University Prep Art & Design

University Prep Art & Design Elementary School

Open Seat: 0
Est: 2005
Grades: k-5
Enrollment: 400

Creativity. College. Career.

It all starts here!

Public School Academies of Detroit’s has a relentless focus on giving young students the building blocks they need for success in creativity, college and career:

  • The ability to read, write and do math at or above grade level.
  • A firm foundation in art and design.
  • The desire and tools to work together in creative ways to solve real human problems.
  • An enduring love of learning.

UPAD Elementary School serves approximately 380 students from kindergarten through 5th grade. As a public charter school, all enrolled students attend tuition-free. Academic ability is not a factor in

What Parents are Saying:

“UPAD Elementary School’s staff and curriculum have provided my son with support and encouragement to reach his fullest potential. I have seen a tremendous growth in my son beyond what we thought possible. The staff is dedicated, caring and engaged to a degree I have never seen before in any school setting…”
Read on…

Our K-12 district has received national recognition for our innovative learning practices.

Principal: Brimage
School Director: Felicia Brimage
UPAD:ES School Operations Manager:
School Operations Manager:
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Dear UPAD Elementary School Families:

It is such an honor to welcome all of you to the 2018-19 school year at Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School! Hopefully, the summer has provided you with many amazing opportunities to explore the world, spend time with family and also to simply, relax. We are gearing up for an incredible school year, the staff and I are excited for all of you to see the fantastic new additions within our school community. One of the many changes is our new addition to the family. The UPAD District is now a part of the Detroit 90/90 Network of Schools. Our network includes our sister districts, University Preparatory Academy and University Prep – Science and Math. We currently stand – 10 schools strong – as the second largest K-12 district in Detroit!

We are pleased to welcome back one of our founding family members, Sarah Feldman. She has returned after her four year teaching and leadership experience in California. We are also happy to have gained another leadership team member from our extended family, U-prep Schools. Shanay Gilchrist comes to us with several years of teaching and leadership experience as well. They are the two newest members of or school’s leadership team, in the role of Instructional Coaches.

It is my role as your Principal to ensure that all scholars are receiving more than the grade level
standards. At UPAD we encourage our scholars to explore their character traits, spark design thinking, and continually engage them culturally, through relevant learning experiences. We want to invoke them to pursue their dreams, aspirations, and passions. As we enter into the school year, I am prepared to make a positive impact on your scholar’s life to ensure that they develop into lifelong learners.

We are dedicated to promoting a loving and caring environment; high innovative academic expectations for all children, and providing supportive systems to assure that those expectations are met for every person in our village – our scholars, staff members and you. As demands of teaching children increases, it becomes more apparent that we all need to work together to ensure that our scholars reach their full potential. We cannot do this work alone. Our community consists of you too – the Parents.

Therefore, we must take attendance seriously. Scholars must arrive and leave on time in order to be successful. We ask that you partner with us and support your child’s learning by ensuring the following:

  • Bring your scholar to school on time by 8:25 AM everyday
  • Make sure that your scholar is in full uniform, daily
  • Create a homework station and time for homework to be completed
  • K-5 are all self-contained classes this year. 3rd-5th will no longer switch classes and it’s important to develop positive relationships and communicate with your child’s teacher
  • Create a consistent at home schedule for scholars to follow daily
  • Be engaged and present in your child’s education

If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Operations Manager, Ms. Buchanan in the Welcome Center at 313-826-1159. I look forward to having a long-lasting and rewarding relationship with you and your family.


Felicia Brimage,
School Director


November 2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • C.A.R.E.S Rally
  • Parents As Partners Meeting
  • Parents As Partners Meeting
  • CARES CREW Rally
  • Early Release (Staff Stay Until 5:30)
  • U of M vs. MSU Day! - Represent Your Team with Jeans for $2
  • Picture Day
  • UPAD ES - Skating Party @ Northland Roller Rink! 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Scholar Achievement Awards
  • Mustang Buck Store Open for Business
  • School-wide Thankful Festival

UPrep’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 UPrep 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.

Frequently Accessed Curriculum Resources

Creativity. College. Career. It all starts here.

Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (UPAD: Elementary School) is designed to develop students who perform well in traditional academic settings and possess a rare and extremely valuable capacity – the ability to work together in creative ways to solve real-life human problems. Our students will read, write and do math at grade level or above and will have a strong foundation in art and creativity and the thinking skills that will fuel success in the rest of their education and life beyond school.

Students at UPAD: Elementary School study everything required by the State of Michigan as outlined in the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, they learn the processes and ways of approaching problems of “design thinkers.” This means that they have many experiences exploring real-life problems and learning a specific way to understand and solve those problems. This allows students to apply the skills and information they are learning in their other studies in an interesting and real way.
The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Small class sizes are important to student learning. In grades K-1, the targeted class size is 16:1. In grades 2-5, the targeted average class size is 21:1.

All of our students receive instruction daily in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, led by a highly qualified teacher who is certified in the State of Michigan.

Students participate in visual arts, physical education, music, health and technology programs. Morning Meeting and recess are other important daily experiences. Latchkey is available before and after school through the Farmington Hills YMCA’s School Age Child Care program.


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.

Early Literacy Assessments

The early literacy screeners are used for students in grades K-3 to identify potential reading challenges.  They are a required component of our assessment program, and the results are used to inform conversations between administrators, teachers, and parents about student’s’ progress.  The tests are administered in two phases–an initial screening test and a diagnostic test to help identify specific areas for support.


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.

Clubs and After School Activities

At UPAD Elementary, students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities early on in their academic career, Learn More Here.

Note: We offer breakfast from 7:30 am to 8:00 am

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 UPrep 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

Student Handbook
The UPAD: ES Student Handbook is a guide to assist students and parents in understanding our school’s policies and procedures. It is the responsibility of all staff, students, and their parents/guardians, to become familiar with the Student Handbook. Download the 2019-20 UPAD District Student/Family Handbook here.

Frequently Used Documents

Click here to access our digital campus and find additional important school documents.


University Prep Art & Design Elementary School
10225 Third Street
Detroit, MI. 48202
(313) 826-1159

Phone: (313) 826-1159

School Director/Principal: Felicia Brimage
School Operations Manager: