This school was improving for a while, but over the past 2-3 years it has gone into a downward spiral. The school climate used to a little chaotic but positive, now the climate is very negative. Many talented longtime teachers are leaving to teach elsewhere, and some have quit mid year. It is very sad to see a school that once had so much potential failing the students.
My child has attended this school since Pre-K, and is currently in 3rd grade. In my opinion the school has changed for the worst with each passing year, and I am currently looking into transferring my child ASAP. A lot of the staff that were orignally there when my child started have now moved on to other schools, and I can see why. The staff are unprofessional and at times have said unappropriate things to the children on several occasions. Not only has the staff gotten worst so have the children. Frankly the school is becoming very "GHETTO"
My son attended Universal for kindergarten and it was a horrible experience. I had to pull him out halfway through the year and send him to a private school. In my son's class, I observed children constantly hitting and fighting.. there was so much anger and aggression. I saw children leaving the classroom without permission, yelling, cursing, being defiant, hitting adults and the list goes on and on. The administration provided the teacher with very little support for her problem children, she was left to deal with it. It is very important to visit your child's classroom because you never fully know what's going on unless you visit. I predict that Universal will continue to go down because they are tolerating too many problem children. Be careful about sending your child to this school.. I would prefer to pay then to have my child at Universal. I did like the curriculum a lot.. but if the class is out of control, it takes away from the instructional time. So to sum up everything, the school lacks discipline.. I do not recommend it at all.
I have had a great feeling about Universal Institute Charter School from day one. That means even before my son was accepted by the school. Ms. Saba attended to and answered all my questions beyond expectation. She did her job professionally and with a wonderful attention, and so have been 99% of the teachers whom I met there. I have a son who is now a 6th grader, and a daughter who is in the kindergarten class. Ms. Jordan who teaches Kindergarten students is a great teacher, and you could not expect better, because she always does the best you would expect of a teacher. My family are not originally from America, but there has never been a single day that a teacher or the students treat my kids or us(parents) differently. This includes the principal and the assistant principal, Miss Zenobia Shah, who you would always see at UICS everyday from 7 to 7. Yes, from a.m to p.m! Thank you, UICS! We love you
I love this school. I had three sons attend UICS. K-8, 1-8 & 5-8; My oldest is an high school graduate currently working for Avis rental car & part time student. Middle son current in High School 12th preparing for College. Baby boy in High School 11th grade. My babygirl currently attends UICS; she's in K. My boys grown up to be caring/compassionate and discipline young men. I just love this school.
This is my 3rd year at UICS. It's not perfect but they are getting there. Each year new and wonderful ideas are being added to UICS' program. This year I am so excited and I look forward to welcoming in a new bunch of students. We have and exciting year planned for the students. However, I am going to need the help of all my parents for this to work. Turn off the TV, put the video/hand games away until the weekend. Read to your child, have your child read to you, then read together. Don't have time to read to your child, download books from the Free Library of Philadelphia - it's FREE! I downloaded books this summer and listened to them while I was working around in my house and in my garden. It's great!
This is my sons first and last year at this school. i have had nothing but bad experiences at this school from the very first day. Ms Dixon does not know how to care for your child. She leaves them on field trips, doesnt call in case of emergencies,leaves the children in a class by themselves, calls out of work all too often and talks to parents like she doesnt have a clue in the world. Now on to the school, this is the most unorganized school place i have ever been involved in. Half of the time when you come to pick ur kid up they do not know where they are. the phones are never picked up and lets not even talk about the unprofessionalism between secretary and parents. Principals are ot responsive to your requests. the only person in that school that has any sense is Ms.Saaba
I think its not a good school because they critacise they students too much.If you not smart or good they frown on you. Also half the staff is Muslim and they show favotism to their own poeple.
Universal Institue Charter School is noit just a school. It's a place that not only has the best interest of the child but the best interst of the family.
As a former employee of the school, I can honestly say that the administration could care less about the children. The teachers try their hardest to push the children to succeed, while administration worries about padding their wallets and their resumes. The school district of Philadelphia is making a HUGE mistake if they allow Universal to take over any of the renaissance schools.
this school i have nothing but great things to say my son has done very well with his studies the school has done so well that i am enrolling my other childern so i rate this school 100
This is a great school for my grandson i cant wait till my youngest grand son get school so i can enroll them in to the school
this school is very inviting and about educating children. it is by far one of the most institutional schools i know. and speaking as a student i enjoyed my years here and so will you.
I rate Universal Institute Charter School a 5 because I have been a teacher/parent for 8 years. I believe this school is doing its best because UICS has made Academic Yearly Progress for the last 4 years. This is happening when the Public School system in Philadelphia is failing big times.
i think this school is very informative and takes a lot of pride in teaching there student in helping them understand in school in life
My children have been atteneding Universal Charter School for three years now, It is a very warm and kids friendly environment. All my children attend the after school program and it has been very helpful. I like to think all the staff for your help and support.
I have a grandchild enrolled in Universal Institute Charter School. This is her first school experience and it is wonderful. The environment is very welcoming and her teacher is great. I am so happy for a great beginning.
This is my sons first year @ UICS. He was able to adjust very well in the new enviroment. The school made it very easy for him to adjust. I am a huge fan on the education and nutrition programs that the school offers to the child. My son is full of life and vigor and UICS is the perfect school for his enthusisim.
I encountered much unprofessionalism and was very disappointed as my educational standards are high. Slang and improper English, chock full of bad grammar can be heard often in this environment from the children and many support staffers. Kids talk about fighting alot and like to play-fight. This frightened my daughter. I was tired of hearing the alarming things that children were saying to her, so I withdrew her.
My daughter has been attending UICS since kindergarten and for the most part, I love it. Ms Jordan her kindergarten teacher was great and so was her 1st grade teacher Mr Anderson. She started off a little slow but has definitely made a big improvement especially during the 1st grade. The only thing I wish would change is having to drop the kids off in the lunch room. That is the worse, too many kids and too much hollering. Other than that it offers many opportunities for learning.
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