For the past seven years, Urban Prep Charter Academy has managed to send 100% of its students to four-year colleges. Given that the school’s student body is predominately young black men on Chicago’s South Side, it’s a refreshing story that rarely gets old. 

“We’ve got two guys going to my alma mater, Georgetown University, we have our first admit to Yale University this year,” Founder and CEO of Urban Prep Tim King said to CBS. “We have students who’ve been admitted to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Morehouse College, schools all over the country. It’s a huge level of diversity in terms of the types of schools these young men will be going to in the fall.”

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Urban Prep’s 2016 graduating class was reportedly awarded more than $15 million in scholarships and grants and more than 1,500 college acceptances. The school has kept this wonderful tradition going since 2010.

“Every year, I’m just wowed by these young men by what they are doing,” King said. “They really make me proud. 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.”

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