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Middle School

UPrep’s Middle School is all about getting students to 'try on' and 'lean in.' We encourage students to try new sports, start or join new clubs, explore the arts, and generally get out of their comfort zones. Even if it means failing at something. Our students feel safe to explore and express themselves because they know their teachers and advisors will be there to support them. Becoming confident trying on and leaning in is integral to leading a life of learning and our students begin to develop this confidence in their Middle School years.   –Brian Johnson, Director of Middle School

Middle School at UPrep, a 6-12 private school in Seattle, is about establishing the building blocks for academic success and character development. Our students begin to learn what it means to self-advocate as learners and begin to find their voices, their passions, and their community.

Most importantly, our students see their teachers as partners in their academic journey. Middle School students demonstrate their ability to understand and articulate their academic strengths and areas for growth during bi-annual student-led conferences, and they formulate action plans to improve academic performance, gaining confidence in the process of learning.

Our students leave UPrep's Middle School program poised and positioned as collaborative, confident, self-advocating learners. We invite you to learn more about our Middle School curriculum by browsing our website. 

UPrep's Middle School is filled with deeply caring, inspired faculty who bring it with all their might every day for our students. Middle school has the opportunity to be an amazing time when you are surrounded by people who see you and care about you. UPrep is a place like that, and we have a lot of fun.  –Tom Strouse, Middle School Science Teacher
UPrep Director of Middle School Brian Johnson


Grading - We use a non-traditional formative grading system instead of a traditional letter-grade system to help students break their learning down into component parts, assess progress toward mastery, and communicate about their academic progress.

Intensives - Twice each year, students take full-credit, three-week intensive courses that allow them to focus on one course, study deeply, and learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Courses include required and elective offerings, and feature contemporary topics and interdisciplinary learning.

A group of Middle School students smile together on Dahl Playfield.



Our students enter UPrep's Middle School as 11-year old’s, and they leave at age 14. So much changes in this timeframe—like how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. I love to see them grow and become more confident as they search for their identities and start to become who they are. –James Johnson, Middle School P.E. and Health Teacher