University Prep’s extracurricular activities keep students focused on academic success whilst still enjoying themselves. As extracurricular activities are voluntary, our students are able to decide whether they like and will join activities they are actually interested in, and not feel compelled to participate because they are required to do so. It is important to take advantage of students’ enthusiasm to join our extracurricular activities by delivering engaging and informative programs
Friday Enrichment Classes –
Students elect enrichment classes which are offered every Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30. Students have an opportunity to share what they have learned and created in enrichment classes with a culminating activity in June.
Friday enrichment classes include the following:
Golf – Focuses on getting kids interested in the game of golf. Students are taught the basic fundamentals of the golf swing, the rules, and the etiquette of the game. Practices will include working on their game at the driving range as well as playing several holes on the golf course;
Karate/Jujutsu- Teaches students lessons in Japanese martial arts and methods;
Hip Hop- Exposes students to a very intense dance that builds balance and strong muscles;
Yearbook- Students create the UPSM’s Yearbook;
Digital Photography-Students learn how to make the best photos you can create using digital cameras, they learning the fundamental concepts for making beautiful photos;
Self-Defense-Instructors teach students self-confidence and emphasize a philosophy of non-violence while teaching the fundamentals of self-defense
Money Matters-Students learn how to create and build wealth and how to focus on their finances, philanthropy and the future; they learn to manage money, how to start and operate a business, how to develop positive relationships and give back to the community;
Chess-Chess instructor teaches the fundamentals of chess and the self-discipline it takes to sharpen thinking skills and build confidence;
Academic Games-The team engages in creative mathematics and equations involving authentic learning experience and problem solving at the highest levels; students also complete with students from other districts;
Zumba- This Latin-inspired activity is a dance fitness program where students participate in physical exercise using music with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training;
Yoga- Students learn about the art of yoga whose goal is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.
Jewelry Making-Students use their creative skills to make jewelry for themselves and for others
School Newspaper-Students conduct interviews, do research and write articles creating a school newsletter which is distributed monthly
Movie Making-Our technology instructor works teaches students video editing with a goal of creating a short movie
Mosaic Dance and Drama- Instructors from the Mosaic Youth Theatre teach intensive beginning lessons in acting and dancing;
Chinese Cooking- Students learn about and engage in Chinese culture and cooking;
Physical Fitness- Exercise and physical fitness activities are introduced to students
Travel Club- Students explore local and international food and language through field trips in the cultural center
Sculpture and Drawing- The College for Creative Studies Instructors fuse functional lessons and creative projects with students learning the basics of sketching, still life, portrait drawing, sculpture and ceramic making. Students will display their creative works in June;
Wii Interactive Games- Students test their skills using a Wii interactive game of table hockey, hoop shoot, ping cup, shuttle board and trivia;
Girls/Boys Basketball, Football, Soccer and Cheerleading through Kidz Zone
The foundation of University Prep girls/boys basketball comes from within each individual. Once character has been instilled in each player, students focus on physical fitness and the fundamentals of basketball. When they are performing on the floor they work on a variety of skills.
Football at UPREP focuses on the development of basic skills: the continued growth of general knowledge of the game of football, but also in participation and having fun. There are 7 to 8 games each season. These games are generally held on Fridays and Saturdays.
Our cheerleading team meets every Friday. One of the goals of this team is to promote and uphold school spirit, develop a sense of good sportsmanship among the students and support our athletic programs.
Battle of the Books –
Battle of the Books is a competition in which students form a team and share the responsibility of reading several novels. The team with the most points after five battles competes against the winners at three other schools to become the Battle of the Books champions.
Students will again participate in a three hour ‘Science Under Sail’ trip focused on weather, navigation, and scientific observation. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in raising the schooner’s sails and taking a turn at the wheel under the watchful eye of the Appledore’s Captain and crew.
Community Kids Club-
Under the guidance of one of our language arts teachers, students participate in various community service projects such as assisting in soup kitchens and decorating and playing games with patients as the Veterans at Michigan Veterans Foundation.
Students learn the history of robotics and the many things that affect their success and failure. Students are given the opportunity to design, build and program a robot using LEGO bricks, sensors, motors and gears. They also explore underwater robotics, where the students will be trained to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle or ROV. The students learn about naval architecture, electrical engineering and team work during the fabrication process which gives the team members hands-on experience in basic engineering and computer programing.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) –
This program strives to stimulate student interest in technical fields such as science, mathematics and engineering. Through the Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program, students become active members of NSBE Jr. Chapters throughout the country. As a part of the University Prep Science & Math School, NSBE Jr. Chapter students can enjoy a wide range of activities offered through the PCI program, including traveling to attend the PCI Mini-Conference held at the NSBE Annual National Convention.