University Prep Art & Design = Art & Design Pathway

As an innovative leader in urban education, U Prep scholars in grades K-12 are prepared for a world full possibilities. Since our inception 21 years ago, U Prep Schools has lived up to its promise of achieving a 90% high school graduation and 90% college acceptance rate of all high school seniors. This promise, known as the Detroit 90/90 promise, is one of U Prep’s oldest and most distinctive defining differences.

Another defining difference is our continued commitment to deliver a culturally responsive and rigorous education resulting in engaged and independent learners who are equipped with the tools to achieve academic success. As a resource rich learning community, U Prep provides scholars with hands-on and unique learning opportunities that provide exposure to a variety of career pathways in art, design, science, math, civics and law. Through these experiences scholars are inspired to learn and develop an awareness of what is possible in life. Click Here to learn more about our Pathways to include the new The Ford Law Career Academy!

All U Prep Schools are located in the heart of the Detroit and are state-of-the-art learning centers providing scholars with a safe, clean and nurturing environment that is ripe for learning. We pride ourselves on our culture and live by a set of core values making U Prep one of the most highly sought after schools in the city.

We welcome you to attend an Open House to learn more about our program and how we prepare scholars for college and career.

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UPAD High School Offerings

  • Anime Club
  • CCS Bridge Program
  • CCS First Connect 
  • Detroit Food Academy
  • Detroit Lions Redefine
  • GENTS Male Mentoring Program
  • Illustration Art Club
  • Math 4 Success
  • Mustang Athletic Program (athletic competitive sports: volleyball, cross country, basketball, cheer, softball, baseball, track & field)
  • Project Healthy Schools
  • Senior Mastery Process Internship Placement 
  • UPAD National Honors Society
  • UPAD National Art Honor Society 

To view and download our handbook, code of conduct, and other important schools documents click here.

In a city with a history of having low high school graduation rates, the founders of U Prep Schools wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and in the delivery of education in Detroit. 

As one of the oldest and largest charter schools in the city, U Prep Schools was founded based on the belief that measurable outcomes will guide us in the work that we do.

Aligning with the schools’ mission of ensuring that students are prepared for college and to achieve success in life, the founders, board, school leaders, and faculty made a promise that 90% of the students served will graduate and be accepted to a college of their choice. This promise, known as the Detroit 90/90 Promise has been consistently measured and achieved for the past 20 years.

Known as innovators in urban education, the Detroit 90/90 Promise is U Prep’s oldest and most distinctive defining difference.

Contact University Prep Art & Design – High School

485 W. Milwaukee Ave.
Detroit, MI. 48202

Phone: (313) 481-4000
Fax: (313) 481-4001

School Director: Joseph E. Hines II

School Director: Joseph E. Hines II

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