UPA is proud to offer a wide variety of courses that appeal to the interests of each student. All students take a college preparatory curriculum designed to exceed the minimum subject requirements of the University of California and California State University systems. We are proud to offer a personalized learning experience in a small school setting and have a teacher/student ratio of about 20:1.
The educational opportunities we offer our students goes beyond the learning that occurs during each period of the day. UPA helps our students become well rounded individuals by helping them explore their interests and support their talents. UPA provides a variety of co-curricular activities which give our students the opportunity to grow and become future leaders of our society.
UPA's athletic program strives to be a learning environment where students develop work ethic, citizenship, leadership, and team building skills necessary for success in all areas of their adult lives. Above all, we encourage all participants to put forth a winning effort, display the highest level of sportsmanship, and demonstrate respect for all.
Welcome To UPA
UPA opened in 2007 with an enrollment of 192 total students and after years of continued growth, we currently have 550 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-years 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.
Congratulations Class of 2013!
On May 31st 2013, UPA graduated another class of seniors. Although they were the third set of seniors to proudly walk off the stage toward adulthood, they were the first to attend UPA from seventh grade to senior year. Many of these seniors pioneered and founded clubs, academic/social organizations, and helped pave the way for a successful athletics program. These seniors made a lasting impact and their legacy will reverberate throughout the halls of UPA forever. Congratulations class of 2013! Remember you have the power to change the world! Do good, and do it often.
Junior Trip 2014
The juniors enjoying a day at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo and University of California Santa Barbara. Check back and see updated photos. Thursday 2/13 the Juniors will be visiting Pepperdine, LMU, and UCLA.
Parents, Have You Signed Up For Power School?
Power School is the name of the company that hosts the UPA grading tool. Power School provides us with a web based platform that allows parents and students to keep up to date with their current grades. Parents, when you create an account, you will be able to monitor your student's progress throughout the semester. If you have yet to create an account or if you need troubleshooting tips, please click here.
New Tryout Dates for Spring Sports
Due to the extended basketball season, spring sports tryouts have been changed. A physical is required PRIOR to the start of tryouts. See updated tryout dates here.
Hairspray the broadway musical has been delighting American audiences since 1988, and now students at UPA have a chance to experience it for themselves. In March, UPA's talented actors and actresses will perform this well known musical in the Horton Auditorium. The plot line revolves around an omnipresent issue-racial discrimination but its execution is a far cry from its serious topic. The musical will leave viewers entertained and educated in America's history of freedom and equality. Auditions begin the first week school resumes after winter vacation. You can purchase advanced tickets here.
Winter Art Showcase
On December 6th, UPA held its annual Winter Arts Showcase in the Horton Auditorium to highlight work from the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Students had been preparing for the event since the beginning of the semester. Parents, teachers, and students were able to browse the art gallery set up in the auditorium hallway. The artwork displayed were created using pastels, acrylic paint, colored markers, colored pens, and various other mediums. The band classes performed "Medieval Legend," "Sally's Song" and "Sleigh Bells." Members of the middle school drama performed scenes from "Private Eyes" and "The Sphinx." The high school dance class performed "Carol of the Bells" and "Bezubaan" both of which were choreographed by students. "I had a lot of fun with dance, and look forward to performing again next year," freshman Katie Holland said.
UPA Foundation Approved by the Board
On Tuesday October 29th 2013, the UPA board unanimously approved the UPA Foundation. This foundation was long overdue and will go a long way in helping UPA serve our students better. To read more about the purpose and mission of the UPA Foundation or if you would like to make a donation, please click here.
Sign Up For the Junior Trip!
The Junior Trip is fast approaching and time is running out to sign up. The trip overview and draft itinerary have been published. The documents below need to be submitted to your advisory teacher no later than December 2. If you would like to make a donation for the trip, please fill out the commitment document or make a donation here.