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UPA is Unique

What makes UPA unique?

We are a full-service community school

As one of our students put it, "I would define UPA as one big community of family and friendship where everyone treats and respects each other equally and gets along. UPA is a place where you can be yourself and nobody else. It gives you the power to never give up."

ELD and Math Boost

​UPA's before-school intervention classes give a "learning Boost" to students needing extra support in math, reading and English.

Summer Learning

Our personalized learning approach uses the transformative Summit Model, which offers students a school experience that's just the right fit.

WILD: Wilderness, Independence, Leadership Development

Every UPA student takes part in an overnight outdoor education field trip during the school year, with destinations including SF Presidio (6th), Point Reyes (7th), and Anthony Chabot (8th) and B.

This video offers an inside look at a 7th-grade trip to Pt. Reyes.

College for All

We believe college prep cannot start too early. We give students a glimpse of college life by taking them to various bay area college such as: UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, and Laney College.

English Learner and Newcomer Support

With a high percentage of UPA students being English Language Learners (ELL), we offer intensive support for kids whose first language is not English, including our growing newcomer student population. UPA also has two newcomer classes to support newly arrived students and students who have been in the country for at least one year.

Urban Arts After-School Program

UPA's eclectic after-school program gives kids the opportunity to explore creativity (visual and other arts), unique activities like capoeira, and fitness (soccer, Run Club (pictured below), and more.)

A group of young people smiling and posing together for a photo, capturing a joyful moment of togetherness.