UPrep has taught me so much about who I am as a person. When I questioned my identity back in Middle School, I was never once worried. Instead, I was curious, and UPrep provided the spaces to feed that curiosity. Now, I am a co-leader of the Queer Student Union and extremely open about my identity, something that I could only have done with the support from my teachers and friends.” Current Upper School student
At UPrep, our students come from all over the Puget Sound, and the school serves as the hub that brings them all together, both during and after school.
There are two parts to life in Middle School:
- Becoming intellectually and academically ready for Upper School
- Friendships and fun!
Our student leaders plans a wide range of activities that allow students to socialize on campus, from plays and ski bus to spirit rallies.
In addition, each Middle School class has retreat days, where they enjoy activities together in the sun (or sometimes in the rain). The goals of these retreats range from group bonding to gaining a greater familiarity with the outdoors. It’s a chance for our students to be challenged together and have fun! Some recent trips include:
- Ice skating at the Seattle Kraken Community Iceplex
- A day of bowling, table tennis, and arcade games at the UW Husky Union Building (HUB)
Most Upper School students find time to connect in meaningful ways during Community Time and after the school day ends, whether at sports practices, club meetings, advisory, or play rehearsal. The UPrep Commons and Library are popular places on campus where students study and socialize together during and after school.
Additionally, UPrep's student leaders regularly plan opportunities for Upper School students to come together as a wider community. The majority of our students look forward to attending our quarterly dances, but community social events don’t end there! Students gather to watch their classmates perform in plays and concerts, cheer on the Pumas in athletics, compete to win points for their grades during homecoming events and assemblies (like the student favorite tug-of-war matches during Camp Day), and build community during annual off-campus retreats and outdoor experiences. Student favorites include