University Prep Middle School

University Prep Charter High School is excited to announce that we are seeking to expand our college-bound mission through the addition of a grade 5-8 middle school—UP Middle. UPCHS is currently in the process of completing an application to New York State for this expansion—and, if approved, the middle school will open in the fall of 2019.

GIVE us your input about the middle school! ​  ¡DENOS SUS CONTRIBUCIONES sobre la escuela Intermedia!

Over the past ten years, University Prep has worked to develop and sustain a dynamic and collaborative community that puts students on the path to a college of their choice. Last year, the school had a 98% graduation rate, a 100% college acceptance rate, and a 98% parent approval rating. In 2016, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School­—­nationally recognized for overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among students. Teachers choose to teach—and stay—at the school because true collaboration and continual growth are encouraged and facilitated through a model of distributed leadership.

With UP Middle, we want to expand the number of students who can benefit from a University Prep education—by extending the time they spend with us to include their middle school years. The core of UP Middle’s work will be to prepare students to discuss big ideas, to defend their own and others’ opinions, and to find joy in reading.

To achieve this, we’ll be taking approaches that have served us well in high school and applying them to the middle school—while adding features that help emerging adolescents learn best. At the core of UP Middle:

  • Reading and Literacy in Every Class: The school will emphasize the central role of reading and writing in every class, and students will focus on common themes and topics across classes.
  • Parental Investment: Parents will play an important role in reading with their children every night, meeting regularly with teachers and the principal; and verifying that homework is completed.
  • College Focus from the Jump: Students will take a Grade 8 college readiness course that focuses on skills to prepare students for gaining entrance to and excelling in a college of their choice.
  • Electives that Promote Self-Direction: Students will choose from Robotics, Visual Arts, Chess, Journalism, Debate, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, Theater Arts, and Computer Science
  • City Studies and Field Work: Students will work together on semester-long grade-wide capstone projects that connect classroom work to real-world experience.
  • Summer Bridge: Students will start fifth and sixth grade at UP Middle with a summer prep program.

Students will also benefit from focused and supportive counseling in every grade; a one-to-one Chromebook program; a mentor-focused partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York; and an emphasis on teacher voice and agency—a core founding value of University Prep Charter High School.

The current University Prep High School team operates one of the top high schools in New York. We’re confident that—with your input and support—we can help more students in Community School District 7 at an earlier age benefit from an outstanding education.

But building a new school community is a truly collaborative effort. To this end, we’ll be hosting an informational and listening session with current UPCHS community members on Monday, May 21st  at 5:30pm. We invite you to come and share your ideas with us about what you’d like to see in a prospective UP Middle.

Also, we'd appreciate it if you could take the time to give us some feedback about the school proposal by completing the brief survey below


Thank you for your feedback and your continued support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you and listening to your ideas about this exciting news in the coming weeks.