UT Tyler Charter Schools Earn College Success Award

Office of Marketing and Communications

September 27, 2022

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Senior Director of Media Relations
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that all three University Academy charter schools received the 2022 College Success Award for excelling at preparing students for college.

UT Tyler University Academy campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine were among 164 public schools in Texas and 1,742 in the nation recognized by GreatSchools.org, which highlights schools for excellence in preparing students to enroll in college, succeed in college-level coursework and persist into their second year. 

“We are pleased that all of our campuses were selected for this prestigious award,’’ said Dr. Jo Ann Simmons, University Academy superintendent. “This achievement celebrates the work of our teachers, administrators, staff and students, and confirms that our student-centered model of instruction supports our goal of preparing students for successful transitions into a university system.’’

Award winners were determined by a methodology that evaluated school-level data on college preparation, college enrollment and college performance. University Academy’s Tyler and Palestine campuses each scored 7 out of 10 and the Longview campus scored 8 in the data analysis.

Operated by the UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology, the University Academy is an  open-enrollment laboratory charter school serving 738 students in grades K-12 across its campuses. The school district incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education into daily classroom curriculum and uses a hands-on learning approach to better equip students with the 21st century skills required to succeed. For more information, visit uttua.org/.

With a mission to improve educational and healthcare outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.