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How One Chicago School Got Every Low-Income Student to College

100 percent of seniors at Chicago's Gary Comer College Prep have been accepted to four-year universities.


Getting 100 percent of a school's students into college is incredibly simple. I should rephrase that: The key strategies are simple, but the deeply emotional and personal work it requires is incredibly hard.

I know this first-hand because 100 percent of the first senior class at Gary Comer College Prep, a 600-student high school that I—and an amazing team of people—founded on the South Side of Chicago in 2008, was accepted to a four-year university this year.

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