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About Us

UpGrade Media Arts is a tuition-free public charter school designed to prepare students to excel academically, develop critical thinking, literacy and leadership skills, and present original film, television radio, recording arts and podcast projects through a social justice lens.  While our school has a strong emphasis on the media arts, our design prepares students to thrive in any industry.  Our students receive and educational experience that includes personalized instruction and academic scheduling.  Prior to graduation, students will acquire internships, apprenticeships, employment opportunities or acceptance into accredited colleges or universities of their choice.

Our staff are licensed teachers, social justice practitioners and media arts professionals practicing their craft in locations spanning across the United States.  

UpGrade School Staff

We don’t just give students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career. We help them succeed in their career—to discover a field they’re passionate about and dare to lead it.

Dr. Tequila Kurth

Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Mwanje Thompson

Media Arts Program Lead
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Ms. Chakeria Woods

Personalized Instructional Coach
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Upgrade School Board

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At UpGrade we prepare students to excel academically, develop critical thinking, literacy and leadership skills