The Uplift Model

Uplift’s mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential in college and the global marketplace and inspire in students a life-long love of learning, achievement, and service in order to positively change their world. The Uplift Model We develop well-rounded International Baccalaureate scholars who think critically, are confident in themselves, and appreciate diverse ideas and people. The Whole Scholar Our People Network We have strength as a collective network with employees, families and communities, each valued for their contributions to our mission. Click on an icon for details. Strong Scholar Culture Exemplary and caring teachers and school leaders A variety of sports, clubs and extracurricular activitiesSafe Space Antibullying Program Safe and secure schools including gated perimeters and key card accessLicensed mental health professionals at each grade levelStrong Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs International Baccalaureate for All Our globally-focused academics through International Baccalaureate® prepare all our scholars for the rigors of college. Uplift schools are authorized International Baccalaureate® World Schools. All high schools offer the prestigious IB® Diploma Programme. Uplift is one of the TOP FIVE IB® Districts in the nation. Road to College & Career A four-person team at each high school dedicated solely to academic and college successEssay writing and ACT test prepIndividualized application and financial aid support1:50 senior to college counselor ratioCareer exposure through corporate partnershipsAlumni support into college and beyond Connected Families Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) parent groupVolunteer opportunities communicated through VolyEd For All — free GED and associate degree classes for parentsGuidance and support through your child’s college application and selection process Best People & Culture Ongoing feedback and developmentLeadership building at all levelsRobust talent pipelinesIntentional equity in all systems and processes Operational Excellence Clean and safe campusesAcademic leaders focus 100% on quality instructionCentralized and consistent academic and systems supportFinancial sustainability and accountability Meaningful Connections Partnerships that support the whole scholarRelentless advocacy to help bridge the funding gapCollective impact through ISD partnerships Continual Innovation Flexibility to move the needle in the best interest of scholarsInternal expertise to leverage, learn and shareCommitment to fearlessly re-imagine the future and evolve
  • Each Uplift Education school provides free, college-preparatory education in a community that has limited high quality public education options. Our goal is to completely CLOSE the achievement gap between scholars, regardless of their ethnic or socio-economic background, while ensuring that 100% of our scholars graduate and enroll in college. Uplift’s big goal is for 70% of its graduates to earn a college degree within six years.  Our approach to success focuses on two main areas:


  • International Baccalaureate For All

    The Whole Scholar

    We develop well-rounded International Baccalaureate scholars who think critically, are confident in themselves, and appreciate diverse ideas and people. Our Whole Scholar model is the difference-maker in our scholar success and focuses on the following four areas:

    • International Baccalaureate for All

    • Strong Scholar Culture

    • Connected Families

    • Road To College & Career

    Learn more about our Whole Scholar Model
    Strong Scholar Culture

    Our People Network

    We have strength as a collective network with employees, families and communities, each valued for their contributions to our mission.

    Best People & Culture

    • Ongoing feedback and development
    • Leadership building at all levels
    • Robust talent pipelines
    • Intentional equity in all systems and processes

    Operational Excellence

    • Clean and safe campuses
    • Academic leaders focus 100% on quality instruction
    • Centralized and consistent academic and systems support
    • Financial sustainability and accountability

    Meaningful Connections

    • Partnerships that support the whole scholar
    • Relentless advocacy to help bridge the funding gap
    • Collective impact through ISD partnerships

    Continual Innovation

    • Flexibility to move the needle in the best interest of scholars
    • Internal expertise to leverage, learn and share
    • Commitment to fearlessly re-imagine the future and evolve