“The Universal Education mission is to provide an unparalleled rich and high quality education for every scholar and to prepare them for college and 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. Universal will be recognized as a change agent and national leader in urban education as evidenced by student awareness of self, high academic achievement, positive school culture, and community transformation wherever we serve.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Neighborhood

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

English/Language Arts
Our literacy program incorporates all components of the Comprehensive Literacy Framework. During the reading block, students receive Common Core standards based instruction for shared reading and writing, guided reading and writing, and independent reading and writing.

Our math curriculum was developed to ensure that all scholars acquire both procedural fluency and conceptual understanding in all of the major math strands. Students receive instruction that allows them to engage in “productive struggle” by receiving instruction that is focused, coherent, and rigorous.

The science curriculum is designed to allow scholars the opportunity for hands-on exploration of the four areas of science as identified in the PA Common Core. Scholars participate and engage in experiments and inquiry that allows them to learn about the world in which they live through engagement, exploration, explanation, extension, and elaboration.

Course Offerings

Art, Coding, Music, Physical Education, STEM, Technology

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Enrichment, African Dance, African Drumming, After School Program, Debate, Newspaper


  • 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 | 2017 | 2015
  • 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 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    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.
    2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014


  • 2012

    Initial Charter

  • 2017

    Charter Renewed

  • 2022

    Next Renewal Review