Mission

“The mission of the Universal Institute Charter School is to provide a school to career academic program that emphasizes self-sufficiency, civic responsibility and problem solving through mathematics, language arts and the sciences. The educational program utilizes community resources within the school’s immediate neighborhood through a variety of before, during, and after school partnerships with families, businesses, social agencies, civic groups and community organizations to enhance the academic program and to support students and their families.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • March 1, 2018

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Children Literacy Initiative (CLI)
Improve scholar reading in grades K-2

Science
Universal Institute’s science curriculum is based on the 5 E’s : Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

Mathematics
Universal Institute’s math program ensures that the work of the lesson reflects the shifts that are required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Teachers employ instructional practices that allow all scholars to learn the content of the lesson.

Course Offerings

60’s Cultures and History, Arabic, Art, Consumer Math, Instrumental Music, Integrated Matematics, Music, Nutrition and Food Prep, Peace and Social Change, Poetry, Public Speaking, STEM

Extracurricular Activities

Basketball: Girls and Boys, Science Fair, Hip Hop Dance, Music (Instrument), Garden Club, Cheerleading, Math Hoops, Scrabble, and Youth Court

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 | 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 Status: Resolved
  • 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

  • 1999

    Initial Charter

  • 2003

    Charter Renewed

  • 2008

    Charter Renewed

  • 2010

    Amendment: Enrollment and Grade Increase

  • 2013

    Charter Renewed with Location Amendment

  • 2018

    Renewal Recommended