or university.

    Urban Prep founder and CEO Tim King highlighted the accomplishment by telling an assembly that only four percent of Urban Prep's freshman in 2006 were reading at grade level.

    Chicago Mayor Richard Daley also congratulated the 107 seniors and encouraged them to continue their hard work through college and beyond.

    He calls Urban Prep an example of public education that works.

    Last year, the mayor's office said the average college acceptance rate for Chicago Public Schools was just over 50 percent.