Chicago Charter School Reportedly Discouraging Students From Applying to HBCUs

One Chicago Bulls College Prep parent says the school gave her son a hard time when trying to apply

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One local Chicago mother is calling out Chicago Bulls College Prep for discouraging her son to apply to the Historically Black College/University (HBCU) of his choice.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Maiesha Rose says she was disappointed in the response her son got when he told his school he wanted to attend an HBCU.

“I am a graduate of an HBCU, and my son was told that he could not apply to an HBCU until he applied to other schools,” said Rose, who is a City of Chicago employee.

“When I asked why, the initial response was HBCUs don’t give enough money,” she said.

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Chicago Bulls College Prep is a Noble Network Charter School that opened in 2009. Its Chief External Affairs Officer Constance Brewer responded to the incident regarding Rose and her son saying that it is not up to staff members to make judgements based on whether a college is an HBCU, private, public or religious institution. She claims that out of the 572 African American seniors attending Noble schools, 40 percent of them have applied to at least one HBCU.

Students at Noble schools are encouraged to apply to a “match” school — schools that match their GPA and test scores; a “safety” school — one that the student almost has a guaranteed shot of getting in; and a “reach” school — a school that is just above the student’s stat.

In the case of Rose and her son, she says no HBCUs were listed in any of the categories for her son and she had a difficult time getting an official transcript for him when he tried to apply to HBCUs on his own.

After making arrangements for her son to attend Langston University in Oklahoma, her alma mater, he was then accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta.

“I think it is a bad policy. The students should have the freedom to apply wherever they want to apply if the parents and students make a choice to attend a certain school,” Rose said.

 
  • TK

    Honestly sad and disgusted. I understand the desire to be financially secure but I attend an HBCU and it was the best decision of my life. HBCUs offer you an education and experience no money can buy. #ILoveMyHBCU

  • NB

    That’s Noble, my child attends the middle school and they deterred him from applying to non-Noble schools. I purposely didn’t apply to their high school and somehow got acceptance letter.

  • Mimi

    My daughter attended an HBCU and transferred to a large public university. She said that while she did not regret her decision, the HBCU experience was a better one because her teachers seemed to care more for her and it was a better social match, but thinks the other univ. is better career wise. I attended an HBCU and while i embrace in-state tuition, I encourage HBCU for its grass root experience. We had a joke back in college… if you can graduate from an HBCU, you can do anything!

  • RBG

    I am a graduate from Chicago Bulls College Prep class of 2014, and I understand both sides. I am not on one side of the argument. The student and parent’s side was that they believe that the students should have free range on applying to any school they want to. while, Noble’s side is explaining that they just don’t want students wasting their time and effort on schools that most likely will not give up a lot of money for the student to attend. The truth is at the end of the day, it all comes down to whether or not the family can afford the school and if the student, themselves, want to go to that school.

  • Schlonte’ McGee

    What’s up with this run to the media because I’m not happy mentality? I’m sure the lady didn’t have any complaints when her son was excelling academically. Why try to paint the school in a negative light for trying to do what they were tasked to do from day one?

  • Schlonte’ McGee

    What’s up with this run to the media because I’m not happy mentality? I’m sure the lady didn’t have any complaints when her son was excelling academically. Why try to paint the school in a negative light for trying to do what they were tasked to do from day one?

  • Schlonte’ McGee

    What’s up with this run to the media because I’m not happy mentality? I’m sure the lady didn’t have any complaints when her son was excelling academically. Why try to paint the school in a negative light for trying to do what they were tasked to do from day one?

    • HBCUricky

      I know right? It’s just like those people who be wanting to call 911 when they get shot at too… You wasn’t calling 911 when you were eating cereal last week!

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  • Jasabella Clark

    I came from Chicago Bulls and as a current Junior in another high school, I feel that they don’t give you a chance to be you. As a formal student there I couldn’t say, talk, and act how I feel otherwise you will get punish for it. I can expect this disgusted behavior from this school.
    JC