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University Prep Academy – Mark Murray Elementary

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Quick facts

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Grades Served Kindergarten -5th
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Enrollment 483 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Before/After Care Yes/Yes
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Uniform Yes
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Accepting New Students No arrow_downward See below
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Student/Teacher Ratio 15:1

Enrollment Deadline

May 5

Application Required

How to Apply

Points of pride

We are a strong community of leaders and learners. Our teachers, scholars, and parents work together to make our school a home away from home; a place of learning, growing, and where future leaders are developed.


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Kimberly Llorens
School Director

Kim Llorens began her teaching career in 1985. She joined UPREP Schools in 2005 as a kindergarten teacher when the Ellen Thompson Campus opened. In 2008, she was named the founding school director of UPREP's second elementary school, Mark Murray.

Management Company

A Member of the Grand Valley State University Community

Location & Contact

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435 Amsterdam St.
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13133090552
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Bell Times

08:30 am - 03:30 pm

08:30 am - 01:30 pm (Wednesday)


No, Transportation is not Provided

Transportation is provided by the parents and families of our scholars. We do not have a school or district bus system.

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 483
Accepting New Students?


Application Required Yes
Application Priorities Siblings of Current Students
Enrollment Instructions

Our enrollment application can be found on our website. Once the application is completed, a lottery is held to determine acceptance.

Academics & Activities


In ELA, we use Expeditionary Learning’s cross-curricular ELA modules. We use Orton Gillingham strategies to enhance phonics instruction. In math, we focus on building students' procedural, conceptual, and analytical understanding of concepts.
Our scholars engage in Mystery Science, a hands-on interactive science curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum, which is aligned to the Michigan Social Studies standards.

Support Programs

Top Activities

We offer after school enrichment classes. These have included dance, robotics, chess, basketball, cheerleading, running club, and art.

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Leadership and Mentoring

Academic Offerings

We follow a rigorous curriculum. Our lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We have identified the most essential standards at each grade level and in each subject area. Our teachers use these essential standards to create lessons and academic tasks to push our scholars toward mastery.

Academic Offerings
Reading interventionist
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School Safety Culture

Mark Murray Elementary School uses Restorative Practice as the foundation for our schools’ culture. The use of Restorative Practices has been shown to be a highly effective way to build and maintain a positive school culture that supports a safe, productive, and high performing learning community for students and adults in school settings. We recognize that a safe and civil environment within the school community is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards.