Urban Prep Academies: A Major Educational Success Story for African American Men

urban-prep-logo-nsn4512Urban Prep Academies is an organization that operates a network of public charter high schools in Chicago serving African-American men. This is the fifth year in a row that all graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges and universities. There are 240 African American seniors at the three campuses of Urban Prep. They will make up one tenth of all African American male graduates of Chicago public schools who will enroll in college this coming fall.

Students at Urban Prep are immersed in a challenging college preparatory curriculum and must abide by strict rules and a code of conduct. The class day and the academic year are longer than at the traditional public high school. Students attend school on Saturdays and they take a double load of courses in mathematics and English.

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