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University Charter School, established in 2018, was founded with the mission to change rural education.
For the past five years, UCS has been removing the traditional rural education barriers, and creating unique opportunities for students to flourish.
In the face of historical BARRIERS in rural education, UCS provides OPPORTUNITIES
for students to flourish
UCS is a Science of Reading spotlight school
Outperforming state averages on standardized testing, across all subjects
82% of secondary students enrolled in career technical education (CTE) programs
100% Graduation rate for seniors
with 88% attending college
Underfunding Leading to Resource Disparity
UCS offers advanced Coursework
(AP Classes, Dual Enrollment)
Hands on Career Tech courses (CTE), a 1:1 technology initiative, state-of-the-art facility
Wide variety of athletics programs with
Teacher Shortages &
High Turnover Rates
95% teacher certification
78% teachers with 2+ years experience
82% teaching in their field of expertise
The first chapter of the University Charter School story was filled with dreams, hard-work, adversity, and success. The University of West Alabama graciously provided space for UCS as it was founded and began to flourish, however the need for a separate space was always on the horizon. The UCS Smith campus was completed and opened in the Fall of 2023. Housing grades 4 - 12, this state of the art facility has been a resource rich center for learning and growth.
As we look to the future of UCS, we envision all of our students under one roof, in one location, in a space that is conducive to scaling our rural, place-based model to help promote the success of other rural students in our region and beyond. So we must move to the next chapter in the journey, creating a much-needed demonstration school space for our PK-3 grades, and expanding our ability to provide hands-on, career focused, curriculum to our secondary students, allowing us to create more opportunities for rural students.
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your family, and your community?
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