About Urban Prep

Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country’s first charter high school for boys. Urban Prep’s mission is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in our graduates succeeding in college. The schools are a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among boys in urban centers. While most of Urban Prep students come to the schools from economically disadvantaged households and behind in many subject areas, Urban Prep remains committed to preparing all of its students for college and life.


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Urban Prep Academies is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by education entrepreneur Tim King and a group of African-American education, business and civic leaders. Urban Prep's mission is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality college preparatory education to young men that results in graduates succeeding in college.

Our first school - Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, Englewood Campus - opened in 2006. Urban Prep's Englewood Campus is the country's first all-boys public charter high school. In 2009, we opened our second school: Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, West Campus. Our third school, Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, Bronzeville Campus, opened its doors in the fall of 2010. Urban Prep's schools are the only all-boys public schools in the state of Illinois.

The Urban Prep motto is We Believe. Our motto is a constant reminder that Urban Prep students will not fall into the trap of negative stereotypes and low expectations. Instead, Urban Prep students believe in their potential and believe in their ability to exceed that potential. The Urban Prep family (teachers, administrators, staff, board of directors, community members and donors) also believe in these young men, and in our important and long lasting role in their lives. At Urban Prep, We Believe.

Statement of non-discrimination

Urban Prep Academies does not tolerate acts of discrimination, including acts of discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability.  Urban Prep has adopted the Chicago Board of Education’s Combined Americans with Disabilities ACT and 504 Policy which can be found by clicking here and the Chicago Board of Education’s Comprehensive Non-Discrimination Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy which can be found by clicking here

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