Volume 6 No.1
University YES Academy (UYA) is a K-8 charter school in Detroit, MI, dedicated to providing a high-quality education to all of their students. Promising a 100% graduation rate, a commitment to holding fast to the quality of education, and access to the best support resources, UYA meets students “where they are” and creates individualized learning plans to provide direction for academic success. Full-scale support services including blended learning instruction, life coaches, school day and after-school tutors and counselors are just a few of the services offered by UYA.
“New Paradigm” is a phrase often mentioned in any conversation about UYA. It refers to the New Paradigm for Education (NPFE) curriculum at UYA, where good mental health and wellness are prioritized as the foundation of learning. The curriculum challenges students to a higher standard, equipping them for a successful college experience.

As part of their efforts for college readiness, UYA participates in NPFE’s College Advance Initiative (CAI). The research-based curriculum prepares for college-level work and develops skills that matter beyond the academic sphere. This push for developing responsibility, strong character, and self-study skills are part of UYA’s appeal to families in the Detroit area.

In addition to the curriculum, UYA teachers from traditional and nontraditional backgrounds bring a balance of expertise, compassion, and care to their classrooms. All educators are required to earn 50+ development hours annually, as compared to 0 to 8 hours traditionally mandated for development in other schools. The school’s social media describes this in a post with the caption, “One thing for certain and two things for sure, it’s that our commitment and promise to our scholars’ character building is unmatched.”

Students who especially struggle are referred for assistance through the Solutions Network, a program that helps find the obstacles in a child’s path and then intervenes to help the child achieve their best at school. Much like the proverbial village, UYA combines with parents to support the child’s growth and success as a student.

Great job, University YES Academy!
About Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools
Bay Mills Community College began authorizing charter schools in the year 2000 and now authorizes 46 schools serving approximately 23,660 students.
Our Mission: To ensure a quality education for urban, minority, and/or poor children by improving and expanding educational opportunities through innovative oversight methods. To provide academy boards with the necessary support and training so that they may make educated decisions that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies.