University Charter School
Ages: 4 and up
One of 29 schools in the Aspire Public School system, University Charter School is a K-5 campus serving roughly 250 students. The campus, located on Coffee Road, just south of Sylvan Avenue, is a charter school with high expectations of its students: the Aspire Public School system commits to prepare students to be college-ready and the students know it, since "College for Certain" is the school slogan.
This particular campus, founded in 1999, currently has 11 classrooms, resource teachers, a music and a physical education program. Due to its high standardized test scores, University Charter School has been a sought-after school, and as a result the wait list is fairly full. Kindergarten lottery generally occurs in early March, so prepare to have a student interest form completed and returned to the school prior to that date.
Aspire Public Schools believes that every student will succeed, so long as the student believes in himself and his parents and teacher are supporting him. The school day is longer than local public schools (8am-3p for K-3; 8:15am-3:15pm for 4-5), and Kindergarteners do have a full day schedule. The school year is also longer: the 2010-2011 school year begins August 9, 2010 and ends June 10, 2011.