February 16, 2011

Mayor Daley Returns To Urban Prep Academy To Congratulate Senior Class On Achieving 100 Percent College Acceptance Rate For The Second Straight Year

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Mayor Richard M. Daley returned today to Urban Prep Academy, 6201 South Stewart Avenue, the nation’s first all-boys public charter high school comprised entirely of African-American students. The Mayor congratulated students, faculty and staff members on achieving a 100 percent acceptance rate for its students to attend a four-year college or university for the second year in row.
This year there are 104 seniors who have been accepted to colleges across the nation. Last year, 107 seniors were accepted to colleges nation-wide including Connecticut College, Denison College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Northwestern University, Rutgers University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“When I was here last year in March, I was happy to be part of an historical moment. All of Urban Prep Englewood’s first graduating class had been accepted to college. I’m happy to say that once again, this year’s entire graduating class has been accepted to college. That’s unheard of but it’s becoming an annual occurrence at Urban Prep,” said Mayor Daley.  
Since 2005 the Renaissance 2010 program has opened 103 schools, including 59 charters, nine contract schools and 35 performance schools. The Chicago Public Schools are committed to ensuring all students in Chicago have access to high-quality school options that prepare them for post-secondary success.
Each charter school has a curriculum, schedule, calendar and admission procedures that may differ from other public schools.
There are charter schools operated by community organizations, universities, foundations, and teachers—all are held accountable for high student academic achievement by the Board of Education.
“ Good Education is not just about students going to school, it’s about families having great educational options and educators using all techniques at their disposal to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future,” said Tim King, Founder and Chief Educational Officer of Urban Prep Academies.