UPrep

UPrep is a 6-12 school in the Wedgwood neighborhood of northeast Seattle where extraordinary faculty and staff are devoted to each student's potential.
Students learn that when they are asked to explore everything, they discover they can achieve anything. Students encourage each other to discover and develop their limitless potential and learn to lead their way.
UPrep is committed to developing each student's potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.
Students graduate UPrep prepared for college and life.  UPrep's challenging academic program in an inclusive environment encourages students to grow confident.
Surrounded by a diverse community of faculty, coaches, mentors, and friends on a campus intentionally designed for close connections, promising students find their voice, their passions, and their purpose during a shared journey of joyful self-discovery.
At UPrep, students learn to lead a life of learning.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 703 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $46,150
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 16
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Why We Chose UPrep - 01/03/2024
    Michele Miyoshi, parent to a 9th grade student and a 12th grade student, explains why her family chose UPrep
  • UPrep Supports Each Student’s Leadership Potential: Leadership opportunities come in many shapes and sizes - 12/06/2023
    UPrep offers students a range of opportunities to find their voice, their passions, and their purpose. Students acquire leaderships skills in many ways: through the extraordinary Fine Arts Program, the ...moreno-cut Athletics Program, co-curricular activities, and student-led clubs. Teachers, coaches, mentors, and friends encourage Pumas to develop their potential and learn to lead their way. hide
  • UPrep Students Earn National Merit Recognition - 10/26/2023
    Earlier this month, the College Board informed UPrep that nine of our seniors are being recognized as either a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, National Merit Commended Scholars, or National ...moreRecognition Program Scholars. hide

Top Rankings

UPrep ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1976

Student Body

Total Students
703 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
50%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade
UPrep Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
100 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 16
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Middle school tuition: $44,790
% on Financial Aid
16%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$35,410
Admissions Director
Ryan Hannon

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Affinity Groups, Debate, Mock Trial, Model UN, Students of Service, The Puma Press

School Notes

At UPrep, our students learn that when they are asked to explore everything, they discover they can achieve anything. Students encourage each other to discover and develop their limitless potential and learn to lead their way.

