The charter school has garnered national recognition for providing minority students with the academic skills necessary to be “college bound.” Last spring, 240 students had college acceptance letters in their hands before receiving their diploma. An accomplishment that Mayor Rahm Emanuel considers to be phenomenal. The Chicago mayor delivered a moving speech at the 2014 graduation, congratulating the students for their hard work and achievements.
As part of an Urban Prep ritual, when the high school seniors are accepted into college, they exchange their red tie with a red and gold tie.
“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 said.
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