Student Information

What is

University Prep

University Preparatory Schools (University Prep) are tuition-free public charter schools and are part of Denver Public Schools. We focus on college the second a child walks through our doors. With elements of college culture incorporated into each classroom and college campus visits each year, each U Prep scholar is on the path to a four year college degree.

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What makes us



Small, Safe, Structured

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University Prep’s first campus, University Prep-Arapahoe St, currently serves 360 scholars in grades K-5. Our second campus, University Prep-Steele St opened in August of 2016 and serves 220 scholars in grades K-5. There is a focus on consistency and structure in all classrooms so teachers are 100% focused on teaching and scholars are 100% focused on learning.

Rigor + Joy

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University Prep holds high academic expectations for every child. All U Prep scholars take assessments or “show what you knows” every 8-9 weeks to monitor their academic progress. Teachers provide intense academic supports and interventions for scholars who need it. U Prep also incorporates celebration and joy to invest scholars in learning.


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Once a family enrolls at U Prep, they participate in multiple parent orientations, a home visit, school registration, mandatory parent-teacher conferences, and parent workshops. But that’s only the beginning. Our families engage in frequent communication with their teachers to form lasting partnerships that are crucial to each scholar’s success.


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All scholars and adults in our buildings learn and live by our PREP values of Professionalism, Responsibility, Enthusiasm, and Perseverance. More than rhetoric, our values are the foundation of what we do at U Prep and something we work hard to teach our scholars alongside their daily lessons.


Mission & Values

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Educate our scholars

Achievement of our scholars comes first.

Serve our families

Deliver on our college going promise to our families

Serve our team

Always be a team player.

Walk the walk

Live the University Prep values

My child

Treat every scholar as if they were your own child.



University Prep has a high bar of rigor for EVERY scholar.

  • Beginning in kindergarten, scholars receive three hours a day of small-group (no more than 10 scholars) literacy instruction and 90 minutes of math.
  • We implement a team teaching model in the early grades and teachers departmentalize in the upper grades to focus on one core content area.
  • With college readiness as our focus, we coordinate one college visit per year for every classroom; scholars who attend K–5 will visit a minimum of six colleges by the time they graduate.
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Test Results

  • 2019 PARCC Math Results
    University Prep 3rd-5th grade scholars outperformed all 12 elementary schools in Near Northeast Denver, Denver Public Schools and the state of Colorado on the 2016 PARCC math assessment.
  • 2019 PARCC ELA Results
    University Prep 3rd-5th grade scholars outperformed all 12 elementary schools in Near Northeast Denver, Denver Public Schools and the state of Colorado on the 2016 PARCC English Language Arts assessment.

