Future UP Students
by Chadonna, class of '17
Urban Pathways Charter School 6-12 (UP) is a free of cost public school located Downtown, Pittsburgh. The school offers opportunities and programs for students of all grade levels in order to help with growth. UP is not just a regular school, which is why the mission is to help every child find a pathway to a successful adult life in the city and beyond. In order to stand by their word UP offers small class sizes, student activities, mentors, college preparation, after-school tutoring and student recognition.
UP has small class sizes which is a great advantage to have one-on-one relationships with your teachers. That will make it easier for you to stay on top of things and manage assignments. It is also easier to grasp the concepts that are being taught in the classroom. Small class sizes also give room for high quality security and safety for the students. Being in a large size class environment disadvantages you because it becomes easier to lose focus and get distracted.
Student involvement is a essential to a school gearing towards success and we have plenty of that. There are basketball teams for our middle school and high school boys that are interested. They have a fantastic time on the court as our lady panther cheerleaders motivate them to a win. Along with that, our Black Student Union is responsible for planning activities and embracing culture throughout the African American students. BAAM & WISE, a once a month after-school program, brings new possibilities and helps students grow self love. We also participate in Gallery Crawl and Poetry Out Loud events to acknowledge students for their amazing artwork and great recitation skills.
At UP every student is assigned to a mentor and able to meet with them for a thirty minute period each day. You are able to take this time to express any questions, comments or concerns. The mentors really focus on making sure that you are on the right track and being successful. Peer Mentoring is also available for high school students to guide middle schoolers. It gives them an opportunity to put them on the right path by being a leader for them.
College preparation focuses on giving students opportunities that will guide them in the right direction for college. UP provides college prep classes, tours, and partnerships that will help students have a smooth transition from high school to college. The preparatory classes provides students all the basic information that will be essential to know. The tours are a great way to give the students a visual look at what an actual college experience will be like. Partnerships with programs like the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation provide students SAT prep, internships, and assistance with college paperwork.
After-school tutoring that is available to all students by every teacher during their office hours is very helpful. Instead of wasting time in the classroom students are encouraged to stay after-school to meet with their teacher one-on-one for any concerns they may have. Even if you are not able to stay after they have Saturday school for you to come in and get any help on your assignments.
Everyone deserves to be rewarded for their hard work and excellence that they display within the classroom. After every quarter there is an award ceremony to recognize these students for honor roll, high honor roll, and perfect attendance. Also, there is a Honors Program for students to take initiative in for their outstanding grades that they have performed over the years.
Essentially, Urban Pathways Charter School offers all students a pathway to success. UP offers small class sizes, student activities, mentors, college preparation, after-school tutoring and student recognition. It has so many great opportunities that will make you be your best!