Dear University Prep Parents,
We are writing to share some news about the future of the school. After some difficult discussions, the board has voted to close University Prep Academy-Pinellas. Fortunately, Pinellas County Schools has agreed to work to keep the school open in our existing building as a district school for the 2016-17 school year.
Many of you spoke passionately in support of the school at our July 8th board meeting. At that meeting, we learned that UPA-Pinellas has received an F state school grade for the third year in a row. By state law, this means that the school must close. At the meeting, our board decided to explore whether or not we had grounds to appeal to the state for a waiver to stay open. Unfortunately, we have confirmed that UPA-Pinellas did not make strong enough learning gains this past school year to win an appeal.
Officials with Pinellas County Schools will be reaching out to you soon with information about the school. We will work closely with district officials during this transition period.
We appreciate your support and your partnership during your time with us, and we deeply regret that we are not going to be able to continue our work with you and your students.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Darius Adamson directly at 727-498-3379.
Darius Adamson, Executive Director