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Welcome to U-Prep!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and see what our school has to offer your child. In addition to a superior academic and extra-curricular program (detailed on our Academic, Athletics and Fine Arts pages), U-Prep has developed a variety of events and programs to help your family become part of the school community. As part of our application process, your child may shadow a current student for a half day and observe the teachers, classes, and school environment. Parents and guardians may also request a campus tour. In February or March of the year before your student attends U-Prep, an information night, which provides an opportunity for parents and students to visit classrooms and meet teachers, also showcases performing arts and other program. Since placement in the appropriate math class is so important, all new students are tested. A social for new middle school families follows the math testing and introduces students to our student government program. New ninth graders are invited to meet their peers and upperclassmen through Link Crew activities in early August. Finally, all new families are invited to a special orientation in August to learn to school procedures, meet key personnel, and locate classrooms. More orientation activities take place the first day of school as our friendly teachers and staff welcome new students and help them feel comfortable in their new school.

Choosing the Best School for Your Child

No one cares more about your child’s welfare than you do. No one else will be more careful to see that your child is well educated and well treated in school. You know your child’s personality, strengths and weaknesses. You know the interests that light up your child’s eyes. You know the values that your family wants a school to respect.

Choosing your child’s school may also make you more confident that she will be taught effectively and treated fairly. Choosing your child’s school carefully is an important way you can help your child achieve all that (s)he can be. This is a head and a heart decision. Don’t be afraid to heed your own informed and intuitive wisdom. (U.S. Department of Education, 2007)

Whether you are looking at public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, or considering private or parochial education, you’re bound to have questions about making the right choice for your child. Look around your community, ask questions, investigate, compare and make a judicious choice for your child. The following are just some of many articles that help you pick a school.

  • Choosing A School for Your Child (U.S. Department of Education)
  • How to Choose a Charter School (U.S News & World Report)
  • California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) provides a thorough overview of the charter school movement in California and has a search tool for you to look for charter schools in a particular area. Although charter schools are public schools funded by taxpayer dollars, they have more freedom to develop their own educational programs. Often charter schools fill a perceived need in a community and may have specialized programs in technology, performing arts, science, to name a few. U-Prep, for example, specializes in preparing student for college beginning in the 6th grade.

Campus Tour

A tour of UPREP campus can be arranged for those who are interested. To schedule an appointment, please go to the Admission Staff section for the contact information.

Once you have decided that UPREP is the school of choice for your child, please proceed to the “How to Apply” tab.

Applying to UPREP

Before applying for admission for your son or daughter, please read the Dress Code Philosophy and Policy.

1) Application Documents

To apply for UPREP, please complete and submit these two forms:

  • Application for Admission
  • Student Participation Survey

Both forms can be downloaded here.

After student’s application is accepted or randomly selected, in case of lottery, the following two documents will be mailed to the student and must be completed and returned to maintain acceptance status:

  • Registration Form
  • Emergency Card

2) Admission Policy

  • Students will be considered for admission without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • University Preparatory School will actively recruit a diverse student population from families who understand and value the school’s mission and are committed to the school’s broad-based approach to a classical education.
  • Students and parents will complete an application packet, to be reviewed by University Preparatory School staff.
  • Admission to the school will be open to any 6 -12th grade student in Shasta County or adjacent counties who has completed the application process.
  • The school will grant admission preference during the first application period to currently enrolled students, siblings of students currently enrolled, and children of the school’s faculty.
  • Parents guarantee that the information represented in the application and surveys is accurate.
  • The decision to readmit a pupil or admit a previously expelled pupil from another school, school district or Charter School shall be in the sole discretion of the Governing Board following a meeting with the Superintendent/Principal and the pupil and guardian or representative to determine whether the pupil has successfully completed the rehabilitation plan and to determine whether the pupil poses a threat to others or will be disruptive to the school environment. The Superintendent/Principal shall make a recommendation to the Governing Board following the meeting regarding his or her determination. The pupil’s admission is also contingent upon University Preparatory School’s capacity at the time the student seeks admission.

3) Application Deadlines

The application process for the following academic year starts on December 1st of the previous year and is divided into three phases.

First Application Period: December 1st -- January 31st. Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available online ( and in the office on December 1, 2017. All forms must be postmarked, Faxed (245-2791), or received by January 31, 2018.

Second Application Period: February 1st -- February 28th. All forms must be postmarked, faxed, or received by February 28, 2018.

Open Application Period: After the second application period, applications will continue to be accepted. Students who apply after February 28, 2018 will automatically be placed on a waiting list after students who were drawn during the lottery. Placement on this list is determined by the date the completed application is received.

4) Lottery Process

If the number of applications exceeds the available spaces in one or more grades, attendance, except for existing pupils of the school and students with preferences shall be determined by a public, random drawing of all prospective students who have completed the application process.

All applicants who are exercising a preference must submit their applications by January 31, 2018.

