University Prep Science & Math

UPSM Elementary School – Sidney D. Miller Campus

Open Seat: 0
Est: 2013
Grades: K-5
Enrollment: 515

University Prep Science & Math (UPSM) Elementary School is an Expeditionary Learning School. Our educational model inspires and motivates students to become active learners who are engaged, focused and motivated during the learning process. Through educational experiences that are hands on, challenging and meaningful, students reach higher levels of achievement and engagement. With an emphasis on character development, focus and effort, our students become leaders of their own learning. We provide a model that challenges all students and encourages them to think critically. We have a school culture where students feel safe, respected, and are continuously inspired to be their best selves. We are a community of true learners.

School Operations Manager: Georgan Redmond
School Operations Manager: Georgan L. Redmond
School Director Shena Scott-Hill
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Welcome to University Prep Science & Math Elementary-Sidney D. Miller Campus.

University Prep Science & Math is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) focused school offering students a truly, well-rounded educational experience. We opened our doors August 2013 in the former historic Miller High School in Lafayette Park.  Our amazing, highly qualified and certified staff, strive to build trusting relationships with each student and a community of collaborative, respectful learners in which we call “Crew.” 

As Crew members, we strive to be at our personal best. We support one another, serve as role models, enjoy each other, share words of wisdom, explore our character traits and lay the foundation for creating a respectful caring environment, where members feel a sense of belonging.

With a paraprofessional teacher in every class, we have some of the lowest teacher to student ratios in the state. Having two qualified teachers in class enables us to deliver instruction with a more personalized approach.

As an Expeditionary Learning school, we strive to inspire motivation to learn, draw students into deeper levels of thinking and focus, and encourage students to become leaders of their own learning. Our model challenges all students with high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. Learning at UPSM is hands on, engaging and meaningful which is achieved through long-term study projects called expeditions. In addition to the core subjects, our program offers art, music, physical education, musicals and a collaborative partnership with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit; our in house residents.

We at UPSM embrace families as their child’s first teacher and work to build positive relationships in order to effectively serve as an educational partner. Through our parent group all parents/guardians have an opportunity to participate in decision making processes and work in unison to advance achievement for all students.  It is through our deliberate partnership with families we are able to truly maximize student learning outcome. Bring your gifts, talents and strengths to make UPSM Elementary the best place for all children.

Mrs. Shena Hill-Scott, School Director 


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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.

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.

UPSM Elementary School students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities early on in their academic career. Learn More
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 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
Assistant Director of Food Services
University Prep Schools

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


UPSM Elementary School – Sidney D. Miller Campus
2251 Antietam
Detroit, MI 48207

Phone: (313) 782-4400
Fax: (313) 265-3928
School Director:  Shena Hill-Scott
School Operations Manager: Georgan L. Redmond

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