Urban Prep Academies currently operates three open enrollment public charter high schools in high-need communities in the city of Chicago.  At capacity, these three schools will enroll approximately 2,000 students.  Over 85% of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch and many come to Urban Prep several grade levels behind in the core subject areas.

Historically, college prep schools for boys have only been available to families who could afford private schools. Now, this proven school model is available, tuition-free, at Urban Prep’s three campuses via a random lottery with no evaluation of test scores or special needs.

Distinctive elements of the schools program include:

  • A rigorous college prep curriculum;
  • Extended school day and year;
  • Language Arts and math focus;
  • Extra-curricular activities;
  • Community service requirements;
  • Parental engagement expectations;
  • Positive school culture;
  • Regular professional development for teachers.

If you have questions about the admissions process please click here.

Bronzeville Campus

521 E. 35th st
Chicago, IL 60616

School Phone:  773.624.3444

Principal - Mr. Joffrey Bywater
Asst. Principal - Mr. Jamen Williams

The Bronzeville Campus, our newest campus, is located in the heart of Chicago's Douglas & Grand Boulevard communities, once called the "Black Metropolis" for its extensive historical value to African-American art and culture.  Bronzeville attracts residents, both young and old, with its boldly revitalized brownstones and its close proximity to Loop, Lakefront and South Side attractions.  As this community continues to revitalize itself, Urban Prep young men will be at the forefront, serving as community change agents.

Englewood Campus

6201 S. Stewart Ave.
Chicago, IL 60621

School Phone:  773.535.9724

Principal - Mr. Joseph Mason
Asst. Principal - Mr. Roy Curry, Jr.

The Englewood Community has a complex and storied history.  As a stop on the Underground Railroad, Englewood was an early beacon of hope for African-Americans escaping slavery.  Today, Englewood is on track to shine again with opportunity and our first campus, Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men -- Englewood Campus, seeks to be of the lights in this rekindling.

West Campus

1326 W. 14th Place
Chicago, IL 60608

School Phone:  773.534.8860

Principal - Mr. Cory Cain
Asst. Principal - Mr. Daryll Lacey

The West Campus is located in one of Chicago's most ethnically diverse communities.  First settled by Nobel Peace Prize Awardee Jane Addams in the nineteenth century, this community is home to some of the city's greatest attractions and venues:  the United Center, Greektown, University Village, Maxwell Street and the Illinois Medical District.  Urban Prep is proud to call this neighborhood its home.

Clubs and Activities

At Urban Prep, we offer a diverse range of clubs, sports, and activities in which our students can participate. Students are required to participate in one extracurricular activity of their choice per year. This requirement allows our students to build the skills, leadership experience, and peer relationships that will be assets to them in college and beyond.

ART CLUBLOS AMIGOS (Spanish Club)
BASEBALLLYRICAL DICTION CLUB
BASKETBALLMEN’S CHOIR
BOOK CLUBMOCK TRIAL TEAM
BOWLINGMUSIC PRODUCTION CLUB
CAPOEIRA CLUBNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
CHESS TEAMPARALYMPIC SPORTS
CROSS COUNTRYPEER MEDIATION
DEBATE TEAMPHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
DRAMA CLUBSCIENCE OLYMPIAD (S.T.E.M)
DJEMBE DRUMMINGSKETCH COMEDY AND IMPROV
FBLA (ENTREPRENEURSHIP)STUDENT GOVERNMENT
FOOTBALLS.W.A.T. (Technology Club)
FILM STUDIESTRACK & FIELD
FUTURE EDUCATORS OF AMERICAUP PAC (Political Action Committee)
GOLDEN ABSTRACT (Yearbook)VIDEO GAME CLUB
JAPANESE CULTURAL CLUBWRESTLING
LIONS ROAR (Lit. Magazine)ASM PROGRAMS

Urban Prep in your Area

Since opening our first campus in Chicago’s Englewood community in 2006, Urban Prep has had a proven track record of providing a high-quality, comprehensive college preparatory educational experience to young men that prepares graduates for admission to and success in college.

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Questions or specific information requests about replication and expansion in your area should be directed to: Dennis Lacewell, Chief Academic Officer via email or by phone at 312-276-0259 ext. 1105.