UPCS Mission

"For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you." - Whitman

University Park Campus School exists to provide a first-class education to a traditionally disadvantaged population. Situated in the economically challenged Main South section of Worcester, UPCS is a public, 7-12 school that accepts neighborhood students of all abilities and prepares them for success in college.

Students will be taught to read, write, and think on their own, with the realization that hard work develops a strong intellect. Every single student pursues a rigorous academic program consisting of all honors classes.  At the same time, instruction is individualized to connect to each student’s particular level of development.  There is no tracking. Instead, there are small, heterogeneous classes centered on active student inquiry and collaborative group work. UPCS utilizes extended learning blocks, morning and afternoon academic help sessions, a rich variety of extracurricular activities, and a range of powerful summer learning opportunities to develop well-rounded, deep-thinking individuals.

Students study in a building that is small, nurturing, intimate, and comfortable, but one that is inextricably connected to Clark University. The Clark University Hiatt Center for Urban Education is an important partner in developing and implementing effective teaching strategies. In addition, Clark offers UPCS students access to a number of facilities, including a research library, gymnasiums, classrooms, commons area, etc. In addition, every UPCS student will take at least one college course from Clark or from another member of the Worcester College Consortium.

The mission at UPCS is to produce students who are confident and who understand that desire and hard work beat adversity.