"We've been incredibly successful," the founder and president of Urban Prep, Tim King, tells me. "All our students are African-American, about 85% are low income and 100% of our classes have gone on to college."
In 2010 and 2011, 100% of students who graduated from Urban Prep were accepted to college.
"It's extraordinary when you think about it because the number of African-Americans who go on to college in our country, the numbers are really low."
Another cliche is that the only way out for some kids is to become a rapper or a sports star.
Mr King says he wants to create role models who are engineers and scientists. Even getting a college degree makes a big difference.
"Education is key. It can become trite when you hear it, but it is really true," he says.
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