All students at University Prep High School are placed in an Advisory group of 17 students. These students and one highly qualified teacher (who we call an Advisor) remain together for two years. They have one Advisor and group of classmates for their 9th and 10th grade years, when they are in Junior Institute, and then they are placed with a new Advisor and group of classmates for 11th and 12th grade, when they are in Senior Institute.
The Advisor is the student’s key mentor at school. The Advisor works with the student and parent to create each student’s individual Learning Plan and helps each student and parent successfully participate in all school activities. Advisory is the key means by which we implement our one-student-at-a-time approach. Because students remain with each other and their Advisor for multiple years, we are able to offer them a very predictable, stable classroom environment that supports everyone investing maximum effort in learning. Teachers get to know each student very well, and this helps maximize opportunities for learning. Students get to know each other very well, developing strong support systems for one another. Most students describe their Advisory like a “second family.” Students, parents, and teachers build strong, collaborative relationships that are used to accelerate the development of every individual student. At the start of the second year, students know exactly what to expect. They have developed a strong bond with their teacher and peers, and everyone can get deeply involved in learning from day one.
All High School students also receive instruction from their Advisor in either Language Arts and/or Social Studies. They receive instruction in Science and Math courses from teachers with special training in those areas. Students also participate in one hour of elective classes every day. Elective offerings include: Orchestra, Percussion Class, Choir, Visual Art, Physical Education, Spanish, French, and supplementary reading and math classes.
In an effort to further the notion that learning extends beyond the confines of the classroom, UPSM High School offers a robust lineup of extracurricular activities including: