How You Can Help

University Academy relies on families of students and the community to supplement the time and resources the faculty and staff devote to educating and shaping well-rounded citizens. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Please consider being a mentor to a University Academy alum, this is an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and resources. To learn more, please contact Sonja Shaffer at or 816-561-7602.

Internship Opportunities
Please consider offering University Academy alumni internship opportunities. Internships provide our alums with real world experience that is critical for attaining future job and graduate school opportunities. For more information, please contact Sonja Shaffer at or 816-561-7602.

Donor Opportunities
University Academy Foundation (previously “Friends of UA”) was established to support special programs and educational opportunities for University Academy students and alumni, as well as operate an Alumni Support Program.  Additionally, it engages in other activities that support the mission or vision of University Academy or that build community support for University Academy.

The University Academy Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides University Academy students and alumni with a wide range of unique educational programs, opportunities, resources, and life-long support not found at most schools in the country.
For K-12 students, UA Foundation supports programs such as dual credit courses, ACT preparation, reading and robotics programs, senior college trips, Middle School summer camps, and Upper School study abroad programs. For alumni, UA Foundation provides scholarships, paid summer internship opportunities, and other programs to help UA alumni persist through college and reach their career goals. University Academy Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization.  Gifts to the University Academy Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


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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