University Academy

The University Academy After School Program is a part of a collaborative effort between The University of Texas at Tyler Ingenuity Center and local schools. Our award winning program provides a quality experience that has more and more students staying even later in order to take part in the learning and fun.

The University Academy After-School Program:

  • Is a strong cooperative partnership with the school leadership, teachers, school day, campus improvement plan, and campus goals.
  • Provides Engaging Activities, Academic Assistance, Enrichment, College and Career Readiness, and Family/Parent Support.
  • Involves lesson planning and engaging activities supervised by highly qualified and energetic personnel committed to the support and development of UA students.
  • Places an emphasis on STEM , PBL (Project Based Learning) and PBIS (Positive Behavior Support Systems).
  • Employs program goals such as improved attitudes towards school, a sense of involvement, improvement in attendance, behavior and grades, promotion to the next grade level, and acquisition of cross curricular skills.
  • Bases the course selection on student Voice and Choice, paired with meeting identified student academic and behavioral needs.

Every Participating student has the opportunity:

  • to complete homework in an environment where assistance and encouragement are actively provided.
  • to get intervention based on identified needs.
  • to participate in STEM/PBL based activities.
  • to participate in interest-based enrichment Activities/Programs (robotics, sports/recreational/arts/social/etc.).
  • to develop College and Career Readiness, Cross Curricular Skills, and interest/belief/vision.


With the assistance of college work/study tutors, UT Tyler is helping enact the ideals of academic advancement in the local areas. The mission is to improve academics, attendance, behavior, promotion rates, graduation rates, college and career readiness and family involvement in student performance. Students active in after school University Academy programs are more likely to attend school, improve in math, reading, science and social study skills, have higher self-esteem and confidence in academic abilities, pass core subjects, complete high school, and have high aspirations for the future.  UTTUA provides classes that make learning a fun and exciting thing as well as tutors who are positive role models and proof that education can lead to success. For more information on this program please contact:

Senior Project Director for UT Tyler

  • Tambelynn Wallace

Junior Project Director

  • Christy Murray

Site Coordinators






University Academy After School Program/VIP at Boulter Middle School

The University Academy, also known as ACE (After School Centers of Education), is a program dedicated to the education of the young. By targeting the high-need, high-poverty, low-performing schools, University Academy aims to help promote programs to address academic needs, and provide academic assistance along with enrichment opportunities to help students meet academic standards and graduate ready for higher education. The University of Texas at Tyler is working with six local schools:

Boulter Middle School
Dogan Middle School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Moore Middle School
Stewart Middle School

This program also involves family engagement designed to target the improvement of the learning environment at home, research proves family involvement in academics leads to success. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, examples of these classes are sewing, career building, business-management, scrap-booking, and even such activities as soccer and kick-boxing.

Programming Information

When your child brings home a packet to fill out, please make sure to complete all sections and sign and initial where asked.  Some packets were turned in incomplete and some did not make it to the after school program coordinator.  These forms are required for your child’s participation.
We are providing After-School Activities, every Monday through Thursday, until 6:15 each day.

  • Activities will not be provided on Fridays.
  • Other days and times will be offered later in the year, including opportunities for family members.
  • On Fridays, regular bus transportation will be provided at 3:30.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 4:15 on Monday through Thursday, and at 3:30 on Fridays.

We encourage all students to also participate until 6:15 each day, by enrolling in two more sessions each day.

  • Bus transportation will be provided at 6:15 (for students who are enrolled and participate).
  • Car riders and walkers will also be dismissed at 6:15.
  • Reminder: Activities are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  • Reminder: On Fridays, all students will be dismissed at 3:30.

× Students have to fill out choice sheets every six weeks.

University Academy After School Program at Dogan Middle School

The University Academy, also known as ACE (After School Centers of Education), is a program dedicated to the education of the young. By targeting the high-need, high-poverty, low-performing schools, University Academy aims to help promote programs to address academic needs, and provide academic assistance along with enrichment opportunities to help students meet academic standards and graduate ready for higher education. The University of Texas at Tyler is working with six local schools:

Boulter Middle School
Dogan Middle School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Moore Middle School
Stewart Middle School

This program also involves family engagement designed to target the improvement of the learning environment at home, research proves family involvement in academics leads to success. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, examples of these classes are sewing, career building, business-management, scrap-booking, and even such activities as soccer and kick-boxing.

