Urban Preparatory Academy Wichita Institute
Private Elementary School
The only African American private school in the state of Kansas has a robust waiting list and is empowering more students with a strong foundation based on 21st century skills. The entrepreneurial Pastor Wade Moore, whose journey started as one of 9 kids in the Delta, growing up in a strong community among his grandparents, descendants of enslaved parents, who taught him self-sufficiency and to care for their neighbors no matter what their condition. He started UP to duplicate for others the community that taught him as a child. All students start with a foundation of principles, excellence, character and how they conduct themselves daily. With plans to scale to 12th grade and open a second campus, Moore will work to improve the state’s failing charter school law so that families’ tax dollars can follow them to the school of their choice. Oh, and his kids say the pledge of allegiance every morning, because he thinks America is the best country on earth.