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Uniquely UMA

A public charter school located in St. Paul, Upper Mississippi Academy is a collaborative community engaging lifelong learners in active, authentic experiences. If you’re looking for a vibrant, pioneering, experience-based charter school with a growing student body, UMA could be for you.

We pride ourselves on our philosophy of teacher-as-designer, expecting and encouraging teachers to incorporate subject area content with real-world context, including cross-curricular collaboration and the development of partnerships with local community members and organizations. Our St. Paul urban location provides access to a broad spectrum of community partnerships.

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In their own words ...

Why choose UMA?

Student Blossomed
"My daughter loves school and is constantly telling me about her academic day. Learning through doing has made all the difference for her."
— Sonja, Parent
All Abilities Welcomed
"We have a very welcoming and inclusive environment that attracts students of all abilities and allows them to learn alongside each other, no matter what those abilities may be!"
— Lesley Ernst, Special Education Coordinator
Surviving to Thriving
"We moved our son to UMA and he's come out of his shell. He talks to us much more, and there's a lightness to his daily life that wasn't there before."
— Anonymous, Parent
A Switch to UMA Pays Off
"It was wonderful, and a bit startling, that after 6 weeks at UMA, our student simply offered, “I like school.” The leap of faith in her brand new school has paid off!"
— Eric & Shannon, UMA Parents

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Upper Mississippi Academy

Upper Mississippi Academy is a public charter school providing high-quality education for students in grades 6-12 in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area. Located in downtown St. Paul, UMA’s experiential, collaborative environment encourages dynamic teaching and learning through an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional instructional approach.



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