Mission, Vision, Values and Academic ExcellenceWhat Matters at University Prep
U Prep's Characteristics of Good Teaching
Teacher Professional Development Model
AcademicsOur curriculum is designed to create an intellectually challenging and developmentally appropriate program of study for all students. We believe that by establishing a balance between critical and creative thinking our students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex and global society. Our students learn to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and are active participants in their educational journeys. We work with students to ensure they see challenges as opportunities to stretch beyond their comfort zones and embrace learning as a process of discovery.
In the Middle School , our students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for further scholarship. Our program is built around a core curriculum in English, math, science, history, and physical education. Students also choose a world language and are expected to explore the fine arts. The Middle School uses a nontraditional grading system and formative assessment practices to give students regular feedback on their work and specific information about their progress in each class. Across the board, we stress the development of the habits of mind necessary for both academic and interpersonal success.
Our Upper School curriculum provides students with a common knowledge base and skill set via a core curriculum in English, math, science and history. Students also have requirements in world language, physical education and the fine arts. Beyond these core classes, students are able to follow their passions in our extensive elective program. Throughout the Upper School, students are challenged to explore the nuances and implications of course content, coming to their own conclusions as they learn about the multiple perspectives that surround any given issue. We encourage divergent thinking and a diversity of opinions while supporting students as they navigate the complexities of our interconnected world.
“U Prep is a fun and inclusive environment where you get what you need in order to do the best that you can.” Robert, eighth grade