The School District of University City partners with many local nonprofit and civic organizations to enrich the learning experience of students and encourage community involvement. Please click on the organization's name to go directly to their website to learn more about them. Our District is very fortunate to have such wonderful partners!
Arts & Education Council
The Arts and Education Council enriches the vibrancy of the St. Louis community by investing in arts organizations and growing the base of local arts supporters. Arts are among our community’s greatest assets. Whether it’s music, dance, theatre, film, literary or visual arts; the arts teach us, inspire us and make us smile. The Arts and Education Council is a dynamic collaboration of businesses, individuals and community partners who work to raise funds and enhance the quality and variety of arts experiences throughout the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region.
Center Of Creative Arts (COCA)
COCA (Center of Creative Arts) has been providing meaningful arts experiences to St. Louisans and their families for two decades. COCA has become the largest multidisciplinary arts institution and one of the most valuable community assets in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
The City of University City
The City of University City continues to be a strong partner for the school district. The University City Police Department partners with the District on our annual Back to School/National Night Out Rally. The City provides resources to support various initiatives at our schools, including public relations support on the city's message boards, ROARS and the mayor's newsletter.
Connections to Success
Partnering with Man of Valor, Inc., Connections to Success launched an initiative to provide suits for the young men participating in the Man of Valor program. Connections provides a comprehensive network of services and support to help people living in poverty become economically self-sufficient. The organization's model, with lifelong mentoring at its core, delivers evidence-based results and impacts all areas of a person’s life.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a life-changing non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and the community.
The Green Center
The Green Center is an arts and environmental education organization dedicated to helping people understand the natural world through hands-on experiences by restoring native habitats and encouraging artistic expression inspired by nature. The Green Center offers science field experiences for fourth and fifth grade students in the District, as well as science professional development opportunities for District staff.
The Kennedy Center
Lions Against Litter
Lions Against Litter is a newly-developed, citizen-led effort to beautify University City, offering opportunities for community volunteers to get to know neighbors while encouraging citizens to take pride in their community and help pick up trash in their neighborhood. Click here for the 2017 schedule.
The Loop Business Association
Man of Valor, Inc.
Man of Valor, Inc. works with youth in the district through its MARS Youth Development Program and DSW (Determined Strong Women) mentoring program for young ladies. The MARS (math, art, reading and science) Youth Development and Education Program's, mission is to prepare young minds to be ready to face today's challenges and pioneer tomorrow's future.
The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program brings Oasis volunteers and your neighborhood schools together to help children build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning. Training and materials are provided; no teaching experience is needed.
PNC Bank Foundation
The Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center is part of a new collaborative with PNC Bank designed to help increase the vocabulary of our youngest learners. The two-year, $1 million effort, called "Mind Full of Words", is managed by Webster University. Participants in the collaborative include Webster University, The St. Louis Teachers Recycling Center, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, The St. Louis Public Library and Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center. PNC also constructed a state-of-the-art playground at Julia Goldstein to support language development.
Real Talk, Inc.
Real Talk Inc., is a comprehensive, award-winning gang violence prevention and mentoring initiative. Founded by former gang member and now motivational speaker Sultan Muhammad, Real Talk Inc. serves students at Brittany Woods Middle School and University City High School. The Real Talk, Inc. High Alpha Project teaches youth meditation, leadership, communications skills, human relations skills and entrepreneurial skills.
Royal Banks of MO
Royal Banks supports National Merit Scholarship competitors from University City High School with a savings bond in recognition of their academic dedication and accomplishments. Royal Banks provides commended scholars with a $100 savings bond and the National Merit Scholar receives a $500 savings bond.
U City in Bloom
U City in Bloom, a non-profit organization, maintains gardens planted throughout University City, Missouri. University City’s public gardens are important to its economic and civic life. Plantings in urban neighborhoods are a symbol of care for the community. Our gardens are located in every area of University City: around Civic Plaza, City Hall, the Library, Centennial Commons, along the business and entertainment area of the Delmar Loop, at all of our public schools, in parks, along major streets, and tucked into the quiet neighborhoods throughout the city. Each of the schools in the District, as well as District offices, have flower gardens to welcome visitors. Elementary schools have vegetable gardens used for student learning. U City in Bloom coordinates planting, watering and upkeep of these flower and vegetable beds, through the generosity of community volunteers and funded in large part by donations through the following fundraising events.
U City in Bloom Spring Plant Sale - last weekend in April
U City in Bloom Garden Tour - fourth weekend in September
U City in Bloom Fall Bulb Sale - second weekend in October
University City Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce is a local business network and teams with the UC PTO Council for the annual U City Day at the Cardinals' Game.
The University City Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters
The mission of the University City Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council on artistic, cultural and scholarly programs within University City. The Commission is dedicated to promoting the arts and making art publicly visible and accessible to a broad and diverse community audience. Funded primarily by the City of University City, the Commission supports numerous activities including a much-loved annual photography competition, a public art sculpture series collaboration with Washington University, the Returning Artist program for our school children and community, a series of free outdoor summer concerts and public lectures and presentations.
The University City Education Foundation
The University City Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc. was established in 1996 to enhance the educational program in the School District of University City. By involving the community and attracting private funds to supplement state, federal, and local revenues, the Foundation provides support for the development of enrichment programs and services which can help make the difference between a very good education and an excellent one. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of Missouri as a method of providing a long-term, self-sustaining program to enhance University City public schools beyond the limits of normal tax support. It is governed by a self-perpetuating Board comprised of private citizens who are not involved in the day-to-day operations of the District. The Ira Herskowitz UCHS Alumni Teacher Recognition Award is administered by the UCEF. (Click here for information regarding 2017 Memorandum of Agreement.)
The University City Public Library
At the University City Public Library, service to children and young adults is a high priority. The youth services department is staffed with professional librarians and paraprofessional trained to work with young people. A strong book collection is paired with a very active series of storyhours; special programs; summer reading clubs and activities; and outreach to public, private and pre-schools in University City. Taking as their theme "Children who read, succeed," our youth services department strives to make a difference in the lives of our youngest citizens.
Washington University in St. Louis
Good neighbors lead to strong communities. A prime example is the partnership between Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the School District of University City. These two organizations work closely together to improve educational opportunities and community resources for students. The multifaceted and flourishing partnership includes support in social work, science outreach, professional development, student reading programs, tutoring, visiting teachers for various courses and much more.
The partnership began informally through various departments working with the District, but it became a formal partnership in 2009 when the organizations expanded it to a formal 25-year commitment of working together to improve educational opportunities for students. The current community school focus for Brittany Woods (Project Elev8) was created in partnership with community, school and university leaders. In collaboration with the District's Department of Curriculum and Instruction and building leadership, Washington University supports professional development for teachers at the elementary, middle and high schools.
Webster University works closely with the District mathematics committee and has developed coursework to support University City mathematics teachers. Webster also provides reduced tuition rates for all certified and educational support staff. Webster also supports the "Mind Full of Words" initiative, a $1 million collaborative with PNC Bank to help build vocabulary in pre-school students at the Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center.