“Universal Daroff Charter School’s mission is to provide an exemplary program for young learners, taking a holistic approach that focuses on academics, self-sufficiency, civic responsibility, physical well being, and community linkages where the values of self, family, and community are incorporated in all aspects of the educational process.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Neighborhood

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

English Language Arts
Universal Daroff uses a curriculum that is aligned with PA Academic Standards. It is designed to develop an early love of reading and writing with a balanced literacy approach and the support of two coaches from Children’s Literacy Initiative for grades K-3.

Universal Daroff uses enVision and Digits Math. The Common Core aligned programs seek to help students develop an understanding of math concepts through problem-based instruction, small-group interaction, and visual learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling.

Universal Daroff uses an Interactive Science curriculum that features a variety of hands-on and minds-on inquiry options to keep students engaged. All students participate in a district science fair each year where they demonstrate their knowledge of science concepts.

Social Studies
Universal Daroff uses a curriculum where culturally relevant pedagogy is inherent in all Social Studies teaching and learning. It is aligned with PA standards with focus on five components: 1) disciplinary concepts, themes, tools, 2) built-in Inquiry, 3) communication through complex texts, 4) differentiated instruction, 5) evaluation of sources.

Course Offerings

Art, Computer, Instrumental Music, Physical Education

Extracurricular Activities

21st Century After School Program, I am Boomie, Team Up Philly, Basketball, Football, Cooking, Picture Perfect


  • 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.
    2018 | 2017 | 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.
    2018: 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
  • 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


  • 2010

    Initial Charter

  • 2015

    Charter Renewed

  • 2020

    Next Renewal Review