Equity & Diversity Opinion

Success at All-Boys Charter in Chicago

By Richard Whitmire — March 08, 2010 1 min read
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At Urban Prep, every senior in the school’s first graduating class has been accepted into a four-year college. Although the magnitude of the success can’t be judged absent a profile of the entering students, the article points to two striking facts: The school is only two years old and only four percent of the entering students read at grade level.

The most successful school I saw during my book research was Excellence Boys Charter School in New York. Those students are several years away from applying for college, but I predict similar outcomes there.

My question: Can elite charters in urban neighborhoods (and by elite I mean the quality of instruction, not the performance level of incoming students) achieve the same results with coed classes? KIPP seems to be doing that.

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