We invite you to explore ourwebsite to learn more about our challenging academicprogramming and close-knit community. There are so many opportunities that await your studentat UPrep!
  • Discover our engagingIntensivesprogram, where your student will get the chance twice per yearto spend three weeks exploring their passions and interests.
  • Check out ourGlobal and Outdoor Education Programs, which will giveyour student the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone to have transformative experiences, foster meaningful relationships, and engage with new communities and environments with respect, responsibility, and integrity.
  • Our participation-based, no-cutAthleticsprogram is a hugepart of ourschool culture. There is always space on our teams for every student, regardless of experience or skill level.Go Pumas!
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belongingis at the heart of our school, both literally and figuratively.From our affinity groups, classroom projects, and Puma Heritage Celebration, equity,inclusion, and belongingare embedded in all that we do.
  • OurCollege CounselingOffice will help guide your student into the next phase of their development-adulthood-and partner with them to find a home at the institution that's right for them.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Sam Cho - politician
    • Justin Kan - internet entrepreneur and investor
    • Benjamin Mako Hill - technologist and author
    • Katherine Reynolds - professional soccer player
    • Emi Meyer - jazz pianist and singer-songwriter
    • Rob Johnson - politician
    • Jackson Ragen - professional soccer player
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does UPrep cost?
UPrep's tuition is approximately $46,150 for private students.
What schools are UPrep often compared to?
UPrepis often viewed alongside schools like Lakeside School, Seattle Academy by visitors of our site.
Who are famous alumni from UPrep?
UPrep famous alumni include: Sam Cho, Justin Kan, Benjamin Mako Hill, Katherine Reynolds, Emi Meyer, Rob Johnson and Jackson Ragen.
What sports does UPrep offer?
UPrep offers 8 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.
What is UPrep's ranking?
UPrep ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for: Highest percentage of students of color and Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for UPrep?
The application deadline for UPrep is Jan. 16.
In what neighborhood is UPrep located?
UPrep is located in the Northeast Seattle neighborhood of Seattle, WA. There are 13 other private schools located in Northeast Seattle.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
5  
UPrep has been such a great place for our family. Our sons began in 6th grade and while they are very different students, they each found great friends and lots of ways to engage and learn at UPrep. UPrep`s fantastic teachers have created a culture where kids feel free to experiment with new things. Academics are both rigorous and collaborative so it feels really positive rather than overly competitive. The school embraces cutting-edge curriculum like their intensives program where kids spend 3 weeks focusing completely on one area of study. The athletics program has an inclusive no-cut policy. The parent/guardian community is welcoming and we have enjoyed volunteering and making lots of lasting friendships. Finally, the outstanding college counseling office expertly guided our son successfully through the college search process! So clearly we love UPrep and highly recommend it!
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5  
I attended UPrep for high school almost 20 years ago, but still feel a strong connection to the school and the community. My teachers were engaged and seemed truly invested in my happiness and success. I had so many opportunities to explore new interests and try new things. It really felt like a safe place for students to learn and grow.
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5  
Our two kids have been at UPrep since 6th grade. We have been completely happy and satisfied with our experience. The culture of kindness guides everyone from students to administrators. It encourages kids to excel academically, but to also become kind, aware, well-rounded individuals. The teachers are excellent, accessible and create relationships with students based on mutual respect. There is a strong sense of community and belonging. An expectation of independence, along with small classes and constant support from many people, gives our kids what they need to learn to their own potential. Both kids have discovered activities and interests that they will take into their lives thanks to a rich curriculum with many choices. Other standout experiences that make UPrep unique are the no-cut sports policy and the intensives program which has allowed our kids to get off campus to have memorable and important learning experiences. Finally, as we enter their senior and junior year, I must mention the absolutely outstanding college counseling office. I am sure that their knowledge, guidance, communication, and support will ensure that our kids find just the right college. I am also confident that UPrep has prepared them to successfully thrive in the next step of their education.
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5  
University Prep a very special place. Looking back at my time at UPrep in middle-and upper school - it was an amazing time that I am grateful for everyday. A challenging education from the best faculty could hope for in a college prep atmosphere that fostered community while inspiring the individual. College was a snap -thanks to the education I received. Today, my son attends UPrep. While I look around and see how different the campus is, the dedication and heart are the same. After 40 years, UPrep continues to be a cutting edge, inclusive community shaping the next generation of global citizens. The learning and life experience gained here is second to none.
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5  
With two completely different style learners in our house, finding our family's best fit was a hurtle without them in two separate schools. UPrep has exceeded our expectations. The faculty and staff all know my children and family. The teachers who care about your child's success has been overwhelming. From becoming new member of the community, feeling right at home from the start, to now looking for colleges with a high schooler, our family has utilized every aspect of the school expertise, compassion, and experience to take my children to the next stage in their lives. They are ready, independent, strong, compassionate members of society.
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5  
Our family experience with University Prep has been very positive. The high quality of educators and administrators have offered to our children an amazing academic program and the socio-emotional support appropriate for their teen years. I have been impressed with the content of the curriculum and the great variety of engaging courses that students can take. The approach is experiential and presents many different options in arts and athletic opportunities. The local, national, and global educational opportunities are incredible as students learn and explore cultures while developing critical thinking and understanding of diversity and social justice issues. U Prep commitment and approach to equity and inclusion fits our family values. Finally, the level of community building and the thoughtful communication to parents makes the experience at U Prep welcoming to families. We love this school!
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5  
As an alum of University Prep who graduated 23 years ago, my review is based on my experience looking back at my time at the school. I can say it was one of the best experiences I had. I made life long friends, had a happy high school experience, got opportunities to do things that I never would have at a larger public school (i.e. played sports, participated in musicals and dramas, traveled to different countries through programs offered...etc.). Although the school has gotten bigger and changed in many ways, the culture and teachers I experienced remains true today as it did more than 20-years ago. If you have the opportunity to attend you prep I would highly recommend it.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 703 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $46,150
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 16
  • Source: Verified school update

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