With so much gang and gun violence plaguing the streets of Chicago its heartwarming to learn about the success of schools like Urban Prep Academy and their seniors who will all be attending college this Fall.
For the seventh consecutive year, Urban Prep Charter Academy is keeping it one hundred.
Every senior at the predominantly black, all-boys charter school in Chicago has committed to a four-year college or university. At the school’s three campuses combined, the class of 2016 has been admitted to more than 220 schools.
“It’s a great day,” Rudolph Long, who’s attending Hampton University, told CBS Chicago on Urban Prep’s college signing day on Tuesday. “I feel great. We all made it. We all come from good environments so to see us all going to college is nice.”
Overall, the senior class has received more than 1,500 college admissions and has been offered more than $15 million in scholarships and grants, according to CBS Chicago. Founder and CEO of Urban Prep Tim King said the students have been admitted to schools all over the country, including Georgetown University, Yale University, Morehouse College, among other schools. King tweeted a photo of some of the seniors at signing day.
Since 2010, every senior class has had 100 percent of their students admitted to college, the school’s website says. The school’s motto is “We Believe,” which serves as a reminder “that Urban Prep students will not fall into the trap of negative stereotypes and low expectations,” the school’s website says.
“Every year, I’m just wowed by these young men, by what they are doing,” King told CBS Chicago. “We started Urban Prep with the goal of moving the needle when it comes to black male achievement and these guys proved to me, the city and the world every year, that we did the right thing when we founded Urban Prep ten years ago.”
Bravo to these young men!