Preferences are: 

  • Siblings of current student. Sibling preferences may not be exercised by student applicants who have previously attended U-prep and subsequently transferred to another school.
  • Children of U-Prep faculty.
  • Students who were in the lottery the previous year, and remained on the waiting list all year.  If a student was offered a space and declined it, he or she no longer has this preference.

All other qualified applicants who submit a completed application by January 31, 2018, are considered to be in the First Draw.

First Draw:

Current students, who have indicated that they are returning to U-Prep, keep their status as enrolled students.  Applicants, who have preferences and have applied by January 31, 2018, are next to be enrolled.  The remaining spaces are open to lottery.  If the remaining spaces can accommodate all of the first draw applicants, they will be admitted on February 1, 2018.  If First Draw applicants exceeded the number of available spaces, they are drawn before students who applied after the First Draw deadline (January 31, 2018). 

Second Draw:

All applicants not accepted by February 1, 2018, are drawn randomly and assigned a number.  If First Draw applicants exceeded the number of available spaces, they are drawn before students who applied after the First Draw deadline (January 31, 2018).  All Second Draw applicants are then drawn and assigned a number.  Students who are not enrolled are put on a waiting list based on their number; they will be called as spaces open.  When notified about an available space, parents have two days to respond; if no response is received, the space will be forfeited and the student placed on the bottom of the waiting list.

5) Contact UPREP Admission Office

If you have any questions concerning admission, please feel free to contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a charter school?

    A charter school is an independent public school that operates independently of the district board of education. In effect, a charter school is a one-school public school district. A group of people — educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs or others — write the charter plan describing the school's guiding principles, governance structure, and applicable accountability measures. If the state approves the charter, the state funds the charter on a per pupil basis. In most cases charter schools operate under a clear agreement between the state and the school: increased autonomy in exchange for increased accountability. Because they are schools of choice, they are held to the highest level of accountability — consumer demand.

  • How do charter schools differ from traditional district public schools?

    Charter schools operate from three basic principles:
    Accountability: Charter schools are held accountable for how well they educate children in a safe and responsible environment, not for compliance with district and state regulations. They are judged on how well they meet the student achievement goals established by their charter, and how well they manage the fiscal and operational responsibilities entrusted to them. Charter schools must operate lawfully and responsibly, with the highest regard for equity and excellence. If they fail to deliver, they are closed.
    Choice: On one hand, parents, teachers, community groups, organizations, or individuals interested in creating additional educational opportunities for children can start charter schools. Local and state school boards, colleges and universities, and other community agencies can sponsor them. On the other hand, students choose to attend, and teachers choose to teach at charter schools.
    Autonomy: Charter schools are freed from the traditional bureaucracy and regulations that some feel divert a school's energy and resources toward compliance rather than excellence. Instead of jumping through procedural hoops and over paperwork hurdles, charter school educators can focus on setting and reaching high academic standards for their students.

  • Do charter schools have admission policies? Can they "pick" who attends?

    By law, charter schools must have a fair and open admission process, conducting outreach and recruitment to all segments of the community they serve. They are public schools and therefore cannot "choose" which students attend. Like other public schools, charter schools are nonsectarian and nondiscriminatory in admission and employment practices. Charter school students are admitted on a first-come, first served basis, or by lottery when applicants exceed available slots.

  • What is UPREP?

    University Preparatory School (UPREP) is a public charter school of the Shasta Union High School District in Redding, California.

  • Does UPREP charge tuitions?

    No. As a public school, UPREP is free of tuitions.

  • Who can apply?

    All students entering grades 6-12, who currently reside in Shasta and its adjacent counties will be given the opportunity to apply for enrollment regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, social or economic status, or special needs.

  • How do I apply?

    All new students wishing to attend U-Prep must fill out an application and submit it during the first enrollment period from the first school day in December to the last school day in January or during the second enrollment period from the first school day in February until the last school day in February. Students who apply during the enrollment periods will be placed in the lottery if requests for admission exceed available spaces.

  • My student has straight A’s; does he/she have a better chance of getting in?

    No. U-Prep is a public school, open to any student who resides in Shasta and its adjacent counties. We do not give priority to students based on grades or other talents/skills.

  • How does the lottery work?

    If University Preparatory School is over-subscribed at the end of the first enrollment period, then all of those applications, received during the first enrollment period, will go into the first lottery to be given a place or assigned a number on the waiting list. If University Preparatory School is over-subscribed at the end of the second enrollment period then all applications go into the lottery, with all of the applications from the first enrollment period (beginning in December and ending in January) being drawn first and then all of the applicants from the second enrollment period (February) being drawn second.

  • When is the lottery?

    The public lottery for an over-subscribed first and/or second enrollment period will be held in March. Applicants are invited to attend but it is not mandatory.

