A K-12 University Prep Schools district, University Prep Science and Math (UPSM) is dedicated to preparing its students for the world around them. Through a combination of the Expeditionary Learning model and a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) curriculum, our students are uniquely positioned to be competitive in the classroom and beyond. From early elementary through high school, UPSM provides academic excellence through rigorous, age-appropriate math and science courses, along with personalized learning plans, and hands-on, community-based experiences.
High School graduation and post-secondary education are the surest pathways to a stable and fulfilling life. At University Prep Science & Math, we believe that it is the responsibility of a great school district to partner with families, to provide students with everything they need to graduate and succeed in post-secondary education. We strongly believe that all students can succeed, given personalized education and a relentless commitment to their success. We have studied successful schools around the country and around the world, and have drawn upon their lessons to shape the UPA model, a clear alternative to the mass production, factory-based model of most urban schools.
UPA’s campuses were built by the Thompson Foundation whose mission is to help low-income people rise out of poverty and become self-sufficient. Many of the foundation’s initiatives are focused on creating educational opportunities for Detroit youth. This includes funding scholarships to colleges and universities such as Schoolcraft, Michigan Tech University and Michigan State University. Robert and Ellen Thompson formed the Thompson Foundation in 1999 with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Thompson-McCully Company, Michigan’s largest asphalt paving company. Visit thompsonfdn.org
Known as one of Detroit’s longest-standing tuition-free public charter school systems, University Prep Schools (U Prep Schools) encompasses two districts and seven campuses serving K-12 students from all corners of the city. Through a combination of individualized and Expeditionary Learning models, U Prep Schools’ students are afforded the unique opportunity to learn in an environment that extends education beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.
U PREP SCHOOLS’ PURPOSE
We prepare students for success in life.