How Chattanooga's new all-boys charter school plans to help students succeed

How Chattanooga's new all-boys charter school plans to help students succeed

How Chattanooga's new all-boys charter school plans to help students succeed

"Nothing can stop him, he's all the way up!"

Boys clad in khakis and ties, sweatshirts with "PREP" written in bold letters and dress shoes shout from their seats in a cafeteria in Chattanooga's Highland Park neighborhood.

"Nothing can stop him, HE'S ALL THE WAY UP!"

The 65 sixth-grade boys shout these song lyrics as their math teacher waves a wrestling championship-style belt in his arms and pumps the boys to scream louder.

"D.J., D.J., D.J., D.J., D.J.!"

The cafeteria erupts as one of their peers, shorter than many of them with a tight haircut, climbs atop a chair to receive the "Grit Belt" that Chattanooga Preparatory School faculty members award to a different student each week.

They don't choose the boy with the highest grades or the most basketball hoops made in gym, they pick the boy who has worked the hardest, participated in class the most and acted as a role model to his peers — the boy who has shown responsibility, resiliency and grit...

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