Lower School

Read the Lower School Letter to Parents for important information on virtual learning! -- Updated 09/14/2020

Welcome to Lower School

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  • University Academy Families

    Welcome to our first day of virtual learning! Teachers are doing their very best to provide virtual education to all students during the time period of mandatory school closure via assignments or projects.  We have received many questions about how grades will be affected during this time. 
    After meeting as a K-12 administrative team, and with the support of our Superintendents and Board, we have determined that no student grades will be lowered from the status of March 12, 2020, which was the last day of school prior to closure. All assignments from March 13th and on will be offered as opportunities to improve grades.
    As you may already know, UA will be offering virtual instruction until at least April 24th. At this time, if, how, and when we will be administering End of Year benchmarks is being discussed by administration.  We will send more information once it has been decided upon. Please do not hesitate to contact your administrator with any questions you may have. Stay safe everyone.
    K-2 Principal: Ashley Knapp -
    K-2 Assistant Principal: Danielle Blackstock -
    3-5 Principal: Aisha Smith -
    3-5 Assistant Principal: Lashonette Kemp -

Gryphons Rise! Our Lower School Gryphons Value:

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  • Results

    Staff and scholars choose to come to UA because we believe in the mission.  We embrace the opportunity to work and learn here.  Staff and scholars take ownership of their learning and growth.
  • Integrity

    Staff and scholars build strong, positive relationships with one another based on mutual respect.  Staff and scholars take pride in their school and know they are part of something bigger than themselves.  Staff and scholars support one another to attain the highest levels of achievement.  Staff and scholars value one another’s differences.
  • Self-Improvement

    Staff and scholars hold themselves accountable at all times.  Staff and scholars are proactive.  They are critical thinkers and problem-solvers who don’t wait for problems to occur before seeking solutions.  Staff and scholars are reflective and aim to be better each day than they were the day before.  Staff and scholars demonstrate perseverance and resilience when challenged with difficult tasks.
  • Excellence

    Staff and scholars continually progress from better, to best, to excellence.  Staff and scholars rise above the status quo through their words and actions.

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