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Charter School (K-8)
5630 Vine Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19139
Phone: 215-471-2905
Fax: 215-471-3159
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  Universal Daroff Charter School has achieved

 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)!

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Universal’s education mission is to provide an exemplary program for young learners, grades K-8, and their families in a holistic approach that focuses on academics, self-sufficiency, civic responsibility physical well being, and community linkages where the values of self, family, and community will be incorporated in all aspects of the educational process. Universal’s mission is to prepare children to be future leaders and build the foundation for superb student academic achievement while supporting students and their families to becomelifelong learners.



The mission of Universal Daroff Charter School-Humanities, Science and Digital Learning Campus is dedicated to developing children by giving birth to a new way of thinking through education, while emphasizing self-sufficiency and civic responsibility.

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We envision a Humanities, Science and Digital Learning Campus, which provides diverse educational techniques and programs that will enhance Universal Daroff Charter School students’ learning experience.




Anna M. Smith, Principal

Stacie Beverly, Assistant Principal 

Colleen Bell, Assistant Principal

UDCS Code of Conduct

Click here to download a letter about School Choice for Universal Daroff Charter School

Click here to download information about Supplemental Educational Services (SES) tutoring program, a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Click here to download the application for Supplemental Education Services (SES)

UDCS Hallway Expectations 

Download the complete enrollment application here.
The documents below must be present for the school to register children:
1.Proof of your child’s age: Acceptable proof includes birth, baptismal or other religious certificates, a passport or immigration documents.
2.Proof of Residency: Examples of acceptable proof include Current Voter Registration card, Current Utility Bill (PECO, PGW, etc.), Official Foster Care or DHS letters when child is being cared for by a foster/child care agency. Shelter placement or residency letters are also acceptable for homeless students, Original Deeds or Rental Agreements types, signed by all parties and notarized.
3.Parent/Legal Guardian: must provide photo identification (Ex: Current PA Drivers License/Non-Drivers License or valid Federal, State or Municipal employment identification, Passport)
4.Child’s Medical Appraisal and Immunization Records: showing proof of the up-to-date immunizations for: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (Chicken Pox).
5.Child’s Most Recent Report Card and any other useful reports (IEP, NOREP, etc.) from your child’s former school or school district.



UDCS adheres to the following uniform policy for all students:

·         Girls Grades K-4 - Plaid Jumper, Sweater w/School Logo, Socks, White Blouse, Tie

 ·        Girls Grades 5-8 - Plaid Skirt, Sweater w/School Logo, Socks, White Blouse, Tie

 ·        Boys Grades K-8 – Sweater w/School Logo, Navy Uniform Pants, White Dress Shirt, Socks, Belt & Tie

School Links

First In Math - An interactive online game students can play at school or at home. Students can earn points and compete against other students in the school!

Starfall- An interactive website where parents and students can work on Reading and Math skills.

Factmonster- A wonderful website that students can use for homework, research and fun interactive games. Multi subject and skill website that includes time lines, atlas, and other fun filled links.


The Universal Daroff "Family and Student Resource Center" ensures that all students receive the full complement of  educational and behavioral health services when a need is identified.  The identification of students' needs generally begins in the classroom and is addressed by the classroom teacher with the implementation of progressive interventions.  These interventions are documented on Intervention Records (one record for each week of interventions implemented).

Referrals may be made directly to the Family and Student Resource Center for immediate student needs that a teacher identifies or is made aware of, i.e. poor hygiene, abuse, truancy (three or more days absent), repeated uniform violations, etc.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Resource Center Manager, Fitsum Abay by email at

Click here for resources the government provides regarding help for families during hard times!

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