Welcome to UPSM Schools!!
University Prep Science & Math Schools—middle school and high school—are two of the Detroit area’s most promising tuition-free, public charter schools. Academic excellence is expected in our schools, with college admission—and completion—the goals for ALL.
The professionals at UPSM invest mightily in students. They “do whatever it takes,” and they get results.
Excellent Schools Detroit ranks UPSM Middle School as the seventh highest performing middle school in the region—which includes the city of Detroit and the near ring suburbs.
UPSM High School students are posting ACT/Explore and ACT/Plan scores between 15 and 16 in the 9th and 10th grades. That’s comparable to what many other local schools post by graduation in the 12th grade.
More time in school makes a difference. That’s why UPSM Schools have a longer school day than most districts in the state, and it’s why UPSM has opted to be the ONLY district in the state to offer a balanced, year-round calendar in all grades.
Small class size matters, too. With a student to teacher ratio of 20 to 1, our class size is among the lowest in the state. Every student is well-known, nurtured and pushed to excel.
In just three years since UPSM opened students have seen steady and substantial growth on the MEAP—beating state and suburban scores in multiple categories. Annual student growth as measured by the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is among the best among the state’s charter schools.
Our focus is on preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the global economy, and our programs emphasize that priority:
- The first ever FIRST Robotics Team at UPSM High School landed in the top half of schools in the regional competition, a respectable accomplishment for the only all-freshman team in the event.
- The study abroad program at UPSM is one-of-a-kind. It is designed to expose students to different cultures and give them competence to perform on the global stage. Students must travel/study outside the country to graduate. Students have visited Costa Rica, China, Spain. This year, they are going to Italy and Greece.
- The middle and high school Project Lead the Way Engineering Program puts students on powerful Computer Assisted Design programs as early as sixth grade and has led to many exciting field trips to colleges and engineering-focused businesses.
The UPSM team of professionals looks forward to partnering with you and making your child’s dreams come true.
Margaret Trimer-Hartley, Superintendent, UPSM Schools