Award Year: 2020

University Place Primary School

2708 Grandview Drive W.
University Place, WA, 98466-2699

(253) 566-5620

Mr. Willie Keith, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

University Place

School Website


Our mission, in partnership with our community, is to ensure that all UPSD students are competent, contributing citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 16%
Small group instruction ensures that students get lots of feedback.

Small group instruction ensures that students get lots of feedback.

University Place Primary (UPP) is an extraordinary place to learn because of a shared belief in the capacity of all students to learn and a common commitment to engaging in collective, research-based practices that ensure even our most vulnerable students achieve. The ultimate measure of a school's success is its impact on achievement, specifically its impact on the academic achievement of historically underserved populations. UPP's mission is one of both equity and excellence. Every student receives the support, resources, and expert daily instruction necessary to achieve rigorous content objectives. Our expert teachers operate in tandem to deliver explicit, fully-guided core instructional experiences infused with the scaffolds necessary for all learners to access critical objectives. These core learning experiences are supported by intentional and targeted efforts to anticipate and intervene to meet the specific needs of struggling students. Our teams actively monitor the growth of all students, particularly our neediest, most disadvantaged students, through layered assessment systems and they respond with intentionality and conviction to those students who have not yet learned. At all levels of the school, we leverage every possible resource and every ounce of collective expertise to ensure every child achieves.

At UPP, we honor the potential and dignity of every child. We believe in their capacity to accomplish extraordinary things, and we communicate to each our unwavering expectation for their success. Our teachers are devoted, courageous educators, blessed with a wonderfully diverse and supportive community, who spend every moment of each day ensuring that even our most impacted students will receive the opportunity to thrive both in and beyond our school.