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18A5797D-ADF0-45F2-B711-EE557E97B484_zpscybmqus6.jpgCHICAGO, IL - For some people its their dream to attend college, for some others college is not for everyone as they speak but for this all black prep school located in Chicago, Illinois every black male student that across the stage receiving a high school diploma will be attending college in some way.

Urban prep continues to maintain its 100 percent college acceptance rate for an all-black senior class as well for the sixth year in a row, every senor except one at Chicago's Urban Prep Englewood West and Bronzeville campuses has been accepted at four-year colleges and universities.

The except one? Is 17 year-old Deonte Hoard, who was gunned down in Chicago's South Deering neighborhood. He was fatally shot in the chest on the corner of East 106 Street and South Oglesby Avenue back in March. Sources say he was walking to a store with a friend, when shots were fired by someone in a black SUV.

Hoard was scheduled to receive a red and gold striped tie during a ceremony celebrating seniors going to college the week of his death, but yet during a assembly Thursday his mom was given the red and gold striped tie he would had receive for being college-bound.

The 2015 graduating class was accepted into more than 180 different colleges and universities including historically black colleges and universities like Fisk University, Florida A&M University, Howard University and Morehouse College. Seniors also received $11 million in scholarships as well as produced six Gates Millennium Scholarship winners.

"Six straight years of 100 percent college acceptance is no exception - that is an expectation of every child in the City of Chicago," said Rahm Emanuel (Mayor of Chicago). "The young men of Urban Prep are continually raising the standard of academic excellence, both here in Chicago and nationally. Congratulations to the students, parents and educators on this incredible achievement."

The staff at D.J's Music Site HBCU Campaign Fund would like to also congratulate the graduating Class of 2015 of Urban Prep Chicago campuses on their achievement as well and also congratulate those who were accepted into an HBCU. We hope you bound to accept admission into one of those illustrious institutions and we wish you the best in your future education endeavors.

About Urban Prep Academies

In 2002, a group of African-American civic, business and education leaders, organized by former Hales Franciscan High School President Tim King, determined to establish a new high school in Chicago focused on providing a strong, college-preparatory high school option for boys in under-served African-American communities. African-American males had been, or continue to be, the lowest-performing demographic in Chicago Public Schools. A University of Chicago study published in 2006 reported that only one in 40 African-American boys in Chicago Public Schools will eventually graduate from a 4-year university.

The Chicago Board of Education approved Urban Prep Academies' charter application in 2005, and Urban Prep opened its first school, Urban Prep Academy for Young Men - Englewood Campus, the subsequent September. It is the first charter high school for boys in the country and currently enrolls 460 students in grades 9-12. Urban Prep's second school opened in the East Garfield Park community in 2009, and moved to the near west side of the city in 2011. Urban Prep's third campus, serving the historic Bronzeville community, opened in 2010. Based on its success thus far, Urban Prep plans to open more schools in Chicago area and in other low-performing urban centers. Approximately 85% of Urban Prep students are low-income and nearly all are African-American.

For more information about Urban Prep Academies, please visit their website - www.urbanprep.org.

 

Source:

www.abc7chicago.com

www.examiner.com



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