We do it with P.R.I.D.E.

"Personal Responsibility In our Determined Excellence"

Welcome to Universal Vare STEM & ARTS Academy Middle School 

Colors of Freedom 2020

Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 School Year

Enrollment Hours

Monday - Friday | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


School Hours

Monday - Friday | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Breakfast Served: 8:00 AM- 8:30 AM

At Our School


On Saturday January 11, 2020 Our Universal Vare Robotics Team entered the first LEGO League Regional Qualifier Tournament at Penn Alexander School for the first time as a rookie team. Our team prepared three presentations for the judges. We also designed, built and programmed our LEGO Robot using the EV3 software. At the competition our team placed 14th out of 18 schools, and we received many compliments from students and adults alike about how passionate we are and how much heart we displayed!

Please click below to see a preview of our determination!

During our Professional Development on Oct 23, Our teachers were analyzing Benchmark Data and Mr. Lamb shared a Best Teacher Practice.

The Art class beautifying our school.

Upcoming Events

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2019-2020 Vare Staff

Universal Vare STEM & Arts Academy Middle School

2100 South 24th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19145

Phone: 215-952-8611

Fax: 267-239-5866

School Leadership

Principal: Karen Howell-Toomer

Assistant Principal: Aaron Smith

Director of Academics: Stephani Finnin

Director of Academics: Tina Jean-Pierre

About Universal Vare

At Universal Vare, we specialize in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts. Under our academy model, we provide our scholars the opportunity to explore their interests in the STEM and arts field through a project based curriculum. We guide scholars towards independence while providing the support they need. We offer parents and students the educational tools scholars need to succeed in middle school and beyond. Project Lead the Way at Universal Vare

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 Vare STEM & Arts Academy at (215) 952-8611 or send us an email.