Why should parents consider choosing Universal One for their children? Universal One’s key attributes, beyond the core academic quality that every fine school seeks to provide its students) are summarized below.
Educational Outcomes: A Global View
In the 21st century, students who have a highly developed sense of the broader world will have a distinct advantage over those who do not. Avenues takes very seriously its mission to prepare students for today’s global focus. Avenues’ World Curse, which includes geography, history, demographics and economic development, is a centerpiece of the curriculum. And Avenues’ planned campuses in the world’s great cities will make its students members of a unique global learning community.
Even at top schools, many language courses would better be described as “language appreciation” classes, as true fluency is neither their objective nor their result. Avenues is committed to ensuring its graduates are highly proficient in a second language and, for those who choose to do so, a third as well.
As many parents who have guided a student through middle and upper school will testify, finding and coordinating summer programs abroad for their children is no small task. Further, most of what is offered by providers is difficult to coordinate with the curriculum of the home school. Avenues is committed to designing study abroad programs that are highly integrated with its core curriculum and completely supervised by its staff, initially in programs it creates and runs and ultimately at Avenues’ own campuses abroad.
An Independent Learner
Avenues’ students at the middle and upper school levels will do an amount of independent work that is uncommon in most schools. A key to excellence in college and beyond is the ability to work independently in a highly focused way.
An Area of Excellence
There are three reasons Avenues will work with every student to develop an area in which he or she excels. First, mastery in any arena creates great confidence and self-esteem in students. Second, the lessons one learns mastering one area are transferable to mastery in another. And, third, colleges are looking for students who bring both well-rounded strengths and something special to their student bodies.
Family and Other Considerations
Universal 1 believes strongly that a school should provide sibling preference and will do so when considering applicants for available openings. This applies to families that have one or more children enrolled at Universal 1 and are applying for another child as well as to first-time applicants applying for multiple children. Admissions is not guaranteed, but we will give sibling applicants priority consideration.
An All-Through School
Universal 1 is one of a handful of schools in Mexico that provide all grades (Kindergarten through 12th grade). This eliminates the time-consuming (and often frustrating) reality of finding a new school at different grade points. It also means, when coupled with Avenues’ sibling preference policy, that all of a family’s children can attend one school.
Movement to Other Cities
For those families who anticipate a future need to reside for a time in another major city around the world, Universal 1 has unique benefits. Over the next 15 years, Universal 1 plans to open campuses in most of the world’s great cities. Students enrolled in Universal 1 will have the ability to transfer easily from campus to campus.
Strong College Counseling Services
Universal 1 realizes the college record placement of its first ninth grade class (graduating in 2016) will play an important role in establishing the reputation of its first school. In addition to taking great care in selecting applicants for that grade, Universal 1 has extraordinarily strong college counseling capabilities. Staff will work with all ninth graders throughout their four Upper School years to prepare them for college and will develop a significant working relationship with the admissions offices of top universities and colleges.
U1A enrollment is open to all global residents, as well as foreign exchange students who are in U.S. or any citizens.
U1A enrolment is limited to students who fall within the appropriate age range and meet grade level requirements.
The UA Board has established a policy of priority enrolment for siblings of current students. For grades K-12, children of Board members or Academy employees are eligible for priority enrolment.
Any student who was enrolled at UA in the immediately preceding academic year is eligible to re-enroll in the appropriate age range/grade level unless that grade is not offered.
No student may be denied participation in the application process due to lack of student records.
For grades K-12, if U1A receives more applications for enrolment than it has spaces available, students will be selected randomly through a public lottery drawing.
You can register your child Academy’s main office during business hours. To save time, please print and bring the completed application form with you when you register.
Copy of birth certificate (and passport if the student is not a citizen)
Copy of immunization record
Copy of last report card
Copy of Social Security card
Free and reduced lunch application (with proof of income)