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University Prep Academy - High School

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Quick facts

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Grades Served 9th -12th
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Enrollment 560 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:00 am - 3:20 pm
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Before/After Care No/No
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Uniform Yes
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Accepting New Students Yes arrow_downward See below
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Student/Teacher Ratio 16:1

Enrollment Deadline

May 5

Application Required

How to Apply

Points of pride

University Prep Academy High School prepares students for success in life by maintaining a culture of high expectations. Students engage in a rigorous, culturally responsive, and college-prep curriculum.

Our beautiful midtown campus is designed like a college campus, consisting of five buildings. We have a family atmosphere. Students are encouraged to be themselves, empowered to be active citizens, and developed to be leaders in their communities.

Our students are also well-rounded, competing at a championship level in debate, athletics, and the arts.


school leader
Derrick L. Kellam
School Director

Mr. Kellam is concluding his 15th year in education; a career that consists of serving as a high school English teacher, assistant principal, curriculum director, and school director.

Management Company

A Member of the Grand Valley State University Community

Location & Contact

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710 Antoinette St.
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13138744340
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Bell Times

08:00 am - 03:20 pm

08:00 am - 01:20 pm (Wednesday)


Yes, Transportation is Provided

City bus cards are provided for students who use the city transportation system.

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 560
Accepting New Students?

Yes - 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Application Required Yes
Application Priorities N/A
Enrollment Instructions

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Academics & Activities


We implement a rigorous, culturally responsive, college prep curriculum. Our student-centered classrooms push students to think critically, strategically analyze complex texts, engage in profound discussion, and create audacious solutions for creating a more just world. Students master concepts and develop skills that enable them to leave high school ready for success in college and career. Our course offerings have a project-based approach. They include: career development, honors, AP, and duel enrollment.

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Top Activities

The UPA debate team has a long, rich tradition of winning city championships and competing for national championships. Our volleyball team has a streak of eight consecutive district championships, and our boys and girls basketball teams have won conference and district championships in recent seasons.

UPA has a highly competitive culture. We play with Panther Pride! This means working hard in the classroom, displaying sportsmanship, and giving 100% on the playing fields.

Top Activities
Leadership and Mentoring
Student Government
Debate and Speech
Student Clubs
Academic Games/Competition
Spoken word/Poetry

Academic Offerings

Our teachers received job-embedded coaching and professional development to be highly skilled in standards-based planning and instruction. All of our classes are designed to be rigorous and prepare students for success in college and career.

Academic Offerings
Math interventionist
Reading interventionist
Homework help
Honors classes
Honors society
Dual Enrollment
Foreign Languages
Computer lab
Field Trips
Virtual/online classes
Career/Industry Certifications
GED and/or Diploma Program
AP Classes


Is there a parent advisory council?


Our parent council is in its developmental stages. However, parents are represented on our school improvement team and attend monthly Title I parent meetings. They have a voice in school decisions and function as partners in the work.


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School Safety Culture

University Prep offers a school culture as vibrant as its campus! Our culture’s biggest strengths are our relationships! We proactively use restorative practices to build, develop, and manage relationships at all levels. Each of our students has at least one meaningful relationship with a staff member and can trust that staff member to advocate for any of their needs. Our students support each other’s academic quests, as well as their extra-curricular interests, by working together on assignments or showing up to their friend’s after-school activity.

We believe that our students should have enough autonomy to make choices. We also believe our students should be prepared to work through the repercussions of the choices, good or bad. We believe in repairing any harm that has been done to our community through acts of service. We believe that our students are more than their mistakes.

As you enter each of our buildings and look up, you will see a banner that reads “You matter just as you are." We are a school that welcomes all students and promises to partner with their families to produce a student that is not only prepared to take on, but prepared to succeed in the 21st century, all while staying true to exactly who they are.