From Our Superintendent

Welcome to Universal Vare STEM & ARTS Charter School 

The mission of Universal Vare STEM and Arts Academy is to foster transferable skills through STEM and Arts programming that will prepare scholars for academic success now and in the future.

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

"Personal Responsibility In our Determined Excellence"


For additional information please call


Vare Basketball

Universal Vare's Girls Basketball Team WINS CHAMPIONSHIP!

A Blog from our 5th Graders

Check them out!

Girard Elementary Open House

Vare sponsored an OPEN HOUSE for all grade 5 scholars at Stephen Girard Elementary School


Universal VARE 8th grade scholars participate in the I AM BUMI entrepreneurship program.


Awards Assembly Principals Honor Roll recipients.

2022 Career Science Fair

Scholars names: Destiny Noun, Anajah Abdul-Sabur and Antony Luong

First Hand Look Inside Universal Vare's Virtual Class

NBC10 got a first hand look inside Ms. Harris's 8th Grade Math Class

Virtual UC

School Color Day at Universal Vare!

Universal Vare Robotics Team

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!


The Colors of Freedom, Black History Showcase presented by Universal Vare.


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: 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.