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University Preparatory Art & Design Middle School

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Quick facts

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Grades Served 6th -8th
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Enrollment 368 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:00 am - 3:05 pm
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Before/After Care No/No
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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 20:1

Enrollment Deadline

June 6

Application Required

How to Apply

Points of pride

Our school is a public school in a public space as we share our building with one of our biggest partners, the College for Creative Studies. As such, we are grounded in art and design along with a culturally responsive and restorative education.


school leader
Ms. Clare McKenna
School Director

Ms. McKenna has been in our school community for seven years, including six years on the leadership team. She is in her second year as School Director and she does this work to be an ally in the fight for education for liberation.

Management Company

A Member of the Grand Valley State University Community

Location & Contact

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485 W. Milwaukee
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13134814000
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Bell Times

08:00 am - 03:05 pm

08:00 am - 01:15 pm (Wednesday)


No, Transportation is not Provided

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 368
Accepting New Students?


Application Required Yes
Application Priorities
Enrollment Instructions

Please contact our admissions office by phone: 313-887-1613 ext. 1122, or email Assistance is available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Academics & Activities


We are grounded in a culturally responsive and restorative education which serves as a throughline in our curricula. We use Common Core with EngageNY (ELA), Eureka (Math), Next Generation (Science), and the C3 Framework (Social Studies).

Support Programs

Top Activities

UPAD MS has a variety of activities for students including First Connect (an after-school art program with CCS), Academic Games, Student Council, Mustang Fusion Dance, and various athletic teams and after-school clubs.

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Leadership and Mentoring
Student Government
Student Clubs
Academic Games/Competitions

Academic Offerings

UPAD MS is grounded in art and design but open to artists of all abilities who develop their foundational skills each year. To support students academically, we also have Math and Reading interventionists along with weekly tutoring and homework help.

Academic Offerings
Math interventionist
Reading interventionist
Homework help
Honors society
Foreign Languages
Computer lab
Field Trips


Is there a parent advisory council?


We value the support of our students and their families. Our Families as Partners group meets every month with our staff to discuss successes and challenges and to plan upcoming student activities and events,


Black Family Partnership Inc.

School Safety Culture

Our school approaches culture through developmental appropriateness and restorative practices. We have mentors on each floor and a restorative practitioner to help students process community harms and always partner with students’ families.