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Uplift North Hills Preparatory

(Grades K-12)

606 E. Royal Lane

Irving, TX 75039



Year opened: 1997-98

Number of students (2014-15): 1,555

First graduating class: 2001-2002


School Leadership Team:


  • Karen Aikman, Associate Managing Director (K-8) 
    • Nicole Wallin, Primary School Director
      • Julie Hills, PYP Dean
      • Christina Ballinger, Primary Dean of Students
    • George Rutzen, Middle School Director
      • Nicolau Pereira, MYP Dean
      • Ben Hunt, Middle School Dean of Students


  • Karen Evans, Associate Managing Director (9-12)
    • Heather Pereira, High School Director
      • Jakkia Hollingsworth, HS Dean of College Prep
      • Stacy Stoyanoff, AP/DP Dean
      • Deborah Hargrove, High School Dean of Students


  • Michelle Schultz, Regional Director of Operations
    •  Rich Young, Operations Director

  • Ranked as the 2nd in the nation in America's Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post for 2014

  • Received a GOLD rating among Best High Schools in the nation as determined by US News & World Report

  • International Baccalaureate certified for Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme

  • 100% of 2014 graduates are attending college

  • Uplift North Hills Prep is located in Northwest Dallas county and has no district boundaries. It serves students from Irving, Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Grapevine-Colleyville, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Lewisville school districts. North Hills Prep’s charter was approved by the state of Texas in April 1996, and the first graduating class of 2002 contained 18 seniors.