“This school has shown that we can do it,” said Dante Walters, 12th grader at UPrep Charter High School. “This school is like a role model for other schools and other black youngsters in the community. It gives them the opportunity to say you know what, I have a chance, I can do this.”
But it’s founder, Joseph Munno, said the school didn’t have an easy start.
“It was unbelievable going around this community convincing people in this community, convincing families to try this charter school and we’re going to make a difference.” said Munno. “The rewards 8 years later is beyond my wildest dreams what we’ve accomplished here.”
University Prep has proven to be an academic success. So much so, nearly 97% of its students graduate on-time. They have programs like their Career and Technical Center to thank for that.
“It’s just a great experience to come over here every morning,” said Jamar Miller, 12th Grader at UPrep Charter High School.
Miller is gaining the benefits of the Career and Technical Center. He’s graduating this year and plans to attend Monroe Community College to pursue machinery.
“I look forward to my future in the machinery industry and providing for my family and my mom and everything,” said Miller.
Both Miller and Walters are proving to peers in their community that they can succeed.
SUNY Charter School Institute recommended UPrep for a 5 year full term renewal which would begin in August.