University Prep Approach
To mold the leaders of tomorrow who will be successful in the college of their choice, the UPpublicschools approach focuses on a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that meets students where they are, asks for more time on task, holds students accountable, and utilizes world-class educators!
College Prep Curriculum
University Prep’s primary objective is to get students ready for college. From the very first day, students envision, plan, and prepare to accomplish post-secondary goals. The rigorous 5-12 course progression and curriculum are designed to support both success and stamina in college. With the option for AP and College Now, students can begin their college journey in high school!
Each grade has a dedicated counselor who stays with their students throughout all four years. They support academics but more importantly, are the main resource for social emotional health and growth. Additionally, student are supported and developed through peer tutoring, teacher-led office hours, leadership programs, and co-curricular activities.
University Prep Public Schools places incredible emphasis on the value of its educators and their impact on student success. Recruiting, maintaining, and developing the most talented teachers is a top priority of our school. Teacher voice guides student development and school decision making!
self advocacy and accountabilty
At UP, our students learn how to responsibly engage in multiple modes of communication and methods for self-advocacy. Students and families are challenged to meet and exceed a high standard of conduct. These standards, student voice, and family partnership have helped the schools maintain an environment that is safe, structured, and accountable.
Beyond the classroom
At UP, we are committed to providing after school programs that appeal to all of our students. The Later Gator program allows students to take part in a variety of clubs and activities to supplement their rigorous academic program. Student athletes take advantage of a variety of sports, staying active representing Gator Pride. UP regularly ventures outside the classroom to experience the rich learning adventures NYC provides.
Families as Partners
Student success is only possible when school staff and parents are communicative partners. Communication of progress and expectation is critical to make sure that students are supported and parents are not only aware of what is happening, but are a part of what is happening. In addition to two-way communication, our Parent’s Association meetings are well attended and are an excellent platform for family voice.
Teaching and Leading
University Prep is rooted in a steadfast belief that central to a school’s success is the presence of a strong teacher in every classroom. That’s why we prioritize and invest money and time into nuanced training and collaborative learning, transformative coaching experiences, and the highest-quality formal professional development. Professional development for teachers, staff, and school-site leaders is a critical component of our school model and program. We believe that reflective practice occurs in an environment where there is collaboration, use of meaningful data, and thoughtful discussion regarding instruction. Scheduled into the daily routine of University Prep, professional development opportunities provide teachers and staff time to inquire about practice, study individual and group student data, develop best practices, and ensure accountability for school-wide as well as individual teacher goals.
University Prep Public Schools, in concert with government health information, and in collaboration with parents, made the decision to begin the 2020 - 2021 year entirely remote. Each student was provided with a laptop, required to attend live virtual classes, and had to adhere to strict virtual norms. With our families' support, the dedication of our students, and the commitment of our faculty, virtual school has been a successful, real endeavor. Click here to view our reopening plan.