University Preparatory Academy Elementary School - Ellen Thompson Campus opened in the Fall of 2005, creating the first link in UPA's comprehensive K-12 system. It was established in order to build a totally self-feeding system in which we could develop our students from the beginning, increasing the likelihood that we could accelerate their progress and best support them in realizing their full potential over the course of their K-12 experience. The Ellen Thompson Campus opened with its maximum enrollment, 354 students, and continues to serve that number today. In addition to our K-5 program, the Ellen Thompson Campus also houses two Head Start classrooms.
The program at University Prep Elementary School - Ellen Thompson Campus is rigorous, comprehensive, and personalized to meet the individual needs of each student. It includes a strong program of art, music, physical education, and performing arts in addition to outstanding core academics. We consider these experiences to be critical to student success. Research has shown that passion is a critical factor in maintaining the kind of focus and energy that is needed for high achievement in any endeavor. Most young children do not know what they are passionate about. Providing students with a wide range of engaging experiences is necessary to educate children's interests and help them begin to identify their passions, an important engine for future learning.