Why Choose UpROAR Leadership Academy

UpROAR Leadership Academy (ULA) is a free public charter school for grades 5-12. We nurture and educate the whole child and provide a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that includes honors and advanced placement classes. 


We empower our co-ed ‘cadets’ through educational excellence. Our rigorous and challenging curriculum is taught by North Carolina licensed instructors who use technology to ensure our students are prepared to meet a progressive future. 


Every cadet participates in local service projects to understand the meaning of giving back to our community. We also offer a sports program, fine arts, music and theatrical skill development. Each day, we help our cadets develop a strong character foundation which includes our core values: 


  • Honor

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Leadership


Conceptualized and founded by our Executive Director Genesia Newsome, UpROAR Leadership Academy was created to serve children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region of North Carolina. While serving in Afghanistan, Ms. Newsome recognized her passion to serve and give all students a chance at success. From this passion grew UpROAR Leadership Academy.


UpROAR educates our cadets to be leaders by concentrating on high academic standards as well as life skills. Our cadets succeed in our seven core competencies: 


  • Academics

  • Vocational

  • life skills

  • Healthy Living

  • Physical Fitness

  • Service Projects

  • Productive Citizens


UpROAR Leadership Academy focuses on the development of the whole cadet; we include academic excellence, character building, leadership, and personal growth in every school day together. We provide every ULA cadet with a safe place to receive the guidance and support they need to be successful.


UpROAR Leadership Academy develops the leaders of tomorrow within a structured environment; focused on character development, high academic standards and post-secondary readiness. We teach the importance of sitting up straight and looking others in the eyes  -- ​alongside our daily affirmations reminding every cadet how special, valued and important they are.