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University Academy-Upper

Charter | 9-12 | 212 students

 

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Posted November 6, 2014

On the exterior it looks as if this is a great school. It used to be amazing!The reality is there's a school full of African American students being taught by teachers that could care less about them. Teacher turnover at the lower school is ridiculously high. Middle school teachers are cold,uncaring and down right lazy. I have two children at this school. One has been there 7 years, the other 3. Communication from administration has become non existant. These teachers aren't bound by contracts and we've seen several at the lower school quit within months of the school year starting. The social workers on staff seem to be more concerned about being involved in a families personal business rather than help children in need. The school has a dental clinic and Children's Mercy,those are nice perks. But if your child is on the so called wait list, look elsewhere. Former teachers have admitted this school was intended to attract Caucasians in Waldo and Brookside. Instead there'd nothing but African Americans and the administration doesn't like it,and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

U.S. News & World Report awarded University Academy's high school a bronze medal for excellence. It's test scores are very high. All seniors are required to be accepted by a 4 year college. The percentage of alums who graduate from a college (measured 6 years after graduation) is triple the national average for low-income students.


Posted July 6, 2012

The high school is pretty impressive. High standards prevail. There is an atmosphere of strict discipline in the successful classrooms. The school is racially imbalanced. Neither the building nor the teachers are warm, but they do offer a challenging academic environment that can benefit the students greatly. Supposedly the school has a huge waiting list. There is an undertow of behavior problems that must constantly be contained, avoided, proactively dealt with, etc. The high school is much better than the elementary and middle school as far as behavior problems go. By high school, most students have probably internalized the take-no-prisoners ethos that the school has adopted.


Posted April 21, 2011

UA Is a great school as far as safety and the look of the outside and inside of the school. As a College Prep I would like for the High School students to have more opportunities and programs such as the A+plus program. They have a turnover of high school teachers. Summer school isn't offered for those kids who may have struggled in a core class during the year. If your child has a D or F in a class they are NOT able to attend any school functions such as PROM, homecoming dances, etc. They can NOT attend a college tour which as a College Prep school if a child is struggling in 1-2 classes but workign hard and has a strong desire to attend college why keep them from visiting it. Again, it's one of the saest schools in the inner city and looks really neat. The most caring staff is Elem. and Middle school. They actually CARE about th estudents rather than kick them when their down. Pretty outside but the heart of the school isn't right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

Administration constantly struggles to maintain control of the students and teachers are frustrated about the behavior issues in the class rooms. A portion of the classes offered at University Academy aren't required by state regulations which consequently, takes the place of state regulated classes. There are too many disruptions in the class room setting and lack of respect for teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 55% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
77%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 64% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
67%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 67% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%
English II

The state average for English II was 75% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 66% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%
Government

The state average for Government was 62% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
92%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 48% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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In 2013-2014 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students78%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Students52%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Biology

All Students65%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students75%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students94%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students72%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Government

All Students93%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students68%
Black68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 93% 17%
White 5% 74%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A45%
Female 53%N/A48%
Male 47%N/A52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3.:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Clement Ukaoma
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (816) 410-0320

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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6801 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131
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