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annual rep o rt

2017


The MISSION of University Academy is to prepare students to succeed in an institution of higher education and to become leaders in society.

O The VISION of University Academy is to be the best K-12 charter public school in the country with an emphasis on college preparation, career development, community service and leadership.

Univer sit y Ac admey Board of director s David Dickey T reasurer E. Bernard Franklin, Ph.D. M ember Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. C hairman E meritus and F ounder Bush Helzberg C hairman Shirley Bush Helzberg F ounder and S ecretary Nicole Jacobs-Silvey M ember Christine Kemper P resident


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Dear University Academy Stakeholders,

BOA RD CHA IR

On behalf of University Academy’s Board of Directors, I am thrilled to share this annual report for the 2016-2017 year. As you will read in the report, it was a banner year! Here are two big highlights: In 2017, the US Department of Education named University Academy’s Upper School a National Blue Ribbon School. This award is based on exemplary performance over the last 5 years and is considered the highest honor an American K-12 school can receive. Less than 1/3rd of 1% of eligible schools receive this award in any year. University Academy is the first charter public school in Missouri and the only high school in Missouri this year to receive this recognition. In 2017, University Academy also celebrated the opening of its new athletic field. Having our own wonderful athletic field has already had meaningful positive impact on our athletic program and our school community. I would like to give special thanks to Superintendent Tony Kline for his commitment to being excellent in not only academics, but all program areas. I would also like to thank Shirley Bush Helzberg who diligently helped oversee the construction project. University Academy’s performance is a reflection of the dedication and talent of the fabulous teachers, administration, and staff at University Academy. I would also like to recognize the incredible commitment of University Academy’s amazing students, families, and supporters. Thank you to all of University Academy’s stakeholders who make this possible! Sincerely,

Bush Helzberg, Chairman

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Dear UA Families, Friends, and Students, 2017 was a magical year for University Academy. We were honored to receive many state and national awards which were based on the incredible accomplishments of University Academy students and staff. In 2017, University Academy received a 100% Annual Performance Report score from the State for the second year in a row. UA is one of just 18 K-12 districts in the state to earn that score in 2017. UA’s Upper School was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School and a 2017 Missouri Gold Star School. In addition to the accolades, we witnessed the Class of 2017 set a new total scholarship record with more than $6.8 million earned between the 47 graduates! It is important to note that each and every one of these accomplishments was driven by STUDENT achievement. At University Academy, it’s about the students! Some other highlights of 2017 include: 24 students participated in study abroad programs and 5 students participated in National Outdoor Leadership School courses. Our Middle School Debate team finished the regular season ranked #2 in the country in policy debate and 8 students traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to compete at nationals. Lower School followed a successful 2016 school year with a strong 2017, with student achievement continuing to rank in the top 25% in the state. In the spring, we opened our new athletic field with help from the Kansas City Chiefs and Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In the fall, the Middle School football team went 6-0 and the Varsity football team went 7-2 and won the Crossroads Conference Championship in our first season with a home field!

As always, our success is a reflection of a larger community effort. I want to thank all the parents for their continued involvement, donations, and dedication to their children’s education. I want to thank Friends of UA and each and every one of the donors from this past year. Finally, I want to extend our collective thanks to the founders and board members of University Academy for having the vision of creating the best college prep charter school in the country, and providing excellent support and oversight along the way. Sincerely,

Tony Kline, Superintendent

S U PER I NTE NDE NT

Even with all the good news, there is still room to improve. This year, we are adjusting our curriculum at the Middle School to better reflect changes to the Missouri Learning Standards. That work will be hard for both students and staff, but we will provide the best resources we can to succeed. We will also be looking to solidify our extra-curricular offerings, while also balancing federal and state budget cuts.

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2017 AWA R D S & HONOR S

The V I S I O N of University Academy is to be the

Best K-12

charter public school in the country with an emphasis on college preparation, career development, community service and leadership.

RECOGNIZED BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT 4

2017 National Blue Ribbon School

2017 Missouri Gold Star School

NATIONAL TITLE 1 DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL 100% ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT SCORE

Named an Exceptional Charter School in Special Education by the

National Association of Special Education Teachers

gryphon athletic complex grand opening On April 25 we celebrated the grand opening of the Gryphon Athletic Complex with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the entire school to see. We also formally accepted a $250,000 grant from Greater Kansas City LISC and The Kansas City Chiefs. Special guests in attendance included Stephen Samuels, Executive Director of LISC; Bill Chapin, Senior VP of Operations for the Chiefs; and Dan Crumb, the Chiefs’ Chief Financial Officer. Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner and Councilman Kevin McManus also joined the festivities. Three Chiefs players even stopped by to check out the field and interact with our students! What a memorable day for our students, staff and community.


