Academic Support Services

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

UPA wants all students to succeed and live up to their maximum potential. However, at a school with such academic rigor, this is not always an easy task. UPA provides many opportunities for students to get the additional help that they need. Teachers are always willing to work with students in formal or informal tutoring opportunities.

ACADEMIC COUNSELORS

The guidance counseling team supports UPA students in their personal quests to attend and succeed in the nation's best colleges and universities with education, guidance, and support before, during, and after the college application process.

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Specifically, UPA counselors:
  • Provide students with college and career exploration experiences
  • Support and guide students in the completion of grade specific benchmarks to build their resume and applications for university.
  • Build rapport with with students and cheer them on as they strive for their personal best
  • Advise and encourage individual students as they acquire important skills such as (study strategies, time management, organization, accountability, resourcefulness) essential to become proactive responsible learners
  • Partner with parents/guardians and teachers to best support student well being and academic success
  • Coordinate and convene appropriate parent-teacher-student communications and meetings
  • Review and monitor academic progress of students to ensure they are on track for promotion and graduation
  • Advocate for students in school-wide and relevant administrative decisions and events
  • Manage student schedules
  • Advocate for students in school-wide and relevant administrative decisions and events

ACADEMIC COUNSELORS BY GRADE LEVEL

Grades 7 and 8 - Jill Buensuceso E-mail: jbuensuceso@upatoday.com
Grades 9 and 10 - Dot Westerhoff E-mail: dwesterhoff@upatoday.com
Grades 11 and 12 - Sandy Trotch E-mail: strotch@upatoday.com

SUMMER SCHOOL

UPA has offered Summer School as needed for the last four years. Summer School is a place to help struggling students recoup credits when they may have had academic challenges during the year. UPA's Summer School program utilizes a creative blend of online learning, one-on-one instruction, and traditional classroom settings to help get struggling students up to speed. Summer School traditionally runs from the middle of June to the end of July.  

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