Another Perfect College Acceptance Year At African-American Male Charter School
Chicago, IL - For the third year in a row, every senior in an all African-American urban charter high school for men in Chicago, has been accepted to college.
Some people may have no faith in the educational system, especially in Chicago, but Urban Prep Academy is doing something right and proving critics wrong. 100% of its 2012 class will be attending college in the fall.
The academy also said that 83 percent of its first graduating class in 2010 has re-enrolled in a second year of college, a refutation to critics of the school who have charged that students aren’t always ready for college.
The school started with kids whose futures had been left for dead by their public schools: Only four percent of the school's incoming freshmen were reading at grade level when they arrived on campus.
Urban Prep spends about $12,000 per student. Once students graduate, the school stays in touch with them. A rigorous alumni department brings students in over the summer to familiarize them with the challenges ahead and continues to contact graduates twice a month by phone, email or on Facebook.
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