About Urban Prep

The Urban Prep Schools Program includes three public charter schools in the Bronzeville, Englewood, and Near West Side communities. Serving approximately 1500 young men and produce 300 college-bound graduates each year. Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men—Englewood Campus is the first public charter high school for boys in the country. Urban Prep's schools are unique because of their positive school culture and rigorous college prep curriculum. Urban Prep students are distinguished by their uniform of khaki pants, black blazer emblazoned with the school crest, and red tie. Urban Prep alumni have set the bar high for graduates to come, as 100% of them have been admitted to college including prestigious institutions like Cornell University, The University of Penn, Georgetown University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Northwestern University, The University of Illinois, The University of Rochester, and The University of Virginia. In addition to these admissions, Urban Prep graduates have received over ten million dollars in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Urban Prep click HERE to download our brochure.


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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