Letter from the Superintendent
University Academy Families and Friends,
The 2016-17 school year is off to another strong start! This year, UA welcomes 222 new students in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade. To families and donors new to UA, I want to welcome you! This newsletter will come to you on a quarterly basis and is meant to keep you informed of developments at UA from an organizational level. Parents will also receive school-specific newsletters from your child’s principal throughout the year.
The faculty and students were busy this summer. Some highlights include:
- Twenty-one (21) Upper School students traveled overseas this summer as part of the Friends of UA Travel Abroad Program.
- Two (2) Upper School students attended Debate and Academic camps at Harvard, and the University of North Texas.
- One (1) Upper School student participated in the National Outdoor Leadership School program (NOLS)
- Nineteen (19) Middle School students attended summer camps.
- A new record 576 students attended Summer School.
- Student-athletes attended camps and worked on strength training all summer.
The Class of 2016 set all-time records for scholarships earned ($6.3 million), and those mighty Gryphons have now moved on to college. The Class of 2017 has its own goals and those seniors are already working hard to achieve them. The senior year is a combination of celebration and stress. The UA family will be here to support them throughout the year.
The Middle School has transitioned to standards-based grading this year and the focus is developing a growth mindset. We feel these changes will help students transition to the Upper School even smoother over time. The Middle School returns a talented group of students both in the classroom and in competition. We look forward to seeing last year’s Debate Team (ranked #38 in the country) get back in action. We also expect big things from Athletics, Robotics, and Science Olympiad.
Lower School is coming off a stellar year of academic gains. Grades 3-5 have implemented subject specialists this year, meaning the students see different teachers for different subjects each day. The 5th grade pilot program last year proved to be a dramatic success, so we decided to extend it. We have also modified our traditional computers class to feature more coding lessons, and we added a Creative Movement class to the rotation to give students more time to move and exercise during the week.
Finally, the athletic field construction is coming along. We anticipate the new stadium being complete this fall.
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 big things from UA this year.