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Data from the 2016-2017 School Year

STUDENTS ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL

ETHNICITY OF STUDENTS

LOWER 651 MIDDLE 198 UPPER 217

ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER 0.3% BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN 97.2% HISPANIC 1.7% WHITE / CAUCASIAN 0.8%

GRAND TOTAL 1066

BOYS

GIRLS

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH UA 76.0% STATE OF MISSOURI 51.2%

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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MALE 45.1% FEMALE 54.9%

ATTENDANCE MO

LOWER SCHOOL

UA

GENDER OF STUDENTS UPPER SCHOOL

UA 96.1% STATE OF MISSOURI 88.7%


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UA

ST U DEN TS & FAC U LT Y

FACULTY STAFFING RATIO 15-1 17-1 CERTIFICATION STATUS REGULAR CERTS 95.9% 98.7% SUB/EXPIRED/NONE 4.1% 0.6% YEARS EXPERIENCE 9.7 12.3 ADVANCED DEGREES 45.3% 58.6%

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A C A DE MIC ACH I EVEMENT

We did it again!

2017 Annual Performance Report Score

District Overall

For the second year in a row, University Academy received a 100% APR score from Missouri.

2017 APR

Top 10 School Districts in Jackson County

UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 100% EWING MARION KAUFFMAN SCHOOL 100% BLUE SPRINGS 99.6% ACADEMIE LAFAYETTE 98.8% LEE'S SUMMIT 97.9% LONE JACK 96.8% OAK GROVE 95.4% GRAIN VALLEY 94.6% GORDON PARKS 93.0% INDEPENDENCE 89.6% APR is a calculation performed by the state. It takes into account a combination of student test scores, college and career readiness, attendance, and graduation rates.

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FI N ANCIALS

REVENUES $13,506,327

LOCAL

13.1%

STATE

76.6%

FEDERAL

10.3%

EXPENDITURES $13,738,084

INSTRUCTION

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44.5%

STUDENT SERVICES

4.5%

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF SUPPORT

1.2%

BUILDING LEVEL ADMINISTRATION

6.2%

CENTRAL SERVICES

13.4%

OPERATIONS OF PLANT

18.5%

TRANSPORTATION

6.1%

FOOD SERVICES

5.0%

COMMUNITY SERVICES

0.7%

EXPENDITURES PER STUDENT (ADA)

UNIVERSITY ACADEMY

$11,566

KCPSD

$14,120

MISSOURI

$10,726


UA PARTNERSHIPS

University Academy gratefully acknowledges special contributions from these organizations and foundations during the 2016-2017 school year. These donations and partnerships support UA’s academic programs, operations and athletic programs. This investment in our students and belief in our mission have helped the dream of University Academy become a reality.

OTHER FY-2017

DONORS Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation

Kauffman Center of Performing Arts Open Doors Friends of Zoo Grant

CORNERSTONE BENEFACTORS

Friends of UA

Mary and Tom Bloch

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Lynne and Peter Brown

KC Rep Theatre Transportation

Ann K. Dickinson in memory of Gary Dickinson

UMKC Sponsor Grant

J. E. Dunn Construction Company Hall Family Foundation Jamie and Bush Helzberg Jen and Bar Helzberg

Amazon Smile Donation

Ten-Ten Foundation Oppenstien Brothers Foundation Gattermeir Family Fund Morgan Stanley Donation

Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Foundation

Blue Cross Bue Shield 2017 Education Initiative

Julia Irene Kauffman Donor Advised Fund

H & R Block Foundation

Lois and James* Lacy

Kauffman Grant - School Improvement

William T. Kemper Foundation,

Kauffman Grant - School Leadership

Commerce Bank Trustee Shirley and Fred Pryor * of blessed memory

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20 17 GAL A D ONOR S as of 6/30/2017

Best in Country $25,000

Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bush Helzberg Ewing Kauffman Foundation Cathy and Michael Schultz

Nationally Recognized $15,000 Mr. Robert Epsten Trudy and John Jacobson

Record-Breaker $10,000

Mr and Mrs. G. Kenneth Baum Mr. and Mrs. Irwin* Blitt Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Bloch Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, III Helzberg Diamonds Mr. Ed Milbank Sherman Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wolff

Best in City

Top Ranked $5,000

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Angrist Bartlett and Company Grain Charitable Foundation Ms. Ann Canfield and Mr. Stanley J. Bushman Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Fiola Gerson Family Foundation & Liz and John Hjalmarson Ms. Sandra Baer and Mr. Charles Helzberg Mr. and Mrs. Richard Helzberg Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation Kelly Family Foundation Mrs. James T. Lacy Virginia B. McCoy Mr. and Mrs. James Nutter, Jr. James B. Nutter & Company Mr. and Mrs. William Reed Sunflower Foundation Teresa and Tom Walsh Jay & Beverly Wolfe Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Best in State $2,500

