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Why #KeepUP

Urban Prep West students are African-American males, 85 percent qualify for free-reduced lunch and 29 percent have Individual Education Programs (IEPs). They are victims and survivors of gun violence and trauma—in fact, ten West Campus students have been shot and five killed since the school opened. In addition to the emotional duress that a school closure would cause, the neighborhood schools Urban Prep’s West Campus students would otherwise attend have all failed Black males abysmally.


Despite elements of our society working to destroy young Black males, Urban Prep West has continued to fulfill our mission by improving outcomes for our students: 

Outpacing Peers

Exceeds high school graduation, college enrollment and college persistence rates for Black males in the city, state and country

Rigorous Curriculum

Extended school day with double the English and more core-courses than traditional public schools

Educating the Whole Student

Daily mentoring promoting social-emotional growth and positive self-esteem

Robust After-School Programs

Myriad clubs, sports, activities to keep students engaged and safe after school

Highly Rated

Commendable rating from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

100% College Acceptance

For six consecutive years, 100% of graduates have been admitted to 4-year colleges and universities

College Access

Alumni have been admitted to 200 different colleges & universities; received four Gates Millennium Scholarships; and been awarded over $25MM for college

A School That Works

Recognized internationally for unique program and success educating African-American males

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