NC PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
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Union Academy is a K-12 tuition-free NC public charter school established in 2000. Admission is lottery based and open to any school-aged student in North Carolina. Please see our Admissions page for more information about the lottery process.
To define what makes Union Academy an important place to so many is not an easy task. It may have been the special spirit of starting a new venture that so many experienced in the spring and summer of 2000. Or it may be the challenge of being a part of helping to make everything happen on a daily basis. Or it may be the spirit of collaboration and trust that has become ever so apparent as the school has developed.
One thing is for certain, UA is a special place because it is populated by special people. One of our UA Board members put it this way, “The spirit of Union Academy is embodied in people who are willing to do whatever needs to be done.” That spirit of collaboration and selflessness together with an extraordinary emphasis on academic challenge, community service, and the development of strong character certainly defines UA.
Union Academy is a K-12 preparatory school dedicated to educating the whole child, providing challenging, high quality instruction, strong character development in all of its students, and collaborative family and community involvement.
John D. Marshall
"UA prepares students for success in college and a lifetime of purpose and service."
Head of School
Union Academy students receive the benefit of high expectations for academic performance. Realizing that students have individual strengths, weaknesses, and varied intelligences, we have created an environment with maximum teacher flexibility so that students can benefit from individual attention. Research indicates that student learning should be measurably improved with the use of teacher-directed, subject-based instruction following constructivist principles. Union Academy focuses on teaching the basics to mastery, enriching the whole curriculum with the arts, integrating character education throughout the system, embracing individual differences, and using community resources outside the classroom for learning.
We employ a wide variety of methods which include: whole and small group instruction, individual and peer tutoring, inclusion, interest centers, structured enrichment and remediation opportunities, long-term projects, projects that cross grade levels, as well as curriculum-based field trips. We make use of research, technology, and community resources. Union Academy encourages innovative teaching methods and commits itself to increased professional development opportunities, as well as affording our teachers flexibility and freedom from certain standardized procedures, allowing time for collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
When asked why most staff, parents, and students choose Union Academy the answer is most often Character Education. We take every opportunity to collaborate with students, staff and families to ensure that Character Education remains a priority for our school. Being a National School of Character is a privilege and distinction for Union Academy. We are so lucky to have a board and administration that values this, and teachers and staff who execute it everyday.
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national school of character
"UA empowers students to become leaders in their classrooms, in clubs, and on athletic teams."
Union Academy is dedicated to strong community relationships and awareness, both locally and globally. We want everyone associated with our school to feel a sense of community. We believe that our students will be much better prepared for life and become better contributing citizens by participating in community service and learning at every grade level.
K-8th grade students participate in school led community service each year. Students visit with the elderly, make blankets for the Ronald McDonald House, serve meals at the local shelter, and plant flowers at the local nursing home. Whether they are kindergarten students or middle school students, everyone serves and learns an appreciation for helping the community.
High school students complete at least 10 service hours each year with community non-profit organizations. The remainder of the required hours may also be completed at a community organization OR in meaningful volunteer service. Students must complete at least 105 hours in their four years of high school; students who double their hours are recognized at graduation.
K-12 SERVICE LEARNING
"We are committed to developing the whole child through challenge, competition, and team building."
Union Academy Athletic Mission statement
To provide student athletes with the opportunity to develop their character and athletic abilities in an environment which challenges athletes to support the overall mission of Union Academy through sportsmanship, commitment, teamwork, integrity, and high academic standards.
Union Academy High School Athletics is governed by the rules and regulations of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Union Academy is a member of the Southern Piedmont 1-A conference for football only, and a member of the PAC-7 Conference for all other sports. We offer a wide variety of male, female, and coed teams during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. UA coaches earned Level 1 certification from NFHS for their commitment to professional development.
Middle school athletics begin in 6th grade.
2017 Nick Smith - Golf
2018 Derek Young, Jr. - Triple Jump
2018 Women's Soccer
2019 Caleb Surrat - Golf
2019 Women's Soccer
UA Performing Arts Mission Statement:
We are an uplifting community with a focus on excellence that inspires, challenges, and supports the thinkers, dreamers, and doers who are passionate about sharing their creative works.
UA Visual Arts:
Visual art and Union Academy have a long history. Students K-12 have formal visual art classes taught by art professionals as well as art rich project based activities led by their core teachers. Art classes and class art projects engage the student emotionally and cognitively, developing the whole student. Union Academy has always valued and understands the importance of art education and the development of the whole child.
Performing and visual arts
UA offers agriculture classes in grades 6-12 including Agriscience Applications and Animal Science I, II, and III at the high school level.
Our 4-H Livestock Skills Team has won numerous state and national awards and our FFA Chapter continues to grow.
4-H Livestock Skillathon Team
1st Place State Competition - Raleigh, NC
1st Place 2019 Southeastern US Nationals - NC State Fair Competition
3rd Place 2019 Keystone International Livestock Exhibition in Harrisburg, PA
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As a K-12 school, we believe students learn best when they work together and participate in school-wide events. The annual Spirit Parade is just one of the many activities that create a community atmosphere.
Cardinal school spirit is strong
Parent involvement is essential for the success of Union Academy and its students. Researchers have found that parents who are involved result in not only higher test scores and grades for the students but attendance, self esteem, and graduation rates rise, too. Knowing this Union Academy asks ALL families to volunteer 60 hours each school year.
Opportunities abound to fit every skill set and schedule. Reading with young learners, helping landscape our campus on a Saturday morning, chaperoning a field trip, or working the concession stand for our athletics programs...the need is endless.
The commitment from our parent and family volunteers also allows our school to save money to further allocate resources to the children and their classrooms. The Volunteer Coordinator can help you find ways for your family to do their part.
"Volunteering at UA is not only about giving back to the school, it's about teaching our children that helping others can change lives and that acts of selfless kindness are never forgotten."
building tomorrow's leaders
Union Academy began in 2000 as a K-4 school in the Old Shiloh Elementary building that was no longer used by UCPS. As the school grew by a grade level every year, we quickly outgrew the small building. Mobile classrooms were added, older students were moved to a warehouse, and in 2004 the first of many new buildings was completed on land donated by a grandparent. In 2018, the dream to educate all students in grades K-12 on one campus came to fruition. Charter schools do not receive money from the state for buildings, so we are extremely proud of our campus and the dedication from our parents, staff and community members who made our dream a reality.
College Prep Curriculum
K-12 NC Public Tuition-Free Charter School
National School of Character
Involved families and community members
Established Character Education Program
Charter schools are public schools that are authorized by the State Board of Education and operated by independent non-profit board of directors. There is NO cost to attend Union Academy or any other NC public charter school. Admission is through a public lottery and open to any North Carolina school-aged student. While charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that govern school districts, charter schools are still held accountable through the State assessment and accountability system.
Why choose ua?
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"The teachers and staff have proven over and over again that our family made the right choice by coming to UA."
In 2020, Union Academy celebrated 20 years of excellence in education and service to our families and community. We welcome you to visit our campus and find out more about what makes UA one of the premier schools in North Carolina
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