Programming Information

When your child brings home a packet to fill out, please make sure to complete all sections and sign and initial where asked.  Some packets were turned in incomplete and some did not make it to the after school program coordinator.  These forms are required for your child’s participation.
We are providing After-School Activities, every Monday through Thursday, until 6:15 each day.

  • Activities will not be provided on Fridays.
  • Other days and times will be offered later in the year, including opportunities for family members.
  • On Fridays, regular bus transportation will be provided at 3:30.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 4:15 on Monday through Thursday, and at 3:30 on Fridays.

We encourage all students to also participate until 6:15 each day, by enrolling in two more sessions each day.

  • Bus transportation will be provided at 6:15 (for students who are enrolled and participate).
  • Car riders and walkers will also be dismissed at 6:15.
  • Reminder: Activities are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  • Reminder: On Fridays, all students will be dismissed at 3:30.

× Students have to fill out choice sheets every six weeks.

University Academy After School Program at Hogg Middle School

The University Academy, also known as ACE (After School Centers of Education), is a program dedicated to the education of the young. By targeting the high-need, high-poverty, low-performing schools, University Academy aims to help promote programs to address academic needs, and provide academic assistance along with enrichment opportunities to help students meet academic standards and graduate ready for higher education. The University of Texas at Tyler is working with six local schools:

Boulter Middle School
Dogan Middle School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Moore Middle School
Stewart Middle School

This program also involves family engagement designed to target the improvement of the learning environment at home, research proves family involvement in academics leads to success. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, examples of these classes are sewing, career building, business-management, scrap-booking, and even such activities as soccer and kick-boxing.

Programming Information

When your child brings home a packet to fill out, please make sure to complete all sections and sign and initial where asked.  Some packets were turned in incomplete and some did not make it to the after school program coordinator.  These forms are required for your child’s participation.
We are providing After-School Activities, every Monday through Thursday, until 6:15 each day.

  • Activities will not be provided on Fridays.
  • Other days and times will be offered later in the year, including opportunities for family members.
  • On Fridays, regular bus transportation will be provided at 3:30.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 4:15 on Monday through Thursday, and at 3:30 on Fridays.

We encourage all students to also participate until 6:15 each day, by enrolling in two more sessions each day.

  • Bus transportation will be provided at 6:15 (for students who are enrolled and participate).
  • Car riders and walkers will also be dismissed at 6:15.
  • Reminder: Activities are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  • Reminder: On Fridays, all students will be dismissed at 3:30.

× Students have to fill out choice sheets every six weeks.

University Academy After School Program at Hubbard Middle School

The University Academy, also known as ACE (After School Centers of Education), is a program dedicated to the education of the young. By targeting the high-need, high-poverty, low-performing schools, University Academy aims to help promote programs to address academic needs, and provide academic assistance along with enrichment opportunities to help students meet academic standards and graduate ready for higher education. The University of Texas at Tyler is working with six local schools:

Boulter Middle School
Dogan Middle School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Moore Middle School
Stewart Middle School

This program also involves family engagement designed to target the improvement of the learning environment at home, research proves family involvement in academics leads to success. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, examples of these classes are sewing, career building, business-management, scrap-booking, and even such activities as soccer and kick-boxing.

Programming Information

When your child brings home a packet to fill out, please make sure to complete all sections and sign and initial where asked.  Some packets were turned in incomplete and some did not make it to the after school program coordinator.  These forms are required for your child’s participation.
We are providing After-School Activities, every Monday through Thursday, until 6:15 each day.

  • Activities will not be provided on Fridays.
  • Other days and times will be offered later in the year, including opportunities for family members.
  • On Fridays, regular bus transportation will be provided at 3:30.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 4:15 on Monday through Thursday, and at 3:30 on Fridays.

We encourage all students to also participate until 6:15 each day, by enrolling in two more sessions each day.

