University Preparatory Academy (UPA) is a growing K-8 Public Charter school located in West Palm Beach Florida. UPA Palm Beach was established in 2015 to serve students in the Palm Beach area. With a focus on character, academics, and leadership, UPA promotes a holistic approach to educating students that both includes and goes beyond the classroom. 


The mission of University Preparatory Academy - Palm Beach is to provide students with the academic, leadership and social skills that will enable them to attend and graduate from an institution of higher education.


UPA's academic program holds students accountable for academic success while providing structured support for challenged learners. At UPA, meeting the Florida State Standards is considered minimum, our focus is on college graduation and beyond. 


UPA believes every student has an innate ability and desire to lead that is cultivated by their home, school, and community environments. UPA promotes the development of leadership skills by establishing high expectations and creating an atmosphere of excellence. 

Social Skills

UPA seeks to impact students beyond academic growth. Our desire is to build positive character traits, social skills, and cultural capital to help our students succeed beyond the classroom. 

Educational Service Provider

UPA is supported by Academica. Academica is one of the nation's longest-serving charter school service and support organizations. The company was founded in 1999 on the principle that each charter school is a unique educational environment governed by an independent board of directors that best knows the right path for its school. Academica's mission is to facilitate that governing board's vision. 

Academica's services include facilities, finance, staffing and human resources coordiantion, as well as bookeeping, budgeting, regulatory compliance, and financial forecasting. 

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