Lower School

Through high expectations, University Academy prepares students to succeed in institutions of higher education, and to serve as positive role models and valuable members of the community.

Welcome to Lower School

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    Greetings Lower School Families!

    Check out the Meet the Teacher Presentation from Aug 2023.

    Welcome back to University Academy for the 2023-2024 school year! We hope this letter finds your family in good health and high spirits. As we begin another exciting academic year, we are delighted to extend a warm welcome to both our returning families and those joining us for the first time. Your continued support and partnership are invaluable to us as we strive for excellence in education.

    We are thrilled to share that we have been diligently preparing for this new school year, with a focus on enhancing our educational programs, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for each and every one of our students, and fostering college and career ready learners. Our dedicated team of education professionals and staff members are eager to continue creating a positive and engaging learning atmosphere where every child can grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

    This year, we aim to build upon our past achievements and introduce consistent high leverage  approaches to teaching and learning. Our commitment to providing a well-rounded education remains steadfast, with a strong emphasis on fostering critical thinking, high engagement, and problem-solving skills in our students.

    To ensure that our students receive the best education possible, we will be implementing initiatives, such as:
    • New Curriculum Enhancements: Our teachers have incorporated new teaching methodologies in all subject areas to make lessons more interactive and relevant to real-life experiences. Including the incorporation of 1:1 technology in grades 3-5. 
      Responsive and Restorative Culture: We believe in the understanding that all students deserve a culture where they feel seen, heard, and valued. It is important to reinforce acceptable behaviors for students and teach strategies that maintain a restorative and positive culture.  
    • Parent-Teacher Collaboration: We believe that open communication between parents and teachers is vital for a student's success. We encourage you to actively participate in your child’s education endeavors and engage with us throughout the year.
    • Safety Measures: As always, the safety and well-being of our students and staff are paramount. We continuously strive to maintain a high level of safety protocols to promote a healthy school environment.
    Moreover, we will continue to organize parent-teacher conferences and school events, such as showcases, music concerts, and cultural celebrations, to foster a strong sense of community within our school.

    Additionally, we encourage you to stay connected with us through our school website, newsletters, and social media channels. These platforms will provide you with essential updates, announcements, and information about upcoming events. NOTE: All parents should receive an email communication letter with student information for the 2023-2024 school year by August 1, 2023. This information will include bus transportation(if applicable), specifics about meet the teacher night, teacher information, and other important topics. Below this letter, you will also find relevant links as a helpful road map into the beginning of this new school year. 

    If you have any questions or concerns at any point during the academic year, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We value your feedback and are always here to support you and your child's educational journey. 

    Once again, welcome back to University Academy. Together, let's make this academic year one of growth, discovery, and success for every student!

    Warm regards,

    Danielle Blackstock, K-2 Principal -
    Aisha Smith, 3-5 Principal -

Contact Us

Phone: 816-412-5900
Ms. Nakisha Thatcher -  K-2 Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Rozlyn Powell - 3-5 Administrative Assistant
Ms. Nyree Young - K-5 Assistant Principal Intern
Ms. Debra Foster - K-5 Dean of Students, Bus Administrator, Parent Liaison
Ms. Danielle Blackstock - K-2 Principal
Mrs. Aisha Smith - 3-5 Principal

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.

Additional Lower School Resources


University Academy is a public charter school serving students Pre-K through 12th grade who reside in the Kansas City Missouri School District.
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