Mission

“Universal Vare STEM and ARTS Academy strives to meet the needs of all scholars by promoting: high expectations for all, independent thinkers, and life long learners. Universal Vare supports a wide-ranging academic curriculum in the areas of STEM and the ARTS. Universal Vare’s mission is to ensure that each of our scholars develop a rich and meaningful foundation that will foster the transferable skills of efficacy and effort preparing them for academic success in secondary and post secondary endeavors.”

  • 5-8

    Grades Served

  • Rolling

    Application Deadline

  • Neighborhood

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Project Lead the Way STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Programs
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.

Robotics Program
Students will utilizing Lego Mindstorm kits, software and various Lego Robotics materials. The objective is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. This course will involve students in the development, building and programming of a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Some topics include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems.

Course Offerings

Core Content, Art, Music and Computer Science Courses

Extracurricular Activities

We have enrichment classes, dance, basketball, intramural sports and clubs.

Reports

  • 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
  • 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. 
    2016-2017
  • 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

Timeline

  • 2011

    Initial Charter

  • 2016

    Charter Nonrenewal Recommended

  • 2018

    Charter Nonrenewal Update