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University Preparatory Academy

Welcome To University Preparatory Academy

UPA opened in 2007 with an enrollment of 192 total students and after years of continued growth, we currently have 615 students enrolled. UPA was designed on the premise that the students we seek to serve thrive best in a small school setting. Research shows that small schools allow students and teachers to develop supportive, long-term relationships that allow for better conditions for teaching and learning. Our objective is to enroll all students who are motivated and have a dream of going to a 4-year university and graduating with a 4-year degree, especially those students who may be under supported, overlooked, or under challenged in a large school environment, and would thrive in a highly intensive, supportive, and interpersonal environment.

Our Mission is to prepare a diverse population of 7-12th grade students in the central San Jose area and surrounding neighborhoods to enter and excel in the best colleges and universities in the nation with the training to assume leadership positions in the community.

Our Vision is to empower the school community through powerful teaching and learning and to provide the students with the core academic and life learning skills to enable them to be positive, successful contributors to the community.

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