University Prep Academy

UPA High School

Open Seat: 0
Enrollment: 587
Est: 2003
Grades: 9-12

University Prep Academy (UPA) High School continues to be one of the premier high schools in the metropolitan Detroit area. The academically challenging, college preparatory curriculum includes rigorous liberal arts and sciences-focused coursework, pre-advance placement (AP) and AP classes, along with an array of both academic and athletic extracurricular programs. UPA High School is dedicated to ensuring our students are college-ready, through a commitment to academic excellence and a promise that every child should have the access, opportunity and experience necessary to achieve their dreams.

Picture of School Director Derrick Kellam
School Director: Derrick Kellam
Picture of School Operations Manager (S.O.M.) Carmen Dotch
School Operations Manager: Carmen Dotch
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Dear University Prep Academy High School Students and Parents:

“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” This quote by Aristotle captures the wide-ranging benefits that a quality education adds to one’s life. Through good times education is an instrument to catapult ourselves to greater heights and through bad times it is a tool to position ourselves for a speedy recovery. University Prep Academy High School has been providing students with a quality education for over a decade, and I am honored to become a part of that legacy.

My name is Derrick L. Kellam, and I am the new School Director (Principal) at University Prep Academy High School. I will work alongside Assistant School Director Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbell, with our dedicated UPA family to continue striving towards our goal of being an exemplary school in Midtown Detroit where all students master concepts and develop skills essential for success in college and career. We will achieve this by consistently and intentionally upholding our core values:

  • We care about people.
  • We make learning exciting.
  • We think BIG and do.
  • We work well individually and in teams.
  • We are purposeful with our actions.

I want you to know I am deeply committed to meeting our mission: “To prepare students for success in life.” However, we will certainly fall short of this mission without the engagement and support of our UPA High School families. I look forward to connecting with each family this year and working together to support our young scholars

Sincerely,
Derrick L. Kellam
PANTHER PRIDE!!!.


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We’re a proud team of diverse professionals working tirelessly toward the common goal of impacting real change in public education.

When you join our Crew, you’ll find an office culture that mirrors our philosophy for what works in the classroom. After all, it’s not just students who thrive in an environment built on collaboration, challenging work, acceptance, a “growth-mindset” and joy; grown-ups need it too!

We are an organization 100+ Crew members strong, and though we don’t all work in the same time zone, it’s not uncommon to join a colleague for a “virtual lunch” via video. Ours is a connected community of passionate thought partners whose work is inspired by students, teachers, schools, and each other.

You can learn more about our curriculum if you visit the academic model page.
SAT
The SAT is given to all 11th grade students in the spring of their junior year.  This is a statewide test, meaning that all 11th graders in Michigan take the test on the same day, usually in early April.  This test is also a college entrance examination.  The SAT is composed of three main sections–Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Mathematics, and an essay.

ACT WorkKeys
This assessment is part of the state-required tests for high school students.  It is completed by all eleventh graders in the state in early April.  The test measures a student’s ability to apply the skills and concepts they have learned to everyday situations.  It is not the same as the ACT, which many students used to take as their college entrance exam.

MME
The MME is the state of Michigan’s primary test to measure high school student achievement in science and social studies.  Students in eleventh grade complete the test every spring, and parents usually receive results the following fall.  Students’ scores provide information about how well they have mastered grade-level material.  This is a computerized test.

NMSQT
All students in 11th grade take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) in early October.  This test is identical to the PSAT and includes many of the concepts that appear on the SAT.  The test is slightly shorter than the full-length SAT.  Students may qualify for recognition and scholarships based on their NMSQT scores.

PSAT
The PSAT is given to all students in grades nine and ten.  It includes many of the concepts that appear on the SAT, but the test is shorter.  Students take one PSAT in the fall, one in the winter to gauge their progress, and one in the spring to demonstrate how much they have grown throughout the school year.  Students can use this information to begin planning for college, and teachers use the information to make adjustment in their courses.

WIDA
For students who are learning English as a second language, the WIDA test is administered to determine progress in the acquisition of the English language.  The test is formatted differently for different ages, and it generally includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening components.  The results from the WIDA inform a student’s placement and level of services for English language learners.

At UPA High School, students are encouraged to follow their passions. Thus, we offer students a variety of extracurricular opportunities. Learn More.

Food Service Quick Links

Dear University Prep Parents,

As the new Food Service Director for University Prep Schools, it is my mission to ensure we provide a high-quality school lunch program to every student every day.

As a parent with two children, I understand how difficult it can be to make lunch on the fly or wonder if they are even going to eat what you pack them. While I support your any parent who chooses  to prepare their children’s lunch, I also want you to have confidence in the school lunch program that we are providing in the building.

With this in mind, for the 2017/18 school year and I am proud to announce some exciting enhancements to our University Prep food service program! This year our organization has selected Variety Food Services Inc. to serve our young scholars nutritional meals.

