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"Growing Tomorrow's Leader Today"



At University Place Elementary, we're dedicated to "Growing Tomorrow's Leaders Today," with a curriculum that nurtures academic and social growth through critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. Our educational philosophy emphasizes a comprehensive learning experience, incorporating diverse daily lessons and introducing foreign languages at early grades to ensure a well-rounded education.

Leadership development stands at the forefront of our mission. We integrate the Leader In Me program, teaching the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," along with CharacterStrong within our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework, equipping students with essential life skills. Additionally, our 21st Century Community Learning Center After-School Program provides expanded educational opportunities beyond the classroom.

We further empower our students through an ambassador program, encouraging them to take on leadership roles and make positive contributions to their community. At University Place Elementary, we see the potential in every student to become a leader and are deeply committed to offering a rich and engaging educational experience that prepares them for the future.

Mission, Vision, Belief Statement, and Core Values

Our Mission: Growing tomorrow’s leaders today.

Our Vision: To be an innovative school which develops students both academically and socially through a project-based curriculum and leadership-based culture.

Our Belief Statement: ALL students can and will learn at UPES as a result of collective responsibility, increased accountability, and maintaining a safe, engaging environment of high expectations for ALL.


Success for Our Students

Fast Facts

Grades: PK–5
Students: 620 
Faculty/Staff: 70
Colors: Red and White
Mascot: Falcons

L—Lead with the 7 Habits
E—Exhibit Safe Behaviors
A—Act Responsibly
D—Display Kindness
S—Strive for Excellence

Daily School Hours

Office Hours
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.–7:50 a.m.

Student Instruction
8:00 a.m.–2:35 p.m.

Teacher Hours
7:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

2000 1st Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Ms. Nakelya Mullins, Principal

Ms. Kiera Ezell, Assistant Principal