ZOO at The U! Announcing the zoology studies program at UPSM High School.

 Detroit Zoological Society and University Prep Science & Math High School Announced First-Ever Zoology and Aquarium Program for Students 

  • Detroit’s U Prep Schools first in City to have Zoology and Aquarium Program with Detroit Zoological Society
  • Program to begin 2019-2020 academic year; courses designed towards earning a college degree in zoological and aquarium studies
  • Announcement celebration took place today at Michigan Science Center with officials and students

DETROIT – 30 April 2019 – Today, University Prep Science & Math High School and Detroit Zoological Society announced a first-ever Zoology and Aquarium Program for students. The new partnership and program with U Prep is the first of its kind in Detroit and is a dynamic, hands-on course that crosses grade levels 9-12. The program will begin at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Mark Ornstein, CEO, University Prep Schools, Danielle Jackson, Chief Academic Officer, University Prep Schools and Claire Lannoye-Hall, Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society made the announcement on Tuesday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m. on the Exhibit Stage at the Michigan Science Center to 150 University Prep Science & Math (UPSM) Middle School eighth-grade students who will have the opportunity to enter the program this upcoming fall as freshmen. Officials also announced the five UPSM Middle School eighth graders who were selected to receive scholarships to a summer zoo intensive. 

This one-of-a-kind academic program is structured much like a four-year college degree, and only a select number of students will be taken in each year. Students will engage in the program as a specialty, a set of courses designed not only towards earning a college degree in zoological and aquarium studies, but will also place students on a career path in each arena. Developed with the support of the Detroit Zoological Society, the program will enroll 20-25 students and includes academic discourse and lecture, labs and field experiences. 

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the Detroit Zoological Society and bring this first of its kind program to our students at University Prep Science & Math High School,” said Mark Ornstein, CEO of University Prep Schools. “Our partnership illustrates the importance of providing students growth opportunities inside and outside of the classroom; and offers an experience only found at U Prep Schools.’’ 

About University Prep Schools 

Known as one of Detroit’s longest-standing tuition-free and non-profit public charter school systems, University Prep Schools encompasses nine campuses serving K-12 students from all corners of the city and beyond with the 90/90 Promise, which guarantees that 90 percent or more graduate and 90 percent or more are accepted to college. U Prep’s campuses were built by the Thompson Educational Foundation whose initiatives are focused on creating educational opportunities for Detroit youth.

About the Detroit Zoological Society 

The Detroit Zoological Society – a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo – is recognized as a leader in conservation, animal welfare and sustainability as well as providing sanctuary for animals in need of rescue. With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to more than 2,500 animals representing 280 species. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit and provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community. For hours, prices, directions and other information, call 248-541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.