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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA

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800 South 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

(215) 732-7988
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September 06, 2014
This school is a prelude to sending your child to prison. Older children playing football before school starts, in a lot adjacent to the auditorium, is ok but their language is horrible, using the F*** word loudly as parents walk by. These boys are not being supervise by school officials, principal is not present to meet and welcome students to a new day at school. A bell in ring and the children head toward a large auditorium and take a seat. The noise level is unbelievable and administration is taking zero steps to solve this issue. Daroff's test scores are in the 30% to 50% for math and reading forget about the test scores for science, its too low to discuss. The administration is during a disservice to this West Philadelphia community by not educating its children. If you want want your child to be in the fast for prison, go ahead and sent them to Daroff School.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
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.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2012
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"

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
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

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2010
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!

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
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.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating January 14, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 13, 2010
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.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 12, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2010
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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 11, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2009
I have 4 daughters there and I have to say this is the most wonderful place in Philadelphia. I love the staff.

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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
December 18, 2008
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December 10, 2008
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November 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2008
I have an 12 year old that is now in the 7th grade and another in the first grade this year so far My girls have been improving to me with their grades and attitude expecially my 7th grader she have improve a whole lot this year I'am so proud of her she has been frustrated and not being able to consentrate on her work and I think that she has miss alot of good information last year but now I can tell that she is getting more professional help this year and my 1st grader is just the beggining for her but she is no sweat she will do wonderful too! I'm a hard working mother of three and reliable and encourage my girls everyday to take your time in the work that they do and strive for the best and they will acheive!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2008
I feel when it comes to awarding students especially on graduation that they are not fair to all students especially when your not of the right faith of the Leader of the school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2008
my child has been going to UICS for 9 years so far. She's now in the 8th grade. I love this school so much. And now my 5 year old son goes there. Their currculim is great. The teachers are awesome. I love the school so much. The school is in a great area and everything. I told all my friends about UICS and they even applied there children there. The school is great.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My son has been there since grade k he is now in the forth grade. The school is always growing and doing new things to keep the parents in touch with their child's learning. My daughter went there also. She did not do as well as my son. However they worked with her. She did not stay in the school because she had discipline problems but they did their best while she was there and referred her to a school that would be appropriate. I love that there are culturally competent and that they do not show any favor based of their own religion beliefs. Education is education and business is business.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2008
This is my childrens first year at UICS, I like the school overall, I love there style of teaching, the projects the teachers give are interesting. Ms. Jordan (kindergarten teacher) was an excellent teacher. She did so many fun and exciting things for the kids. My children will definitely stay for some more years But there is one dowfall; The lunchroom in the morning when you drop off your kids is very unorganized. There are so many kids in the hall and in the entrance of the school instead of in the cafeteria. I just hope they find a solution for the morning cafeteria.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
UICS is an excellent school. My son is in the 8th grade and has been a student at UICS since 1st grade. The education he receives is outstanding. I can't believe it! He loves math and literacy and can't stop taking about how great and helpful his teachers are. My son used to hate school. Thanks UICS staff especially the 8th grade teachers for making my son love school and believing in him as much as I do. I am sorry to see him graduate. Thanks again!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2008
This is my daughters 1st yr at UICS and all I can say is I love it. Not only do I feel its safe because there are guards outside at all times during school hours but the staff is absolutely wonderful. My daughters teacher is Ms Jordan and she is wonderful. My daughter loves her class and I think that she really takes her time and works with the children. I just hope that my daughter will remain at this school until 8th grade. Maybe by that time they'll have a High school..I hope...GREAT SCHOOL..Lastly I think its great that classes such as music, science, computers and art are offered at such a young age

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 23, 2007
My daughter is in the pre-K class and it is excellent. I love the teacher s they are doing a wonderful lob. I hope they will be there for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
My son has been in UICS since the 2nd grade. I can see the change in his education from his prior school. The thing I love the most is that the teachers seem to really care about the information they are feeding to these children. I like the male appearence in the school, I like the way they respond to the children, and I love the fact that my child is learning all the thing to help him to be a well rounded personand a good student. Continue the great Job

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2006
I think that UICS was a great school. I think that the teachers were nice. The only thing I didn't like like was that we didn't switch classes.But other that that I think Ms.Welcome was a great Vice Principal.I loved Bro.Khalid. I enjoyed Universal a lot.

- submitted by a former student
October 11, 2006
The quality of learning improves each year. Parent involvement is welcomed. There are plenty of extracurricular activities available. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
This is a great school. Good for children with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
Universal provides a structural enviroment for some children who don't recieve it at home. Every time I enter the school corridor I feel positive energy. Everyone at Universal is adamant about the children education. And most of all Mrs. Purnell was my sons favorite teacher. It has been two years since he has been in her class but he always says she was his favorite, and mine too!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2004
I have two children attending UICS. So far they haven't missed a day of school and their learning has improved tremendously. I love the teacher/student ratio and I think there are only more great things to come. I hope UICS gets the funding needed to get the other schools planned to get built. It's too bad UICS didn't come along sooner, but now that it is here I'm going to spread the word about it. If more parents took the time to care what their children were learning they would care enough to send their children to one of the best schools in South Philadelphia. Because I'm a single parent and work I don't have the time to spend around the school like I want to, but when I am there I am pleased with what I see. Good luck and much success.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My name is Ms.Bishop and i have a child at the school i have only have one thing to say about the school. Ms. Braxton is a very well educated teacher. She is very helpful with the children and you can see that she loves children and education is very important to her.

- submitted by a parent
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Universal Institute Cs
800 South 15th St, Philadelphia, PA  19146
(215) 732-7988
Last modified Universal Institute Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Universal Institute Cs Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top