Character at Upland

“Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a business... a home... a friendship... an organization. The remarkable thing is you have a choice every day of what your attitude will be. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the actions of others. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can change is our attitude."
Students and families are drawn to Upland to experience a learning environment that considers attitude and the development of strong character in children as important to the education process as academic, athletic and artistic growth and success. In fact, we consider attitude so important in the process that we name it in our school philosophy and balance it equally in the 4 A’s. We realize that the right attitude and character are the catalysts for all our successes at school and going forward in life. At Upland, we are not just about coursework, performances, or games, though it’s undeniable that we do quite well in these areas. The right attitude, though, can have incredible benefits for our classes, teams, productions, interactions with each other, and whatever we are doing each day as we strive for excellence.

What sets our school apart is that words like respect and character are not just terms we define; they are qualities by which we all live and work. Through all their days at Upland, children are taught that if we are positive and honorable, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. We can change others for the better and make our world a better place. If we are negative, we can change others for the worse. At a time when technological advances happen daily and the world as we know it keeps changing, we help our students develop not only the academic skills they will need in the future but an attitude and character they will use to succeed, face life’s adversities and thrive in any situation.
At Upland, with the right attitudes, our students are empowered to learn more, to do more and to be more.

Our Motto: Understanding, Trust, Responsibility

In addition to our emphasis on instilling our students with a positive attitude and character, we prepare kids for future academic success and life by living by the core values of our school motto – understanding, trust, responsibility.

List of 3 items.

  • Understanding

    Inspires action toward others with empathy, care, and acceptance.
  • Trust

    Fosters integrity and truthfulness, which leads to correct and honest actions.
  • Responsibility

    Encourages valuing the rights and opinions of others as well as acting with good judgment and consideration toward others.