Letter from the Superintendent 

University Academy Families and Friends,

The 2019-20 school year has begun.  This is the 20th school year in UA's illustrious history! This year, UA welcomes over 150 new students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade. To families and donors new to UA, I want to welcome you!

The faculty and students were busy this summer. Some highlights include:

  • Twenty-four Upper School students participated in Summer Abroad programs or National Outdoor Leadership School program.
  • A record 690 students attended summer school for enrichment and support during the month of June.
  • 18 alumni completed paid summer internships through the University Academy Foundation.
  • We repainted the gym floor and began construction on a new concession room.

The Class of 2019 set all-time records for scholarships earned ($12.5 million), and average ACT score (22.6) and those mighty Gryphons have now moved on college.  Three graduates from class of 2019 were admitted to Ivy League Schools (Harvard, Princeton and Cornell).  The Class of 2020 is also a very strong class, so we look forward to seeing our seniors achieve their dreams this year. 

Test scores will be reported a little differently from the State this year.  Instead of giving schools an Annual Performance Report (APR), which is a number between 1-100%, the State will simply report on the percentage of students testing Advanced/Proficient on standardized tests, as well as college and career readiness measurements.

I want to encourage everyone in the Gryphon family to be mindful of how we treat one another, how we speak to one another, and how we conduct ourselves.  It is a privilege to attend UA, work at UA and be part of UA.  We all must work together to help students advance academically, emotionally, and set themselves up for success beyond high school.

I'm also excited to let you know that we have been fortunate to raise quite a bit of funding for UA and the University Academy Foundation this past year.  These funds allow us to provide enrichment opportunities, such as study abroad, dual credit classes, science field trips, extra classroom books, ACT prep, summer camps, and summer college experiences.  In total, we have raised more than $650,000 in the past year.  I'm particularly moved by the donations that are coming from Alumni, who value their experience at UA and want to give future Gryphons even more opportunities.

Thank you to all the parents for working with us over the summer and the first few weeks of school. The feeling of community is growing each day. Expect more big things from UA this year.



Tony Kline

Tony Kline
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