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Lynne and Peter Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown Commerce Bank Mr. and Mrs. David Dickey Ellis Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Frank Friedman Mr. and Mrs. William Gautreaux Susan and John Goodman Mr. Paul S. McKie Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Mos Mr. Richard Pearson Mr. and Mrs. William Reisler * of blessed memory

$1,500

Barbara and Richard Atlas Mr. and Mrs. Tom Barnett Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bash Children’s Mercy Hospital The DeBruce Foundation JE Dunn Construction Mr. and Mrs. James E. Ferrell Shirley and Kirk Goza Mr. Donald J. Hall Michael and Marlys Haverty Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoffman HOOPLA Hunkeler Family Fund Kansas City Zoo Dr. Jan-Marie and Mr. Brad Kroh Lacy & Co Mr. and Mrs. Brian Landers Lathrop & Gage The McMeel Family Foundation Metropolitan Community College The Mixx Nicholas Kuehn Powell Family Foundation Proof Positioning / Mr. & Mrs. Grant Gooding Ellen Miller and Irv Robinson Mr. David Rucker Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Mr. and Mrs. Tom Schoenfeld/ Lockton Companies Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Straub Mr. and Mrs. James Stowers, III Ms. Irene Thomas Mr. and Mrs. James Threatt UMB Financial Corporation UMKC - University Advancement Mr. and Mrs. LeRay Warrior (UA Class of ‘04) Dashini Jeyathurai and Byron White (UA Class of ‘04) Mr. and Mrs. Josh Wilson

High Achiever $500

Mr. and Mrs. Don Alexander Mary & Alan Atterbury Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Berg Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Copaken Mr. and Mrs. William Coughlin CTC | MyCFO Mr. and Mrs. Bert Darling Mary Stahl and Sam Devinki Courtney Earnest and Kenneth Fligg Mr. and Mrs. Gary Forsee Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Graff Mr. and Mrs. Ted Greene, Jr. Mr. Howard Haas, Head of School, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Mr. and Mrs. Steve Harmon Mr. and Mrs. Randall Hendricks Hickok Family Foundation Mr and Mrs. Mark Hrinya Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kipp Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kline Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lazorow Thomas Martin Foundation Susan and R. Alexander Masson Janet and Phil Miller Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Neighbor Dr. Gersham Nelson Mr. Aaron North Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Pearson Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Powell Ann and Bob Regnier Betty Scott Lynda and Robert Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Shifrin Slagle, Bernard & Gorman Swope Health Services Ursula Terrasi & Jim Miller Mr. and Mrs. Don Trigg


U A CL A SS OF 2 017 °National Honor Society

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY William Powell°

AVILA UNIVERSITY Jaysha Pittman

JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Tyrese Newton

BAKER UNIVERSITY Junathian Johnson Chalise Minnenhall

LANGSTON UNIVERSITY Jurnie Scott

CARTHAGE COLLEGE Jahlil Abdullah

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY James Woodruff, III

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY Jada Glover

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – PENNSYLVANIA Elijah Townes

FISK UNIVERSITY Dominique Moss

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE– PENN VALLEY Faith Bell Saymoni Brown Kennedy Daniels Keith Williams

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY Jordan Warren

MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY Ajshaina Clark

PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE NaKyla Holoman

HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE Fajr’ Allah Marcus Bigby Jordan Foster Rayonn Jackson

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY Avionne Jones Passion Pace M’Kiylah Pearson Shyriahana Ward° MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE Rashaud Mansaw Deonaven McKinzy NEWMAN UNIVERSITY Everette Johnson

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY Ke’Ona Herron°

TEXAS SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY Jovanni May° TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY Jacenta Stewart UNITED STATES NAVY Romello Abercrombie Marshall Lawrence UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Mya Dixon° Taylor Riley UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI Thomeira Tounzell-Clark UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO Jeffrey Draper

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Mykiya Malone UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – COLUMBIA Omobude Eke° Breauna Roberson UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY Amiya Rice Jordan Sanders UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Che’ Williams° WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY JaSean Bowens D’Angelo Kelly-Young XAVIER UNIVERSITY Mya Garrett°

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Most of the photography in our annual reports and other publications is the work of Larry eichner who has been with UA for 10 years and in education for 40 years. He has been a Volunteer Photographer for TWP (The Whole Person network) in KCMO and Midwestern Adaptive Sports, an organization that sponsors Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, Spinal Cord Injuries Golf Tournament for persons with Ability Needs. We want to acknowledge his work and express our appreciation for his commitment to sharing his time and talent.

University Academy 2017 Annual Report  

University Academy in Kansas City had a Blue Ribbon Year. Annual Report features the 2016-2017 school year statistics and honors and awards...

University Academy 2017 Annual Report  

University Academy in Kansas City had a Blue Ribbon Year. Annual Report features the 2016-2017 school year statistics and honors and awards...

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