Alex G., Bronzeville

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The father of six children, Alex G. has perfected the system. Growing up, Alex’s own parents instilled the idea that education is the linchpin of success. His father, an African-American man born in 1895, attended college and his mother always told him he could be whatever he wanted to be, as long as he studied and worked hard. 

Because of the importance of education to his family, Alex attended parochial elementary and high schools that offered him the best academic opportunities. While school opened his mind, the walks to and from school were often dangerous, “Yes, gangs were a part of life even then,” he says. However, he wouldn’t let fear get in the away of his education, which ultimately prepared him for Yale, Northwestern, and Pepperdine. 

For his own children, Alex knew that sending his kids to great schools would mean that they would have the best shot at a highly-selective university and a successful life.  

Each school was carefully chosen to support entrance to college and to become successful in the adult world. “It’s too late to think about kindergarten when your kid is four. You should start looking into those schools as soon as they’re born,” he warns other parents.   

By the time his youngest was starting school, he knew where he wanted to send her for elementary, middle, and high school—though he still made sure to listen to her own desires as she grew. “It's important for a child's voice to be heard and attend schools that fit their personality.”

Because of his own experiences, Alex looks for schools with high-quality instruction, committed teachers, and a safe environment—which he believes are all equally important when it comes to student outcomes.