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Universal Vare Charter School

PHONE: (215) 952-8611 SCHOOL TYPE: Public Charter Neighborhood GRADES: 5-8 ENROLLMENT: 218

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Universal Vare is the ONLY career and technical education middle school program in South Philadelphia! At Universal Vare STEM and Arts Academy, we are specialists in working with middle school students in grades five through eight. We know how to guide scholars towards independence while providing the support they need. We offer parents and students the educational tools scholars need to succeed in middle school and beyond. We strive to construct a stable middle school learning environment, where academic excellence is the center focus to developing the whole child. Our highly qualified, certified faculty and staff use research-based programs; progressive, student-based teaching and learning strategies, and various enrichment programs to support children and families. At Universal Vare, scholars and their families come first! Together, families and schools build a community of life long learners!

Points Of Pride

  • Universal Vare ranked third overall in the tri-state area in the SEA Perch Robotics program
  • Career Week focuses on goal setting and financial planning in preparation for our scholars to go to and through college
  • Universal Vare scholars have access to rigorous coursework: Algebra I and STEM - Universal Vare has two academies: STEM and Arts. Scholars learn how to code and create multimedia projects. Scholars are learning how to create symphonies and beats using Garage Band and beat machines
  • Have an Afterschool Program that supports scholars with academics as well as extra-curricular activities

Admissions Policy

Open to all students who live in the school attendance zone or catchment area. If space permits, the school may also enroll students who live outside of the attendance zone. Enrollment priority is given to the following groups in this order: Sibling attending, Lives in catchment, Lives in Philadelphia (out-of-catchment)

Accreditations and Honors

  • 2014: City Hall Citation for Educational Leadership
  • 2012: 3rd in the District for First In Math
  • 2012: Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Model School for Universal Family of Schools

Hours of Operation

Sun -
Mon8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tues8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wed8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thur8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat -

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