Why UpGrade Schools?

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.

Our personalized learning approach focuses on the whole child and gets them excited to come to class and learn things that are relevant and important to the student.  We offer career preparation and personalized instruction to ensure our students leave ready for the real world 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.

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Personalized Education Plans

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

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Parent Involvement

Jovan presenting to his mom during Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences.  All students 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.

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Social Justice Framework

Our approach to teaching and learning is inspired by the work of Maisha Winn, author of Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice (2018).

UMA is a wonderful school. The staff motivate and establish rapport with students, and these are seen as vital components for teaching and learning. They have proven ability to enhance students’ performance. They also inspire and motivate students to achieve their best. They have helped Jovan build self-esteem, while demonstrating sound work ethics, cultural sensitivity, diversity, flexibility and creativity.

Sophia Hatchett  

   UMA Parent

Great lessons, great teachers, great trips


   UMA Student