I'm a student at UPA and this ins my second year and I'm in the 7th grade and I think is school is great because they understand your strengths and weaknesses in subjects. I like how they get you ready for college and I appreciate how they have after school tutoring in all subjects.
Some teachers give out assignments with
30-65+ questions, and expect the student to finish it all in one night and if a student does the teacher tells the student that they are given another day to finish it and keep doing the same thing until its actually the due date to turn it in.
This school does NOT develop honesty and fairness within the students. Students are treated in such a bad way. Students are stranded from doing anything. This school is so called supposed to be a Expeditionary Learning school when students are supposed to go "outside the school building and learn new things" This school isn't for everyone but if you child have bad behavior I recommend sending them to this school.
Students do not receive much freedom. Students are not given enough field trips.
The Academic core values are pointless.
The uniform policy is very strict and frustrating. Certain staff members are very disrespectful to the students. The school is a very depressing place. I do not recommend anyone enrolling their child into this school. Students have to tuck their shirts in regardless of sex. Students have to wear all black shoes. Students can only wear a fleece with a Uprep logo on it. Its really a lot going on with this school don't believe the hype.
My daughter has attended UPA for the past 3 years. She has had the pleasure of being taught by several quality teachers, that really care! Unfortunately, administration lacks compassion and often hurl insult the children.
High teacher turnover, inconsistencies in instruction, and numerous safety concerns. Ammunition found in school and student brought a gun on campus February 2015. Officials became aware of weapon March 9, 2015, one month later. Students/Parents are often treated as insignificant. School officials tout on schools success 10 years ago. No textbooks for STEM courses.
The staff are some of the best I've seen , the problem lays with when a teacher is absent. The pool of replacement teachers is wanting. One use's very profane language to the students and the school wishes to keep her on.
This school has excellent organization and leadership. Doug Ross works hard to offer the best middle school experience. The entire staff keeps the student first. Students acheive in a welcoming and supportive environment. Parents are treated with respect and are encouraged to get involved. The children have classes in art, music, foreign language and life skills. After school clubs and tutoring are availabe. I would recommend this school because they consider the whole child. I have had two grandaughters there. One is now in high school and the other is in the eighth grade.