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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Harding University Partnership School (HUPS) is a vibrant neighborhood school with an international focus. HUPS is an authorized International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Program (IB/PYP) World School. We know that IB/PYP offers tremendous advantages for students, helping them to become “citizens of the world.”  Through the IB/PYP, we provide a well-rounded program that incorporates Common Core curriculum with an international focus. Our teachers have completed extensive IB training in the latest instructional practices, assessment and reflection to bring your child an educational experience that is world-renowned. 


Our curriculum builds on Common Core State Standards delivered through internationally developed, research-supported educational practices. The “Inquiry” process is a primary strategy used to integrate higher order thinking, questioning, and application of content knowledge through science and social studies. At the completion of “Units of Inquiry,” students participate in projects that promote responsible citizenship, applying content knowledge through community action. Character education is approached through IB Attitudes and Outcomes. Students regularly assess their ability to exhibit citizenship

. In addition, Transitional Kindergarten through sixth grade, students explore Spanish as a world language, participate in the iCan Art program and partake in a comprehensive music program all taught by certificated teachers.


HUPS has an on-going partnership with the University of California at Santa Barbara. Through our Partnership Core Committee we monitor college students in the classroom to enrich our curriculum, to tutor students in need and to provide counseling through their Doctoral program.  HUPS has a college-going culture which is a thread that weaves through every unit of inquiry at every grade level.  This coupled with our annual whole school field trip to UCSB has all HUPS students confident that they will go to college.


Finally, parents are actively involved at HUPS and are welcome in classrooms, helping to extend and enrich the curriculum. Programs such as A-OK for grades 1st through 6th and the After School Program for TK and K are offered after school. We offer after school art and robotics and hope to add to those offerings in 2015-2016.  We invite neighborhood families to join us for these as part of our learning community.


As the principal at Harding University Partnership School, I hear everyone from staff, students and families talk about the positive atmosphere here. They describe HUPS as a welcoming place where the environment is deeply caring. Our school's extremely high quality staff dedicated to academic achievement for all, makes Harding University Partnership School a choice for more than 400 students.