More funky numbers from Urban Prep: 100% of 62%?

It’s back…. another heaping serving of Urban Prep urban myth.

Tim King’s Urban Prep Charter High School in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is touting its second year of 100% college acceptance – PERFECT! as the Chicago Tribune web headline crows. “Golden again,” according to the print edition headline. ”We believe…in another 100%” says King’s e-mail announcement.

Last year, PURE took a little closer look at the numbers and found that only 64% of the school’s original 166 freshmen actually graduated, well below the district’s already dismal 70% rate.

The same is true of this year’s senior class. According to Urban Prep’s 2010 state report card, last year there were 121 juniors enrolled in the school.

Although King’s announcement doesn’t mention real numbers, the Tribune is saying that the senior class — this 100% college-going class — has 104 students.

So, between last year and this year, this class lost 14% of its students.

Make 100% success sound kind of funky, doesn’t it?

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