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Academics & Culture

The model for Uplift North Hills’s success is based on a global, college-preparatory focus.   Beginning in kindergarten, our scholars learn about college and the possibilities that lie ahead.  Each classroom has a college theme, often based on the alma mater of that teacher, and scholars are often heard singing university fight songs and cheers.  As scholars progress to middle school and high school, they enter our Road to College program and begin to picture their futures on a college campus through campus visits and a tailored curriculum focused on college preparation. 

International Baccalaureate

 IB continuum

Uplift North Hills is an IB Continuum school, one of only 3 state schools in Texas authorized for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DYP). The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

 

We hope our students will help to build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

 

The IB is different from other curricula because it:


  • encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
  • is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
  • encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.

Primary Years Programme

PYP logo  The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

 

For more information, view the PYP brochure.

Middle Years Programme

MYP logo  Uplift North Hills Middle School is an authorized school International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme school.  The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

 

For more information, view the MYP brochure.

Diploma Programme

DP program  The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

 

For more information, view the DP brochure.

 

School contacts for IB questions:

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

 

AP and Dual Credit

We offer a variety of Advanced Placement® (AP) classes, dual-credit opportunities and credit recovery during the summer. AP® courses increase the academic rigor in our high schools and expose scholars to the types of materials they will encounter in college. High school scholars who score 3-5 can earn college credit, reducing the number of hours they will have to take toward their undergraduate degree.

Testing

As a public school, we administer state STAAR tests.  Our scholars are also tested and evaluated against national standards using MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests in K-8, and the PLAN and EXPLORE series of tests developed by ACT.  These tests are used to inform instruction in the classroom in order to best prepare every scholar for college success. We strive to teach a well-rounded curriculum that encourages critical thinking, and develop customized learning plans for each scholar.  Our proven model prepares our scholars for effective test-taking without our teachers having to spend excessive time teaching for a specific test.

Technology

Technology is an integral part of the academic life at Uplift North Hills.  We utilize laptops and computer workstations which are integrated every day into the classroom at every grade level.  Additionally, we use computer tablets in some classrooms to help scholars with independent learning. Online grading and reporting systems help keep our scholars and families up to date.

Career and Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) prepares our scholars in the pursuit of high skill employment and advanced education. Our goal is to allow our scholars to engage in a changing economy and compete in the global marketplace through life-long learning skills. CTE Non-discrimination Statement.

Road To College

Beginning in the sixth grade our scholars begin our formal Road To College program which includes college visits, workshops and college fairs.  The key to the success of the program lies with our RTC counselors who help guide our scholars though the application and college selection process, and ensure our scholars are successful in college.

To learn more about the Road To College program, click here.

Culture & Safety

At Uplift North Hills each scholar is held to a high standard of moral character, encouraged to get involved in community service, and taught the value of random acts of kindness.   The atmosphere at Uplift North Hills is evident when you walk in the door.  It is an environment centered on not only academic achievement, but also developing scholars who will become informed, successful, compassionate leaders in their communities. It is our goal that our scholars develop a joy for learning and adopt the mindset of being a life-long learner.

We also pride ourselves on campus safety.  Our gated campuses, card entry system, and well-rehearsed emergency procedures ensure our scholars and our staff are kept safe and secure.

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