Personalized Learning in a Small School Setting
Much of our educational program is based on the research and philosophical approach of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “High Schools for a New Millennium” (2004) and Dennis Littky, “The Big ...more
All students participate in a leadership/advisory class that will focus on college and personal success strategies. UPA helps each student develop his/her personal vision, set goals, research what it takes to achieve those goals, and work toward realizing them. The Leadership/Advisory class, which include models and strategies taken from the AVID curriculum, focuses on teaching the skills needed to be successful at gaining admission to leading colleges and being prepared to meet the challenges that each student will face in pursuing that education. Students who do not have parents who are skilled in navigating the educational system fall through the cracks and are not prepared to attend four-year colleges and universities because they do not have necessary
information or an advocate to assist them in achieving their goals. A one-to-one personal relationship with a teacher/mentor in high school increases student success. The Leadership/Advisory class is designed to fulfill this role. Character development, college success strategies, leadership skills, and service learning will all be a part of the curriculum for this class. The advisor/teacher of this advisory class follows her/his group of students throughout their four years in high school, serving as a mentor and advocate for each of their advisory students. UPA brings a college-going culture to the public high school campus, open to any student willing to exert the effort to complete the UPA program, and prepare each student for the competitive world of the 21st Century.