Academics & Culture

  • The model for Uplift Heights’s success is based on a global, college-preparatory focus.   Beginning in kindergarten, our scholars learn about college and the possibilities that lie ahead.  Each classroom has a college theme, often based on the alma mater of that teacher, and scholars are often heard singing university fight songs and cheers.  As scholars progress to middle school and high school, they enter our Road to College program and begin to picture their futures on a college campus through campus visits and a tailored curriculum focused on college preparation. 

    International Baccalaureate

    Middle Years Programme

    MYP logo Uplift Heights Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme school.  The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

     

    For more information, view the MYP brochure

    Primary Years Programme

    Uplift Heights Primary School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Uplift Heights Primary School believes is important for our students.

    Diploma Programme

    Uplift Heights Preparatory is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. 

     

    *Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

     

    School contacts for IB questions:

    Aleesha Spurr, PYP Dean
    Suzanne Weathers, PYP Dean
    Loren Colman, PYP Dean
    Kate Simpson,MYP Dean

     

    For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

    AP and Dual Credit

    We offer a variety of Advanced Placement® (AP) classes, dual-credit opportunities and credit recovery during the summer. AP® courses increase the academic rigor in our high schools and expose scholars to the types of materials they will encounter in college. High school scholars who score 3-5 can earn college credit, reducing the number of hours they will have to take toward their undergraduate degree.

    Testing

    As a public school, we administer state STAAR tests.  Our scholars are also tested and evaluated against national standards using MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests in K-8, and the PLAN and EXPLORE series of tests developed by ACT.  These tests are used to inform instruction in the classroom in order to best prepare every scholar for college success. We strive to teach a well-rounded curriculum that encourages critical thinking, and develop customized learning plans for each scholar.  Our proven model prepares our scholars for effective test-taking without our teachers having to spend excessive time teaching for a specific test.

    Technology

    Technology is an integral part of the academic life at Uplift Heights.  We utilize laptops and computer workstations which are integrated every day into the classroom at every grade level.  Additionally, we use computer tablets in some classrooms to help scholars with independent learning. Online grading and reporting systems help keep our scholars and families up to date.

    Career and Technical Education

    Career & Technical Education (CTE) prepares our scholars in the pursuit of high skill employment and advanced education. Our goal is to allow our scholars to engage in a changing economy and compete in the global marketplace through life-long learning skills. CTE Non-discrimination Statement.

    Road To College

    Beginning in the sixth grade our scholars begin our formal Road To College program which includes college visits, workshops and college fairs.  The key to the success of the program lies with our RTC counselors who help guide our scholars though the application and college selection process, and ensure our scholars are successful in college.

    To learn more about the Road To College program, click here.

    Culture & Safety

    At Uplift Heights, each scholar is held to a high standard of moral character, encouraged to get involved in community service, and taught the value of random acts of kindness.   The atmosphere at Uplift Heights is evident when you walk in the door.  It is an environment centered on not only academic achievement, but also developing scholars who will become informed, successful, compassionate leaders in their communities. It is our goal that our scholars develop a joy for learning and adopt the mindset of being a life-long learner.

    We also pride ourselves on campus safety.  Our gated campuses, card entry system, and well-rehearsed emergency procedures ensure our scholars and our staff are kept safe and secure.