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About Us

What is 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, Missouri. 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 the 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.

“Our partnership with UCEF has transformed the educational experience for teachers and students.  The additional resources are designed to directly meet the needs of our most valuable assets where it matters most…in the classroom.  The support has been tremendous and is making a difference.”

Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D., PHR

Superintendent of Schools

Memo of Understanding

In 2017, the District and UCEF signed a historic agreement to expand the relationship as the District begins a more strategic effort around fund development. This is a formal agreement that allows for a Development Director in the district and a leap forward in the maturity of the relationship between UCEF and the school district. Donors to the district can now enjoy the benefits of a tax deduction as well with their gifts to UCEF to be used for the school district.

What are the goals of the Foundation?

Although the District and the Foundation function as separate entities, they are working toward the same end – striving for excellence in education for all children. The University City Board of Education incorporated the Foundation and strongly supports its efforts.

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Our mission:

The University City Education Foundation is an agent for excellence in the University City public schools, stimulating innovative, exciting approaches to education, with measurable results, that can be broadly applied. The Foundation will accomplish this by raising and distributing private funds, engaging the community in school issues, and collaborating closely at each step with our public schools.