School Details

Universal Institute CS

800 South 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 732-7988
3

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 647 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

64%
80%
59%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Universal Institute Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
83%
58%
72%
50%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Universal Institute Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
73%
23%
65%
11%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Universal Institute Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
77%
60%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Universal Institute Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
80%
67%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Universal Institute Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
76%
75%
80%
36%
60%
75%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Universal Institute Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Universal Institute CS is a charter middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Universal Institute CS is Mr Johnny Walker. 647 children attend Universal Institute CS and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 100% of the 647 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Universal Institute CS is 15:1. World Communications CS is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% 99%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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"

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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

  • (5 years ago)

    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

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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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