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University Prep Academy - Middle School

5310 Saint Antoine St.
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Quick facts

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Grades Served 6th -8th
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Enrollment 480 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:15 am - 3:15 pm
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Before/After Care No/Yes
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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 14:1

Enrollment Deadline

July 7

Application Required

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Points of pride

University Preparatory Academy (UPA) Middle School is dedicated to providing enriching experiences that allow our scholars to learn in ways that help them think critically. Our project-based lessons enable scholars to manipulate real-world scenarios in core content areas.

UPA Middle School is devoted to developing the whole scholar. Our challenging curricula develops growing minds with grade-level content, which includes a stellar arts program in dance and orchestra and unique offerings in Spanish and technology. Together, we explore community building through Crew, a school-wide program where scholars grow and learn habits to offer mentorship and exposure to new ways of thinking.

Our wide variety of after-school offerings include athletics, such as basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading, and clubs such as NJHS, Student Council, art, robotics, math club, cooking, and mentoring programs.


school leader
Mrs. Melissa Lloyd
School Director

Mrs. Lloyd has been in education for over 20 years as a teacher and administrator.

Management Company

A Member of the Grand Valley State University Community

Location & Contact

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5310 Saint Antoine St.
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13138310100
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Bell Times

08:15 am - 03:15 pm

08:15 am - 01:15 pm (Wednesday)


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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 480
Accepting New Students?

Yes - 6th, 7th, 8th

Application Required Yes
Application Priorities N/A
Enrollment Instructions

For enrollment, families must complete the application online. To complete the application, families should go to to create an account. Families should be prepared to do an online submission of their student's birth certificate, immunization records, and residency information. For more enrollment information, please contact the admissions office at 313-887-1613 ext. 1122 or email them at

Academics & Activities


At UPA Middle School, our curricular philosophy is rooted in our core values, which focus on the building of our scholars' capacity to learn and grow as individuals and in collaboration with one another. Our core content programs include Eureka Math, ELA Expeditionary Learning Modules, Science Stemscopes, and New Visions and the MC3 curriculum for social studies. Scholars have elective courses in Spanish, orchestra, physical education, and dance workshop. Socio-emotional development is explored through our Crew curriculum, a specialized program that focuses on character-building, developing community, and mentoring.

Support Programs

Top Activities

UPA Middle School has a very successful after-school program with much to offer! We partner with the U of M in a robotics program where scholars are able to build robots for competition. Our Extended Day program allows further opportunity to hone math and ELA skills and complete unfinished learning. The National Junior Honor Society meets regularly and provides peer tutoring. The athletic offerings are very popular and boast a boys and girls basketball team, competitive cheerleading, and girls volleyball.
After-school offerings also include orchestra club, robotics, dance workshop, cooking, and art.

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Leadership and Mentoring
Student Government
Student Clubs
Academic Games/Competition

Academic Offerings

In the challenging curriculum offered at UPA Middle School, scholars have the opportunity to explore project-based learning in math, ELA, science, and social studies. This helps young minds get engaged in ways that are meaningful and help our scholars become change agents in their community. Scholars also have the ability to do hands-on work in science classes, where they are encouraged to experience phenomena and make explorations. In social studies, historical thinking skills are necessary to probe primary documents and allow scholars to make their own discoveries regarding history. Eureka math encourages every scholar to dive into math standards using mental tools that they continually sharpen in daily work. ELA explores literacy in a way that connects with their everyday lives, making reading and writing come alive in fresh, new ways.

Academic Offerings
Math interventionist
Reading interventionist
Homework help
Honors society
Foreign Languages
Field Trips
Virtual/online classes


Is there a parent advisory council?


Our parent advisory council, or Parents As Partners, meets every month to discuss ideas for parental involvement, academic achievement, and community engagement. One or more members of this group also sits on the School Improvement Team and the District Improvement Team to provide assistance with curricular decision-making and feedback on various district and school initiatives and programming.


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School Safety Culture

UPA Middle School is structured to have the highest safety standards in the physical building and in social interactions. We adhere to anti-bullying policies that protect against unsafe situations. These are fully explained and discussed in community meetings with scholars throughout the school year. Our community agreements are age-appropriately designed to help middle schoolers understand which behaviors are safe and promoted in our school building and which are not.
Our suspension policies are mitigated by restorative practices, which seek to mediate conflicts and bring restoration to scholars who have not followed our community agreements.
Our staff acts as mentors, so that when social difficulties arise, they can be safely discussed in "restorative circles" or during Crew time. This allows scholars to have a voice and exercise their agency in maintaining healthy interactions.