Middle School

I rely on the strong work ethic that was instilled in me at UPrep. UPrep's incredible teachers truly know each student, and I was asked to do work that my teachers knew I was fully capable of completing. That willingness to do hard work and take pride in my efforts has trickled down into everything I do." –Madeline Dow Pennington '01

Middle School at University Prep 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. They run student-led conferences twice a year to demonstrate their ability to understand and articulate academic strengths and weaknesses, formulate action plans to improve academic performance, and gain confidence in the process of learning.

Our students leave our 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 the left-hand menu.


Intensives - Twice each year, students take full-credit, three-week intensive courses that allow them to focus on one course, study deeply, and partner with organizations off campus. Courses include required and elective offerings, and feature contemporary topics and interdisciplinary learning.

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.

Unified Campus - Middle School students use all of our best learning spaces, including the Theatre, PumaDome, Library, Commons, and Integrated Learning office.

Meet Our Middle School Director

Get to know Director of Middle School Susie Wu.

Q&A with a Middle School Student