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Welcome to United Preparatory Academy – East.

We believe that a child's path to college starts with kindergarten. Our school is a safe, close-knit community on the near-east side of Columbus. Our dedicated teachers work hard to provide rigorous, joyful, and academically-rich instruction. It is an honor to serve our families, and we are passionate about doing whatever it takes to see our scholars succeed. 

–Valerie Kunze, School Director


School Day

Most United Preparatory Academy students ride the bus and will arrive at 8:40 AM. Students who do not ride the bus should arrive at United Preparatory Academy everyday by 8:50 AM to be counted as on time.


School Calendar

The United Preparatory Academy - East school year runs from August 22, 2018 through June 5, 2019. School hours are from 8:40 AM to 4:00 PM every day.


Additional Documents:

2018-19 Whitehall Schools Transportation Request Form

UPrep's handbook, with more information on school supplies and a sample schedule, can be found below.

2018-19 UPrep-East Scholar & Family Handbook
Read a copy of our Anti-Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, and Dating Violence Policy.

United Preparatory Academy - East
1469 East Main St.
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-586-1228
Contact: Valerie Kunze

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Interested in seeing if UPrep–East is right for your child?


To enroll for the current school year please contact the school.


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Our Team

Check out our careers pages to find leadership, teaching, and operations opportunities to join this team!


Ashley Artrip | Kindergarten Teacher

Emily Bridgman | 2nd Grade Teacher

Katie Byram | Office Manager

Anna DeHart | Kindergarten Teacher

Ashley Dodd | 1st Grade Teacher

Kayla King | Kindergarten Teacher

Jessica Kowal | 1st Grade Teacher

Valerie Kunze | School Director

Casey LaRocco | 2nd Grade Teacher

Taylor Lorentzen | 1st Grade Teacher

Autumn Pack | 2nd Grade Teacher

Abigail Schranz | Intervention Specialist

Deidre Spahn | Kindergarten Teacher

Stephanie Webb | Dean of Students



Jackie Bean - Vice-Chair | Director of People & Strategy, Flying Horse Farms 

Amber Merl Member | Associate, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP

Mark Ogden - Treasurer | Preconstruction Manager, Turner Construction

John Shockley - Chair | Vice President - Wealth Management, PNC Bank

Cara Vendeville - Member | Recruiter, Teach For America

Bill Weger - Secretary | Specialist - Business Consulting, Nationwide

Amanda C. Williams - Member | For Impact - The Suddes Group, Marketing & Business Development