University Preparatory Elementary

UP ELEMENTARY prepares students in kindergarten through grade five to succeed in middle school, high school, and college.

Determined to close the achievement gap of students in Baton Rouge, and dedicated to the philosophy that COLLEGE STARTS IN KINDERGARTEN, UP Elementary brings our mission to life by providing a purposeful learning environment driven by a high expectations culture, best practice instructional strategies, and great human capital.

Our goal is to change the trajectory of our students’ lives by creating what increasing numbers of education reformers refer to as a “new normal” of college ready and college bound graduates in our poorest communities. If a child is to ever be in the position to exercise the choice for college and the ability to succeed there, that road to college must begin in kindergarten.

We seek to provide a high quality K-5 educational option for families in North Baton Rouge. Our long term vision is that:

  • the road to college is in place for 100% of UP Elementary graduates.
  • students & families are ambitious for the opportunities future learning provides.
  • strong literacy and math skills open learning for every student.
  • the character to master academics and face challenges is developed in every child.