The contagiousness of the omicron variant, intensely increasing national case numbers, and predictions for a significant post-holiday surge necessitate closely monitoring trends and implementing safety precautions to protect the Universal community. Considering this information, Synchronous virtual learning will begin after Winter Break and continue through Friday, January 14, 2022. On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, in-person learning will resume following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. While we anticipate the building closures through January 18, 2022, Universal will continuously monitor local transmission data, risk levels, and CDC and State guidance to confirm the precise timing of re-opening. Please contact your principal with questions and concerns.​

A letter from our Superintendent/CEO, Penny Nixon Ed.D.

Welcome to Universal Bluford Charter School

Universal Bluford Charter School is nestled in the heart of West Philadelphia serving approximately 540 scholars. Our focus is on developing the whole child, which will lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.At Bluford we remove barriers to learning by providing our scholars with a rich, cultural, standards aligned curriculum, a School-Based Health Center, and the Family Student Resource Center.


District 1199C’s President, Chris Woods joined Universal Bluford Charter School Principal, Crystal Gary Nelson in disseminating backpacks and school supplies to the students of Bluford in grades K-6. The children also received PPE provided by Keystone First.


Representatives of District 1199C joined in the distribution along with teachers and staff of Universal Bluford. Universal Bluford will begin the school year virtually on September 1st and each student will have the necessary tools required to start the year off in a positive productive manner. Additionally, Universal Bluford armed their students with Chrome Books and access to the internet to combat the digital divide as well.


To learn more about Universal Bluford Charter School, feel free to call (215) 581-5502 or visit the official website –


Universal Bluford

Universal Bluford Charter School

5720 Media Street

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Phone: (215) 581-5502

Fax: (215) 581-5725

School Leadership

Principal: Crystal Gary-Nelson

Assistant Principal: Lisa Bellamy

Assistant Principal: Nakia Williams


Connecting Parents and Schools to Increase Achievement

We encourage you to participate in one of the many opportunities such as the Home and School Association, School Advisory Councils (SAC) and/or volunteer as a teacher assistant/aide, food pantry worker, or just read to our preschoolers.

For more information, contact the Universal Bluford Charter School at (215) 581-5502 or send us an email.