University Prep Academy

UPA Middle School

Open Seat: 0
Enrollment: 458
Est: 2000
Grades: 6-8

University Prep Academy (UPA) Middle School is a dynamic learning institution, named in 2012 as a “Beating the Odds” School by the Michigan Department of Education. UPA teachers and administrators are innovative, reliable, and extremely supportive of our students. We are committed to teaching the skills, behaviors, and knowledge necessary for success in college and life beyond the classroom. We incorporate students’ interests in learning activities and we foster opportunities for them to apply what they have learned at UPA to real-world situations. UPA Middle School is rooted in the notion of teaching the whole child – our educators are not only highly qualified, but invest in the idea of getting to know each student on a personal level.

School Operations Manager: Santosha King
School Operations Manager: Santosha King
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Dear UPrep Families,

Greetings and welcome to University Prep Academy Middle School, Home of the Panthers! UPrep is a network of schools focused on academic excellence, promoting student achievement and high behavioral expectations.

The UPA Middle Staff strives to ensure all students experience academic success and know they have champion rooting for them on their academic journey. Our learning environment is a place where our scholars want to be and we encourage them to participate in experiences that will help develop them to be future leaders!

UPA Middle School is celebrating 17 years of educating scholars in the metropolitan Detroit area. We are able to do this by implementing a sound curriculum, empowering students to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and motivated learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century.

We take an active approach in setting high behavioral expectations for our scholars. Our staff builds relationships with students by instilling in our scholars that they are “crew”, not passengers in their academic journey and encouraging our scholars to be leaders of their own learning. Our leadership team, staff and community work with our scholars through “Empower U”. The focus of the program is to promote discovery, make connections in history, connect with culture and discuss social issues.

Our scholars are the reason we are proud to be Panthers at UPA MS. We invite you to visit and learn more about learning community. Visit our site often for recruitment events or schedule a tour of the school!

Thanks for visiting our website!


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U Prep’s core values are developed and harnessed as a means of contributing to the community. Our students take pride in their community and demonstrate their pride through their actions and words. Our visible environment is a reflection of our values.

We ensure our students will be college ready through the development of strong work habits and a growth mindset. Our students understand the significance of a college degree and align their efforts in school with a college-bound trajectory.

Students internalize and value the culture of high expectations within U Prep schools. They reflect on how this culture manifests itself through their academic and character development. Key moments- serve as capstone projects for students.

You can learn more about our curriculum if you visit the academic model page.

The M-STEP is the state of Michigan’s primary test to measure student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies.  Students in third through eighth 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.

Students in grades two through eight are required to take the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in reading and mathematics.  This test is administered three times per year.  In the fall, students take the assessment to receive a baseline score.  They take a winter test to monitor their progress.  After taking their final test in the spring, students’ scores are compared against their fall scores to determine how much growth they have demonstrated throughout the year.  Each test takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Interim Assessments
Administered 3-4 times per year, interim assessments provide information for students and teachers about how well they have mastered grade-level material.  These results give teachers valuable information about how to tailor their instruction to students based on their needs.  Tests generally take about 2 hours per test to complete.

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.

Learning must extend beyond the four walls of a classroom. UPA Middle School offers its students a variety of extracurricular opportunities. Learn More

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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.

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.


UPA Middle School
5310 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 831-0100
Fax: (313) 831-4197
School Director: Aisha Scott
School Operations Manager: Santosha King

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