Letter from the Superintendent


University Academy Families and Friends,

The 2017-18 school year is off to another strong start! This year, UA welcomes over 200 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-nine Upper School students participated in Summer Abroad programs or National Outdoor Leadership School program
  • We opened our brand new athletic field, which is being used for football, track, baseball, and soccer.
  • Middle School Debate sent four teams of two to the National Debate Championship in Birmingham, AL.  One team finished 15th in the country.

The Class of 2017 set all-time records for scholarships earned ($6.6 million), and those mighty Gryphons have now moved on to college. The Class of 2018 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 is now in its second year of 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 as high as #1 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.

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.



Tony Kline

Tony Kline

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