For 7th Year in a Row, Chicago High School Has 100% of Graduates Going to College

For the seventh year in a row, the Urban Prep Charter Academy has achieved an impressive feat–all of its graduating students will be headed to a four-year college or university in the fall. The all-boys, predominantly black high school boasts three campuses in the city of Chicago, which brings the total number of young men admitted to more than 220 students.

The senior class had a special ceremony to commemorate their achievement. Friends, family, and spectators were there on College Signing Day as each student announced the college or university they'd chosen to attend and then signed the Urban Prep “100 Percent To College” banner. “It's a great day,” Rudolph Long, a senior, told CBS Chicago. “I feel great. We all made it. We all come from good environments so to see us all going to college is nice.”

This year, the graduating class received more than 1,500 college admissions and was offered more than $15 million in scholarships and grants. Some students will be staying local, while others will attend the likes of Georgetown and Yale. They follow the great tradition, started in 2010, of each student being admitted into college. “Every year, I'm just wowed by these young men, by what they are doing,” Founder and CEO Tim King explained to 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.”

Above photo credit: Lisa Fielding

Photo credit: Tim King

Two students with Tim King (middle), Founder and CEO of Urban Prep
Photo credit: Tim King

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via [Neatorama, The Huffington Post]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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