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Welcome to

UPrep–State St.


Welcome to United Preparatory Academy – State St.

At UPrep, our mission is to ensure all of our scholars are on the path to college! To accomplish this, we establish a positive, rigorous, and joyful culture in every classroom. We push our young scholars hard, and it's inspiring to see them grow so fast. We are fortunate to have outstanding, dedicated teachers who go the extra mile for kids, and we are grateful that families trust us with the responsibility of educating their children.

Ben PachtSchool 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 every day by 8:50 AM to be counted as on time. 


School Calendar

The United Preparatory Academy 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

The 2018-19 UPrep-State Enrollment Packet
The 2018-19 South-Western City Schools Transportation Request Form

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

Read a copy of our Anti-Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, and Dating Violence Policy.

United Preparatory Academy – State St.
617 West State St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-453-8993  Fax: 614-375-1337
Contact: Ben Pacht

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Interested in seeing if UPREP–State St. is right for your child?


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Our Team

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


Essence Brittentine | Office Associate
Marcellette Browne | Teaching Fellow
McKenna Buckley | Kindergarten Teacher
Veda Chokshi | 2nd Grade ELA, Grade-Level Chair
Jessica Corkins | Kindergarten Teacher
Jordan Crenshaw | 1st Grade Science and Social Studies
Shawn Dyer | 4th Grade Science and Social Studies
Princeda Gray | Office Coordinator
Allison Erford | Intervention Specialist
Julie Fitz | 4th Grade Math, Grade-Level Chair
Tatiana Jackson | Teaching Fellow
Abigail Jank | 4th Grade ELA

Emily Kearns | 3rd Grade ELA, Grade Level Chair
Samantha Mason | 2nd Grade Science and Social Studies
Ellen McIlvaine | 3rd Grade Math
Devin Nafziger | 1st Grade ELA, Grade-Level Chair
Ben Pacht | School Director
Alexis Pierce | Kindergarten Teacher
Caitlin Routson | Kindergarten Teacher, Grade-Level Chair
Natalie Schwager | 1st Grade Math
Allison Sillin | 2nd Grade Math
Alexandria Snoke | 3rd Grade Science and Social Studies
Kristina Taylor | Director of Scholar Life
Kimberly Williams | Director of Family and Community Engagement
Chelsea Wilson |  Operations Manager 



Our Board


Kim Dressel | Operations Manager, Navigator Management Partners

Sandy McIntosh | Shareholder- Freund, Freeze and Arnold

Jessica Meyer | Senior Council - Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Wes Reed | Senior Executive Recruiter, Cardinal Health

Joe Saverimuttu  | Director, Operations, Central Medical Holdings

Jerry Tsai | Vice President, Acceptd, Inc.