Gentlemen’s Corner: Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Achieves 100% College Acceptance For Fifth Consecutive Year!
We don’t often hear stories about our young black men’s academic achievement so I feel that it’s important that their success is celebrated! After reading stories about Kwasi Enin, Akintunde Ahmad, and Avery Coffey, we can add the boys from Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy to the list of young men who are making great academic achievements this year!
For the fifth year in a row, Urban Prep Academy is sending all of its graduates to college this year. That’s right; all 240 seniors at the all male African American high school received acceptance letters to over 186 colleges and universities; amassing over $11 million in scholarships and grants. How awesome is that?!
This achievement not only speaks to the work of the students, but it’s also a testament to the teachers and staff at the Academy who work tirelessly to make sure these young men succeed!
“Urban Prep is not for everyone, and those students may leave us,” said school founder and CEO Tim King. “But the fact that some students choose to leave us should not be used as a weapon against the students who have chosen to stay and have achieved this incredible accomplishment.”
Last week, the Class of 2014 exchanged their red ties for a red and gold striped one, a tradition done in observance for those that have been accepted to a college or university.
“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago.
This is wonderful! Congratulations to Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy!