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South Side high school sends 100% of its graduates to college Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM
**COMMERCIAL IMAGE** In this photo taken by Feature Photo Service for IBM: Lauded by the U.S. Department of Education and President Obama, the IBM-inspired P-TECH school in Brooklyn, NY, where teens earn both a community college degree and high school diploma in as little as four years, graduated 27 students last evening at the commencement exercises held by the New York City College of Technology (City University of New York's "City Tech") at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on June 2, 2016. Staring directly at the camera is Elisabel Herrera, one of the 2016 P-TECH graduates, who typically either continue on to four-year colleges or apply for jobs at technology companies like IBM. There are expected to be 60 IBM-inspired P-TECH schools in six states this fall. Nationally, less than 30% of students who enroll in two-year community colleges complete their associate's degree within three years, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

Amidst a few years that have found increasing hurdles for students to graduate high school, such as a third of Chicago schools closing and increased requirements for graduation, a glimmer of hope exists on the South Side.

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Urban Prep academies, with campuses in Englewood, Bronzeville and the Near West Side, has graduated 100% of its seniors for seven straight years, totaling over a 1000 students enrolling in colleges since 2010.

The school is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-boys charter school with students from all over the South Side and who go on to colleges all over the country.

According to the school’s website, their mission is to “provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in our graduates succeeding in college.”

A video posted by Newsy shows interviews with some of the graduates from last year and their future plans.

The nonprofit organization was founded in 2002 by Tim King and their 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.”

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“Often it feels like we in Chicago’s forgotten communities need a hero,” King says at a graduation speech. “There is no hero because our answer, our salvation, our heroes are sitting in this room.”

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