About UPrep


What I see is a safe space where kids feel like they can stretch themselves and discover what they want to be and what they want to do. It goes beyond these walls. It's not about school, it's about life.” UPrep parent

University Prep is an independent 6-12 school in northeast Seattle where our students run with their minds. Our commitment to academic excellence is steadfast. Deep inquiry and critical thinking are at the heart of a UPrep education. Our 45-year history celebrates a commitment to inclusion, a legacy of innovation, and a culture of inspiration.

  • The heart of UPrep is inclusion. In our community every student can bring their full self to school each day and be embraced for who they are.
  • The spirit of UPrep is invention. Our faculty embody a culture that fosters creativity and where student ownership of their learning is at the center of everything we do.
  • The soul of UPrep is inspiration. Deep relationships between students and teachers support academic risk-taking and growth beyond the school walls.

We are committed to developing each student’s potential to become intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizens of the world. Our students graduate UPrep prepared for college and life.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our community.

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Our History

In 1976, seven public school teachers followed their vision and founded a school designed to truly meet the needs of students and teachers. Growing slowly over the course of the next forty-five years, University Prep went from renting space in neighboring Temple Beth Am, to acquiring land and operating out of portables, to gradually building the beautiful campus it occupies today. Although the school has come a very Iong way from its origins, its core is very much the same: a school bound together by passionate educators, curious and eager young minds, and a community of families partnering with us to make this the very best school it can be.