For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of the graduating seniors from the Englewood campus of Urban Prep Academies, the nation's first all-boys public charter high school, have accomplished what some thought would be impossible – every single one of these 85 students has been accepted to a four-year college or university.
As of today, the members of Urban Prep Englewood's 2012 graduating class have been accepted to 128 different four-year colleges and universities, including: Bates College, Georgetown University, Morehouse College, Northwestern University, Syracuse University and the University of Virginia. Students are still awaiting decisions from many other colleges and universities. In total, this year's seniors have been awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships and grants to date.
Urban Prep also announced data on the number of alumni from its 2010 inaugural graduating class who enrolled in college for two consecutive years. Urban Prep's Alumni Office has tracked this data for all graduates and found that Urban Prep alumni are enrolling and persisting in college at record rates. Data shows Urban Prep alumni rates of college enrollment surpass both Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and national averages. Urban Prep alumni are also persisting in college at record rates: 83 percent of Urban Prep graduates persisted in college compared to only 71 percent for CPS and 35 percent for African-American males nationally.
"I'm incredibly proud of Urban Prep students," said Tim King, founder and CEO, Urban Prep Academies. "At Urban Prep, we work hard to ensure all our students are college-ready. With 83 percent of students persisting in college, I'm confident that Urban Prep's culture, rigorous curriculum, commitment to service and diverse extra-curricular activities are indeed preparing them for success in college and beyond."
Additional report findings include:
Urban Prep is committed to the ongoing success of its alumni, and has allocated resources for supporting students once they graduate high school. Specifically, Urban Prep's Alumni Office connects alumni to resources, and provides mentoring and guidance.