Letter from the Superintendent 

University Academy Families and Friends,

The 2018-19 school year has kicked off with a bang! 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-five Upper School students participated in Summer Abroad programs or National Outdoor Leadership School program.
  • A record 647 students attended summer school for enrichment and support during the month of June.
  • We added over 90 additional computers for classroom use in grades K-12.

The Class of 2018 set all-time records for scholarships earned ($7.1 million), and average ACT score (22.2) and those mighty Gryphons have now moved on to college.  The Class of 2019 has its eyes on the prize, however, and is poised to make a run at those records.

Test scores from the 2017-18 school year will not come back until December of 2018.  The delay is the result of a new test being used in Missouri last spring.  We feel we are on a good track and we anticipate strong scores from last year and for this current year.  Teachers have worked hard over the summer to refine curriculum and focus on improving soft skills and relationships, particularly in our early primary grades.

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.

Extra-curricular activities were a bright spot for us last year.  The Gryphons claimed conference championships in Football and Boys Basketball.  Girls Track finished 8th in the state, led by two-time State Champ Aryionna Baston.  Senior TrayJon Bagby represented Kansas City on the KC Urban Youth Academy team that played in Washington, DC during the MLB All-Star weekend this summer.  Middle School Debate finished in the top 10 in the country, while junior Lily Scanlon was the first Gryphon from the Upper School to advance all the way to nationals last spring.  A total of 74 student athletes were named either All-Conference, All-District, All-State, or All-Academic All-State.  We will be looking to build upon all of these things this year.

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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