    Enrollment in U-Prep is granted in the following priority order:
    1. Returning students;
    2. Siblings of currently enrolled students who applied during the first enrollment period;
    3. Children of University Preparatory School faculty;
    4. Applicants who participated in the previous lottery and remained on the waiting list for the entire school year will be moved to the current year’s waiting list, maintaining their order from the previous year’s waiting list, after numbers are assigned to those with preferences.

  • When will I know if my student has been accepted?

    All students will be notified of their acceptance or position on the waiting list within two weeks of the lottery.

  • What happens after my student has been accepted?

    Once a student has been accepted, he or she has to complete the following steps to be enrolled. Registration forms and course requests must be completed and returned by the date specified in the acceptance letter. Most students are contacted to schedule an appointment for math placement testing. The information provided on the application form will be verified when the student’s records from his or her previous school are received. After these steps have been completed, the student will be enrolled in classes at U-Prep.

  • Is there an orientation before school begins?

    There are several ways to become familiar with the school including tours, and shadowing opportunities. Some 6th graders are invited to a math review camp in August; all 6th graders have a testing day and a social in the spring. Ninth graders will be invited to Link Crew activities in August. All students attend the Arena Day in August to pick up their class schedules, sign up for activities, and purchase items such as PE clothes, yearbooks, and student body cards. School pictures are also taken on Arena Day. Information about the activities for your student will be sent to you.

    Parents are encouraged to visit the school website and sign up for Pinpointe emails about events, sports, tryouts, and auditions. We encourage families who have a student entering U-Prep in August to attend school events prior to starting school.

  • Will you let me know when my student moves up on the waiting list?

    We do not notify parents each time a student moves; however, you may call to get an update on your student’s position on the list.

  • If my student is number 5 on the list, how long will it take to move to the top and be admitted?

    The waiting list can change quickly or slowly depending on a number of variables. There is no way to predict how fast the list will change or when your student may move into the first position.

  • What happens when there’s an opening and my student is at the top of the waiting list?

    Throughout the school year, when an opening becomes available, the next student on the waiting list for the appropriate grade will be notified of his or her status and given two days to respond with the intent to fill the slot. After that time, a student who does not respond will be moved to the bottom of the list and the next student will be notified. No student, currently enrolled in a local school, will be admitted to the school after the fourth quarter has begun.

  • Any special requirements (such as fees, tuition, uniforms) my student must meet to attend U-Prep?

    No. As a public school, U-Prep does not charge tuition, require uniforms or collect fees. Students may purchase PE shorts and shirts or wear their own dark blue shorts and gray shirts. Students must wear appropriate (athletic) shoes to be able to participate safely in physical activity.

  • Does U-Prep offer sports? If so, what sports?

    U-Prep offers all major sports that are played in the local area at both the junior high and high school level. At the junior high level, grades six through eight, we offer baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, flag football, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball. The high school offers those same sports, substituting tackle football for flag, and adding golf, ski/snowboard, swimming, tennis and wrestling.

  • Does U-Prep require parents/guardians to volunteer time?

    No, parents are not required to volunteer time. However, as parent volunteers are the foundation of our athletic and extracurricular programs as well as school fundraising efforts, we hope you will choose to participate if you have a child enrolled at the school. U-Prep would not exist without the generosity of our parent community; information about how to volunteer is available in the Main Office. Parent organizations such as the U-Prep Educational Foundation, Athletic Boosters, Theater Arts Boosters, and the Sober Graduation Committee need your assistance. Our many campus clubs also offer opportunities for parent involvement, and parents are always welcome to assist office staff with events such as Arena Day. If you qualify to become an approved driver, taking athletes to competitions is another way to volunteer. Finally, volunteering is a great way to meet other families who share your interests.

  • Where do I find information about courses, school rules, and schedules?

    Each year the school office staff prepares a packet that contains handbooks, calendars, emergency cards, schedules, and other important information. This packet is available before Arena Day, which is usually the second Monday in August. We encourage parents/guardians to pick up their packet in advance of Arena Day. This will give you an opportunity to complete paperwork and will shorten your time at Arena Day. Handbooks, calendars and bell schedules are also accessible on our website.

  • What is the Foundation?

    The U-Prep Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the mission of the school. Through fundraising, the Foundation has provided funds for special projects or materials, underwritten the cost of the college trips, and contributed to various school wide goals. Past projects include supplying each classroom with Apple TV’s and furnishing the high school media center.

  • How can I get involved with the Foundation or other parent groups?

    The Foundation meets once a month and welcomes new parents; you may sign up to buy scrip or help with Foundation’s auction dinner by clicking on their link on the school’s website ( Other parent groups are the Athletic Boosters, Music Boosters, the Sober Grad Committee, and the Theater Arts Boosters Club. Contact our main office (245-2790) for information about how you can become involved. The U-Prep School Board meets monthly; agendas and minutes are posted on the website.