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The School that Works: An Urban Model for Achieving Excellence in Education

Recorded on June 16, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Providence-St. Mel School has earned its reputation as "The School That Works." This independent, nonsectarian, K-12 college preparatory school with 600 African-American students, located in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago, achieves remarkable results. For the past 27 years, 100 percent of its graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. For the past four years, over fifty percent of these students have gained admission to top-tier/Ivy League schools. Led by its founder and president, Paul J. Adams III, and its principal, Jeanette DiBella, Providence-St. Mel has been hailed by Dr. Michael Pressley, renowned effective schools researcher from Michigan State University's number one ranked College of Education, as "a model for urban education." Consistently dedicated to education as the means to achieve the American Dream and become globally competitive, these accomplished school leaders are now sharing their model with other urban educators.