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Our Team

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Adriana Robledo-Limon
Adriana Robledo-Limon Paraprofessional 303.329.8412
Alastair Dawe
Alastair Dawe Chief Operating Officer 303.329.8412
Alexandra Ashworth
Alexandra Ashworth Kindergarten Teacher 303.249.0463
Amanda Richey
Amanda Richey First Grade Teacher 303.329.8412
Andrew Cahalan
Andrew Cahalan Principal Resident 303.292.0463
Angelica Arambula
Angelica Arambula Operations Associate 303.292.0463
Audrey Love
Audrey Love Kindergarten Teacher 303.249.0463
Bev Sloan
Bev Sloan Retired Non-Profit Executive
Brenda Stratemeyer
Brenda Stratemeyer Dean of Academics-Math 303.329.8412
Brenna Copeland
Brenna Copeland CFO, Jeffco Public Schools
Brianna Coury
Brianna Coury Paraprofessional 303.249.0463
Briea Berry
Briea Berry Manager of Fund Development & Corporate Partnerships 303.329.8412
Brittani Williams
Brittani Williams Second Grade Reading Teacher 303.329.8412
Brittany Lawson
Brittany Lawson Scholar Advancement Teacher 303.249.0463
Caren Robledo-Tiscareno
Caren Robledo-Tiscareno Kindergarten Teacher 303.329.8412
Carly Inghram
Carly Inghram Kindergarten Teacher 303.249.0463
Carmina O’Sullivan-Scimemi
Carmina O’Sullivan-Scimemi Third Grade ELA Teacher 303.329.8412
Casey Tolstoi
Casey Tolstoi Behavioral Technician 303.329.8412
Cassie Aten
Cassie Aten Second Grade Teacher 303.329.8412
Christine Fischer
Christine Fischer Fourth Grade Teacher 303.329.8412
Christine Tatum
Christine Tatum Fifth Grade Teacher 303.329.8412
Cierra Asberry
Cierra Asberry Paraprofessional 303.249.0463
Clare Lundquist
Clare Lundquist Principal 303.329.8412 x102
Cuneyt Akay
Cuneyt Akay Partner, Greenberg Traurig
Damaris Espinoza
Damaris Espinoza Receptionist 303.292.0463
David Singer
David Singer Founder & Executive Director 303.329.8412
Devin Porter
Devin Porter PE Teacher 303.329.8412
Diter Mejia
Diter Mejia Second Grade Teacher 303.249.0463
Elizabeth Brooks
Elizabeth Brooks Paraprofessional 303.329.8412
Emily Blinn
Emily Blinn Music Teacher 303.329.8412
Emily Eikelberner
Emily Eikelberner Director of Education, Tuchman Family Foundation
Erica Lopez
Erica Lopez Scholar Advancement Teacher 303.249.0463
Fernanda Garcia
Fernanda Garcia Paraprofessional 303.249.0463
Franklin Ducray
Franklin Ducray Paraprofessional 303.329.8412
Gabrielle Mann
Gabrielle Mann Third Grade ELA Teacher 303.292.0463
Gracen Staunton
Gracen Staunton Scholar Advancement Teacher 303-329-8412
Hannah Peters
Hannah Peters Scholar Associate 303.249.0463
Isaiah Hernandez
Isaiah Hernandez First Grade Teacher 303.329.8412
Jackie Bass
Jackie Bass Second Grade Math Teacher 303.329.8412
Jacob Erler
Jacob Erler First Grade Teaching Fellow 303.249.0463
James Christensen
James Christensen Third Grade Math Teacher 303.292.0463
Janáe Brown
Janáe Brown Second Grade ELA Teacher 303.292.0463
Jasmine Montero
Jasmine Montero Dean of Scholars 303.292.0463
Jesus Tiscareno
Jesus Tiscareno First Grade Teaching Fellow 303.329.8412
Juan Pena
Juan Pena Executive Director, CrossPurpose
Karla Salas
Karla Salas Dean of Operations 303.292.0463
Karly Garster
Karly Garster Fifth Grade ELA Teacher 303.292.0463
Kassandra Garcia
Kassandra Garcia Paraprofessional 303.329.8412
Kate Thatcher
Kate Thatcher Paraprofessional 303.249.0463
Kathleen Fleming
Kathleen Fleming Dean of Academics 303.329.8412
Kathryn Cook
Kathryn Cook First Grade Teacher 303.249.0463
Katie Prather
Katie Prather Kindergarten Math Teacher 303.329.8412
Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart Fifth Grade ELA Teacher 303.329.8412
Kevin Heaney
Kevin Heaney Fifth Grade Fellow 303.292.0463
Keyra Fitch
Keyra Fitch Kindergarten Teaching Fellow 303.329.8412
Kia Smith
Kia Smith Fourth Grade Math Teacher 303.292.0463
Kimberlee Sia
Kimberlee Sia President & CEO, Colorado "I Have a Dream" Foundation
Korleen Cosgrove
Korleen Cosgrove Scholar Advancement Teacher 303.329.8412
Laura Angell
Laura Angell Fifth Grade Teacher 303.292.0463
Laura Bero
Laura Bero Third Grade Reading Teacher 303.329.8412
Lauren Zink
Lauren Zink Third Grade Teacher 303.249.0463
Lexi Porrtman
Lexi Porrtman First Grade Teacher 303.249.0463
Liz Suarez
Liz Suarez Chief Academic Officer 303.329.8412
Lourdes Luna
Lourdes Luna First Grade Math Teacher 303.329.8412
Lourdes Mora
Lourdes Mora Operations Associate & Tutor Coordinator 303.329.8412
Malia Gardner
Malia Gardner Dance Teacher 303.249.0463
Mamie J. Howard
Mamie J. Howard Principal Resident (Future Principal of U Prep #3) 303.329.8412
Maria Palacios
Maria Palacios Kindergarten Teacher 303.329.8412
Mark Costanzo
Mark Costanzo Scholar Associate 303.329.8412
Megan Tomakin
Megan Tomakin Third Grade Math Teacher 303.329.8412
Mollie Major
Mollie Major Dean of Academics 303.249.0463
Monique Chavez
Monique Chavez Dean of Academics- ELA 303.329.8412
Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray Principal Resident 303.292.0463
Nic Puentes
Nic Puentes Fourth Grade Math Teacher 303.329.8412
Nicholas Martinez
Nicholas Martinez Co-Founder, Executive Director, Transform Education Now
Nick Snyder
Nick Snyder Third Grade Fellow 303.249.0463
Nick Streby
Nick Streby Kindergarten Teacher 303.249.0463
Olga Rico-Gutierrez
Olga Rico-Gutierrez Dean of Operations 303.329.8412 x.101
Paiton Coleman
Paiton Coleman Fifth Grade Teacher 303.292.0463
Phoebe Rolland
Phoebe Rolland Fourth Grade ELA Teacher 303.292.0463
Rebekah Oviatt
Rebekah Oviatt Second Grade Reading Teacher 303.292.0463
Recardo Brooks
Recardo Brooks Direct Service Manager, Chevrolet Denver/Wyoming/Montana
Rinell Reynolds
Rinell Reynolds Paraprofessional 303.249.0463
Saleem Mahkuel
Saleem Mahkuel Behavorial Technician 303.249.0463
Sarah “TL” Waugh
Sarah “TL” Waugh Manager of Multilingual Education 3033298412
Sean Benton
Sean Benton Third Grade Teaching Fellow 303.329.8412
Shang Sharpe
Shang Sharpe Dean of Scholars 303.329.8412
Sofia Peralta-Amador
Sofia Peralta-Amador Manager of Talent Acquisition 303.329.8412
Susanna Pasillas
Susanna Pasillas Second Grade Teaching Fellow 303.329.8412
Tate Oligney
Tate Oligney Fourth Grade Teacher 303.329.8412
Thelma Behnke
Thelma Behnke Director of Scholar Recruitment & Enrollment 303.329.8412
Tinuke Laguda
Tinuke Laguda Second Grade Teacher 303.292.0463
Tracey Lovett
Tracey Lovett Coach, Cross Purpose
Will Dommermuth
Will Dommermuth PE Teacher 303.292.0463
Yudeli Quiroga-Perez
Yudeli Quiroga-Perez First Grade Teacher 303.292.0463

We have been a part of the University Prep family from the beginning. Over the past school years, I’ve been so proud to see my child grow, learn, and get the support that I feel EVERY child should receive.

Skye Kelley

U Prep Parent