I'm an undergraduate at Princeton University. I am where I am today because this school challenged me to think and be creative. I have been with this school as a student since the first year it opened and recently graduated from UPA. The beauty of this school is that if you are passionate about a particular group (in my case Science Olympiad) and it isn't on campus, then you can make one. This challenge to create, manage, and run a club really pushes you to your limits in terms of leadership, management, and skill. Plus, it allows you to foster your passion and find out if a certain subject like science is something that you feel strongly about. The lack of groups on campus means that there are endless opportunities to start them. Academically, it is rigorous, but rewarding. If you want to succeed then this is the place to go.
Very impressed with the school. The staff is top-notch and extremely dedicated. The facilities are great. Best of all, the student population is great since the school is self-selected by the kids/parents who value academics.
This is not the perfect school for everyone. If your child is big into HS sports such as football and baseball, look elsewhere. However, imagine the difference in the environment for a school that doesn't have either of these programs... there are positive implications I don't need to spell out. This school has an academic atmosphere; teachers are simply outstanding, expectations are high, class rooms are named after top colleges and universities, and importantly graduation requirements are higher than other schools - 2 AP classes, and 3 years of Spanish are required. If your child attends and they and both parents take the program seriously, they will be prepared for college. Period.
Teaching staff is first rate. Very flexible and willing to support their students. Agree with other reviews about poor office staffing and difficulty getting through to someone during/after school hours-which is bad in emergency situations as we found. Teachers do not have phones in their classrooms, sometimes you cannot find your child. Also agree with other reviews that the Principal does not follow through on promises. Another negative, there is rarely time to access technology labs after school hours so students can progress on their work. Unfortunately, there is very poor parent participation with the number of families who attend, primarily the same volunteers show up, and very low numbers join PTSO for minimal dollar amount, which is just sad.
This will be my fourth year going into UPA, I am going into the 10th grade. While in the beginning I felt that the school lacked in sports, organization and communication, it had become better and better over the years. While there have been times where the school slips up, its very normal like with any regular school. There are some things that could improve about the school, it is hard to do so with the limitations and lack of resources that are available to them. -Priya M.
UPA have just posted their Academic Performance Index (API) score of 859...this one of the highest UPI score here in the Santa Clara county and they can certainly be proud to be a member of high performance schools that are located in Palo Alto and Cupertino area. UPA is a young school (less than 4 years old) but they're already showing their potential to be one of great school here in San Jose and Santa Clara county. CONGRATULATIONS UPA!!!
I have been at this school since the first year it has opened. I am currently a junior and I like UPA. It has a small class atmosphere which helps students receive the attention they need from teachers. Small school=Better learning, Big school=Bigger drama, less individualism. This is a school that challenges your skills and definitely prepares you for College! Congrats UPA for your API of 859! -Alec G.
The initial meeting was great, all of the talk from all the staff was great but NO follow through. I have spoken to 2 other parents who have removed their children from this school. Sounds good in theory to have a small charter school, smaller classrooms, but the support from front office staff is non existent.
Lots of promises with no or little delivery. We've been extremely disappointed with the way the administration addresses and handles problems. UPA sounds good on paper and administration are good at talking in circles without actually addressing parent/student concerns.
My son did 7th and is now in 8th. He is having fun and doing well in academics. I hear there have been a couple of teachers who are not able to control classrooms, but most teachers are excellent and doing a great job. UPA started sports and gym in 2009, so now it's an excellent choice.
We are very pleased with the progress and growth my son made in his 7th and 8th grades in 2008-2010. He has been a honor roll student for several years and he continued to shine at UPA with enough challenging coursework. Our neighborhood public school does not provide so much of personalization of coursework. My son also gained a lot of confidence and leadership skills with participation in several co-curricular activities (music, arts, avid, basketball, PE, tech, etc). We never knew that he had any interest in arts and drawing, but this school (thanks to Ms Crump) helped him discover his own talent and now he has become passionate about painting and arts producing superb work to our pleasant surprise. Thank you UPA!
UPA is an excellent school, probably the best I've been to so far. It provides a good academic environment, and a good social environment too. I skipped 6th grade and went straight to 7th here, and even though I was younger than most of the students, i did well in this school.
My son had been on the honor roll for the last 3 year prior to entering this school. At the end of the year he was average. Majority of the teachers have no idea how to manage a classroom and the principal did a lot of talking but no follow through. The philosophy they preached sounds amazing but that isn t at all what they are offering. I was so disappointed.
I am extremely pleased with this school. My daughter has became an honor roll student,loves school, and very disiplined with her life and studies.
UPA is providing an excellent opportunity for our children to prepare for entrance to college. They provide individualized instruction in a small setting.
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