Variety has over sixteen (16) years experience providing meals in child nutrition programs that include breakfast, lunch snacks and after school supper. Variety has consistently met the strict USDA nutritional standards for each meal type via annual SMI Nutritional Reviews conducted by the Michigan Department of Education.

Variety’s K-12, breakfast and lunch menus strictly comply with the USDA’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and they consistently incorporate the use of fresh fruits and vegetables (both hot and cold) every week in monthly menus. Additionally, variety has never introduced any fried foods into their programs.

I take tremendous pride in my job and believe school menus are an opportunity to model good nutrition and encourage healthy eating practices. I will work with Variety to provide our U Prep scholars with nutrition information such as an explanation of calories and intake, the dangers of fad diets and nutrition, and the importance of a balanced diet.

In regards to quality assurance I will conduct quarterly food service progress reports, monitor delivery standards, provide lunch staff with robust training and be vigilant about special dietary needs for individual students.
Also, this year our University Prep school menus will contain the following important food nutrition facts:

  • Calories
  • Calories from fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fat grams
  • Fat percentage
  • Saturated fat
  • Protein

I thank you for your continued support of our program, and I welcome feedback and ideas throughout the year.

Cheers!
Sandra Collier
Director of Food Services
University Prep Schools

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

University Prep Academy (UPA) High School continues to be one of the premier high schools in the metropolitan Detroit area. The academically challenging, college preparatory curriculum includes rigorous liberal arts and sciences-focused coursework, pre-advance placement (AP) and AP classes, along with an array of both academic and athletic extracurricular programs. UPA High School is dedicated to ensuring our students are college-ready, through a commitment to academic excellence and a promise that every child should have the access, opportunity and experience necessary to achieve their dreams.


CONTACT US

UPA High School
600 Antoinette
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 874-4340
Fax: (313) 874-4470
School Director: Derrick Kellam

Assistant School Director: Sharon Hopkins  
Assistant School Director: Elizabeth Hubbell

School Operations Manager : Carmen Dotch

UPA High School - Staff Directory
FULL NAME - TITLE - SCHOOL
Agnello, Cristina - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Baker, Jamiecee - High School English - University Prep - High School
Ball, Loran - High School English - University Prep - High School
Briscoe, Michelle - High School Dance - University Prep - High School
Brown, Briana - Receptionist - University Prep - High School
Bull-Davie, Elizabeth - High School English - University Prep - High School
Burley, Bridgette - P E Teacher - University Prep - High School
Bush, Joe - Restorative Justice Coor. - University Prep - High School
Carter, Pamella - High school Science - University Prep - High School
Chall, Rachel - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Czaiczynski, Michael - High School English - University Prep - High School
Daniels, LaToya - High School English - University Prep - High School
Davis, Tavia - High School English - University Prep - High School
Dotch, Carmen - School Operations Mgr - University Prep - High School
Estep, Amber - High School Math - University Prep - High School
Feight, Joshua - High School Math - University Prep - High School
Foote, Brittany - College Prep Coordinatr - University Prep - High School
Guedes, Alain - High School English - University Prep - High School
Hopkins, Sharon - Assistant School Director - University Prep - High School
Hubbell, Elizabeth - Assistant School Director - University Prep - High School
Hudnall, Gevonchai - High School Math - University Prep - High School
Isaac, Tess - High School Science - University Prep - High School
Jeffries, Deborah - Receptionist - University Prep - High School
Johal-Hunt, Suki - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Johnson, Amanda - High school Science - University Prep - High School
Johnson, Clinisha - Receptionist - University Prep - High School
Kellam, Derrick - School Director - University Prep - High School
Kutchey, Stefen - High School Biology - University Prep - High School
Lawrence, Jerry - Dean of Culture - University Prep - High School
Lipscomb, Charles - High School - University Prep - High School
Mclaren, Matthew - High School English - University Prep - High School
Nicholson, Shelayla - High School Math - University Prep - High School
Pearson, Aisha - - University Prep - High School
Petrucci, Elayne - High School Drama - University Prep - High School
Phillips, Emily - High school Science - University Prep - High School
Ray, Marvin - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Reebel, Jacob - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Schiltz, Amanda - High school Science - University Prep - High School
Smylor, Monica - Instructional Coach - University Prep - High School
Staperfenne, Tom - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Stewart, Sarah - High School Social Studies - University Prep - High School
Systermann, Dean - High School Math - University Prep - High School
Szpara, Carolynne - HIgh School Art - University Prep - High School
Taylor, Kimberly - High School Spanish - University Prep - High School
Vogel, Dante - High School Math - University Prep - High School
Whitley, Celica - Social Worker - University Prep - High School
Winters-Hurst, Marcia - Learning Specialist - University Prep - High School
Yono, Melanie - High School English - University Prep - High School
Zerki, Domini - High school Science - University Prep - High School
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