Based on current educational and social conditions, the fate of boys of
color is uncertain. African American and Latino boys are grossly
over-represented among young men failing to achieve academic success and are
at greater risk of dropping out of school. Boys in general lag behind
girls on most indicators of student achievement.
• In 2009, just
52% of African American boys and 52% of Latino boys graduated on-time
from Madison Metropolitan School District compared to 81% of Asian boys and 88% of White boys.
In the class of 2010, just 7% of African American seniors and 18% of
Latino seniors were deemed “college-ready” by ACT, makers of the standardized college entrance exam required for all Wisconsin universities.
Madison Preparatory Academy for Young Men (Madison Prep) is a public charter school being developed by the Urban League of Greater Madison. Madison Prep will serve as a catalyst for change and opportunity, particularly young men of color. Its mission is to prepare scholars for success at a four year college by instilling excellence, pride, leadership and service. A proposed non-instrumentality charter school located in Madison, Wisconsin and to be authorized by the Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison Prep will serve 420 students in grades 6 through 12 when it reaches full enrollment in 2017-2018.
Madison Prep will employ seven educational strategies to achieve its mission: a special focus on young men, the International Baccalaureate curriculum, a college preparatory focus, Harkness Teaching, an extended school day and year, mentoring and community support, and a Prep Year (for students that are more than one year behind academically in reading, language arts, and/or math).
Madison Prep’s educational program will be bolstered by partnerships with businesses, government agencies, professional and membership associations, colleges and universities, and scholarship-providing organizations that have the capacity to bring talent, expertise and resources into the school community to benefit Madison Prep scholars, faculty, staff, and parents. Madison Prep will also host special activities to engage parents, family members, and the community in the education of their young men. Invitations will be extended to parents, community leaders, and experts to join young men at the Harkness Table to add to their learning and to learn with them.