“The Universal education mission is to provide an unparalleled rich and high quality education for every scholar and to prepare them for college, technical school, and entrepreneurships leading to sustainable careers in the 21st century; and to build altruistic alumni who contribute to the transformation of their communities as future leaders and positive members of society.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Neighborhood

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

English/Language Arts
Our scholars’ love for reading has led us to partner with Children’s Literacy Initiative. Academic coaches and teachers in grades kindergarten through third, work together to ensure guided reading takes place within every classroom on a daily basis.  Our school is determined to provide targeted, individualized intervention to its scholars. Using a blended learning approach to literacy, scholars in grades four through eight receive forty-five minutes of personalized, targeted intervention daily.

To help scholars meet the expectations of Common Core Standards, teachers create engaging learning environments and rigorous lessons that exhibit the actions of mathematical practices in order to develop conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and applications of core concepts.  In addition to rigorous mathematics courses, our scholars are offered extra-curricular opportunities such as coding and real-world problem solving. We believe that such opportunities will prepare them for the demands of the 21st Century.

Course Offerings

Art, Health, Physical Education, Reading, Technology

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Enrichment, After School Program, Art Club, Ballet, Basketball, Chess Club, Coding Club, Crochet, Dance, Friend-N-Deed, Gym Games, Homework Support, Karate, Knitting Club, Math Club, Painting, Photography Club, Scrabble, Spoken Word, Theater Club


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2015
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2016: Unresolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 20172016 | 2015 | 2014
  • Future Ready PA Index
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014


  • 2013

    Initial Charter

  • 2018

    Renewal Recommended