All students at University Prep Middle School are placed in a “Crew”. These students and one highly qualified teacher (who we call a Crew Leader) remain together for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The Crew Leader is the student’s key mentor at school. The Crew Leader works with the student and parent to facilitate Learning Team meetings, set goals and expectations for the school year and support student to obtain academic success. Crew is the key means by which we implement our one-student-at-a-time approach. Because students remain with each other and their Crew leader 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 maximize opportunities for learning. 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.

Students also receive instruction in four of their core classes (English, Math, Science and Social Studies). In addition, students participate in one hour of elective classes every day. These options include: Foreign Language, Orchestra, Modern Dance, and Physical Education.


Learning must extend beyond the four walls of a classroom. UPA Middle School offers its students a variety of extracurricular opportunities. The following are offered as extracurricular activities at University Prep Middle School:

  • Before and After School Child Care operated by the Farmington YMCA
  • Afterschool tutoring in reading, writing and math
  • Future U in Partnership with U of M Ann Arbor
  • Study Abroad
  • Yearbook Club
  • SWAG Mentoring Program
  • Girls’ Volleyball
  • Spanish Club
  • Peer Mediation Corps
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Student Council
  • Service Squad
  • Pretty Brown Girls
  • Fearless Father’s
  • Newspaper Writing
  • Empowerment Monday’s
  • School Announcements
  • Robotics Club
  • Dance Club
  • Beauty of U
  • Say Detroit Play

For a Schedule of After School events, click here.


Learn more about the attendance and tardiness policies enforced at UPA Middle School. Maintaining regular and timely school attendance is critical to academic achievement and school success. The charts below outline parent and staff/advisor responsibilities regarding student attendance and tardiness.


School begins promptly at 8:15 A.M. It is imperative that all students arrive to school on time for optimal learning. When students are late, they miss instruction, which affects academic achievement. In addition the morning lessons are disrupted for all and routines cannot be established. This is also consistent with removing your student early from school.