Now Enrolling for 6-12 Grade Fall 2022

Grades 6-12

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Project Based

Student-driven environment

Creative Focused

Students voice and choice

Social Justice & AVID

College, career & community based

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Fall 2022 applications are now open

At UMA, students receive an education and experiences that set them up for success in college, careers and community. We provide coaching and support, help students discover their passion and guide them to lead their future in a global society.

Personalized Education Plans

Our staff works with students to ensure they are active participants in deciding their learning focus.

Parent Involvement

A student presents to his mom during Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Each student shared their academic and creative successes, challenges and goals to finish the school year strong.  Parents were asked to listen carefully and be prepared to ask their child 1-2 questions afterward.  We had a 100% parent participation rate.

Student Global Community Council

The Student Global Community Council (SGCC) President and Vice President lead weekly SGCC meetings.  

“Great lessons, great teachers, great trips!”

Jordan, student at UpGrade

About UpGrade

Our personalized learning approach focuses on students as leaders, learners and legends.  Students develop literacy, critical thinking, creativity and innovation.  At UMA, we offer career preparation and personalized instruction to ensure that each student graduates ready for global success and can follow their passion to make the world a better place.  Learn more about our approach and if it is right for your family.

Leadership and critical thinking
Student Voice
Personalized Instruction

Community Partnerships
College and Career Preparation 

Media Spotlight

PODCAST – Innovate, Adapt, and Grow – The WVS Podcast

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Our students demonstrate leadership in social justice through works presented in film, television, radio, podcasting and recording arts.

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Learning Environment

At UpGrade Schools we promote a rigorous learning environment that prepares students for college and careers, while also allowing them to have fun.

Media Arts

We are a school for film, television, radio, web podcasting and recording arts. Students develop leadership skills while creating original works that educate, inspire and transform communities

Personalized Instructional Coaches

Instructional coaches connect with teachers and students to provide additional ideas, strategies or skills. They mentor their partner through different units or topics of studies and offer guidance to ultimately help students be more successful.