If you care about the education of your child/children, DO NOT SEND THEM TO THIS SCHOOL. The level of unprofessionalism and failure to accommodate reasonable requests at the administration and office staff level is the worst I have ever experienced. I have been an educator over 13 years and the lack of cooperation at the administration level is by far the most unaccommodating I have ever witnessed. I am a very vocal and outspoken advocate of my child's educational needs. I made a reasonable request to the principal regarding by daughter's placement in August and she refused to accommodate my request of changing her class. My 2nd grader has had an inconsistent educational setting all year. Her original teacher went on maternity leave and decided not to return, which I advised the principal could happen. Before my daughter enrolled at UPREP Ellen Thompson Campus I let the office staff (Ms. Foster) know that her previous school lacked consistency and that she had 3 different teachers during the prior school year. They assured me that things would be different. HOWEVER, THEY WERE NOT!!! My daughter has had 3 different teachers this school year alone and 2 of them have been substitutes.
The elementary Ellen Thompson got a 7 out of 100 rank which is worse than several DPS schools. Type top to bottom ranking Michigan and look up charter schools in Wayne. I found a list of public school academies and am looking for a better school .
I have been in this school since my 7th started kindergarten i went on to enroll 3 more of my kids. Was really looking forward to my kids attending this school. Now I cant wait to get them out. the quality of education has hit such a down fall. They have currently in acted this silent lunch silent breakfast which I think is such a wrong road to take with such young minds. The principal really doesn't interact much with parents. They lose at least 1 to 2 teachers every school year. They do not provide any real extracurricular activities for the children. Every so once in a while the will offer a few "pay for" things which does not even include all grades or even cover giving each grade level the chance to participate in something. They do have a hand full of teachers that are excellent and will stop at nothing to make sure that their class gets a great education those same teachers are very verbal with the parents and will inform parents of anything that needs to be addressed with their child. Some of the staff is very knowledgeable and will go above and beyond to help and communicate with parents, but even with all that it would go much further if they had a principal that cared.
Unless you have an hour to wait in line to pick-up your child , skip this one. School is located on a dead in street. If you get there early enough to find a parking spot they then herd you to the back of the building to a line like cattle , where angry Parents will step in front of you with no thought. Skip this school. I'm looking at other avenues. Every year they change it and it always seems for the worse. They have no clue.
My children have attended this school since it opened and I love the nurturing family environment at this school. The staff and administrators do a good job at teaching the children and holding them accountable for their actions. I would like to see more accelerated courses and higher expectations for the children academically. Most of the children are well behaved and come to school eager to learn--however that's not enough. If our children are going to compete globally, parents need to step up and set higher expectations for our children and demand that they are taught on a world class level. Having a new building with some books should not be enough. Unfortunately, in an urban area such as this, a clean safe building is enough for many parents.
The school has some good things going for it small class size, good math, reading and writing curriculum, and making parents part of thier childs education (as it should be parents). The down side is a very poor science curriculum only 1/2 the year. You think with all the importants of math and science to graduate from highschool it would be different. Another major problem is the highschool choice - you really do not have one UPA highschool has never made AYP so as a parent the best choice is to look for a better alternative. Most teachers at UPA system send thier own kids to other distics Ann arbour, Grosse pointe ect.....
I love UPA. The teacher are very helpful and friendly. I have two chrilden that go to both the elementary and middle school. I like the fact that there's small class size and they take time with their student weather it in school or outside of school. Keep up the good work UPA staff.