Our Mission
Upper Mississippi Academy is a collaborative community engaging lifelong learners in active, authentic experiences.

Inquiry-Based Learning
We inspire curiosity, encourage questioning, celebrate perseverance and foster exploration of our world.

Experiential Learning Pathways
Our Pathway curriculum engages students in hands-on learning, through which they gain relevant and applicable life skills.

Life-Long Kindergarten
A philosophy that embodies the spirit of Kindergarten playfulness, woven throughout our classes and curriculum.

Welcome to Upper Mississippi Academy

Upper Mississippi Academy is a tuition-free public charter school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. We provide a high quality education for students grades 6-12 by using innovative teaching methods to foster creativity and promote student achievement. UMA’s engaging environment encourages dynamic teaching and learning through an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional instructional approach.

Why Choose UMA?

Because we do things differently! In addition to CORE studies, our curriculum includes four unique Learning Pathways, created to foster creativity and promote achievement. This dynamic approach provides high quality education through hands-on, practical application of both academic standards and life skills.

Simply put, students learn and live at UMA.

What's it like to be a student?

At UMA students engage in both collaborative and self-directed projects. We provide an interdisciplinary academic environment, prime for experimentation, reflection, advancement and improvement. We integrate and encourage community-based learning as well.

We encourage creativity and innovation, and support and encourage the types of projects students are interested in!


From the Executive Director

Interested in UMA for your student(s)?

Attend one of our upcoming Information Sessions to learn more about UMA, see the school, meet teachers and staff and get your questions answered!

UMA will be open today with normal start and dismissal times

Should this change, or if there are relevant updates regarding bussing delays or changes, we will post information here on the website as well as send out a notice to families via email.