Upper Mississippi Academy is a public school district located in St. Paul, MN. It has 250 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
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Upper Mississippi Academy Reviews
I've had a really great experience with my soon to be 8th grader. He was moved to the school mid-year in 7th grade and experienced bullying at the previous public school. UMA staff and all of the students were extremely welcoming to my son. He said that bullys just don't exist at UMA, everyone is awome. The educational experience has also been great thus far. All of the teachers have helped us navigate his first year and been able to help us figure out the homework situation and work within my son's IEP. Sending my younger son there this year too! The only negative from my son's experience was the food :-) but I think that's pretty much all school food, and he's pretty picky.
We had a very poor experience. We were very excited and hopefully that this school would provide the incredible support, communication, and academics they boasted about during our tour and initial parent/teacher conferences. However, this experience was absolutely horrendous for my 6th grader. We will be moving on to a different charter school next year and feel that this entire school was a waste of her time and stunted her opportunity to grow. There are, however, a few hidden gems (teachers and social workers) the 6th grade art teacher, math teacher, culinary teacher, and social worker were exceptional.
This school is for people who think outside the box, and don't fit the "norm." It's great for people who need accommodations and an understanding environment. Though disorganized at times, this school is a welcoming place. Focused less on testing and more on showing your learning through oftentimes open-ended projects, this school is a good one at heart.