  • Bus transportation will be provided at 6:15 (for students who are enrolled and participate).
  • Car riders and walkers will also be dismissed at 6:15.
  • Reminder: Activities are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  • Reminder: On Fridays, all students will be dismissed at 3:30.

× Students have to fill out choice sheets every six weeks.

University Academy After School Program at Moore Middle School

The University Academy, also known as ACE (After School Centers of Education), is a program dedicated to the education of the young. By targeting the high-need, high-poverty, low-performing schools, University Academy aims to help promote programs to address academic needs, and provide academic assistance along with enrichment opportunities to help students meet academic standards and graduate ready for higher education. The University of Texas at Tyler is working with six local schools:

Boulter Middle School
Dogan Middle School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Moore Middle School
Stewart Middle School

This program also involves family engagement designed to target the improvement of the learning environment at home, research proves family involvement in academics leads to success. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, examples of these classes are sewing, career building, business-management, scrap-booking, and even such activities as soccer and kick-boxing.

Programming Information

When your child brings home a packet to fill out, please make sure to complete all sections and sign and initial where asked.  Some packets were turned in incomplete and some did not make it to the after school program coordinator.  These forms are required for your child’s participation.
We are providing After-School Activities, every Monday through Thursday, until 6:15 each day.

  • Activities will not be provided on Fridays.
  • Other days and times will be offered later in the year, including opportunities for family members.
  • On Fridays, regular bus transportation will be provided at 3:30.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 4:15 on Monday through Thursday, and at 3:30 on Fridays.

We encourage all students to also participate until 6:15 each day, by enrolling in two more sessions each day.

  • Bus transportation will be provided at 6:15 (for students who are enrolled and participate).
  • Car riders and walkers will also be dismissed at 6:15.
  • Reminder: Activities are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  • Reminder: On Fridays, all students will be dismissed at 3:30.

× Students have to fill out choice sheets every six weeks.

University Academy After School Program at Stewart Middle School

The University Academy, also known as ACE (After School Centers of Education), is a program dedicated to the education of the young. By targeting the high-need, high-poverty, low-performing schools, University Academy aims to help promote programs to address academic needs, and provide academic assistance along with enrichment opportunities to help students meet academic standards and graduate ready for higher education. The University of Texas at Tyler is working with six local schools:

Boulter Middle School
Dogan Middle School
Hogg Middle School
Hubbard Middle School
Moore Middle School
Stewart Middle School

This program also involves family engagement designed to target the improvement of the learning environment at home, research proves family involvement in academics leads to success. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, examples of these classes are sewing, career building, business-management, scrap-booking, and even such activities as soccer and kick-boxing.

Programming Information

When your child brings home a packet to fill out, please make sure to complete all sections and sign and initial where asked.  Some packets were turned in incomplete and some did not make it to the after school program coordinator.  These forms are required for your child’s participation.
We are providing After-School Activities, every Monday through Thursday, until 6:15 each day.

  • Activities will not be provided on Fridays.
  • Other days and times will be offered later in the year, including opportunities for family members.
  • On Fridays, regular bus transportation will be provided at 3:30.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 4:15 on Monday through Thursday, and at 3:30 on Fridays.

We encourage all students to also participate until 6:15 each day, by enrolling in two more sessions each day.

  • Bus transportation will be provided at 6:15 (for students who are enrolled and participate).
  • Car riders and walkers will also be dismissed at 6:15.
  • Reminder: Activities are only offered Monday through Thursday.
  • Reminder: On Fridays, all students will be dismissed at 3:30.

× Students have to fill out choice sheets every six weeks.

University Academy After School Program at Fruitvale ISD

Fruitvale ISD is one of four school districts in East Texas to take part in UT-Tyler’s University Academy initiative through the Texas ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) program. We are funded by the US Department of Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and managed through TEA’s Texas ACE program. Check out the following link to learn more about the Texas ACE program
http://www.texasace21.org/.

K-12 students participating in the University Academy at Fruitvale benefit from programming aimed at increasing student achievement, attendance, behavior, and promotion rates while also providing fun and engaging enrichment activities such as Engineering Design & Construction, Critical Thinking Games, Arts & Crafts, Wii Fitness class, Cooking, Jewelry Design, Science Exploration, Robotics, Lego Learning, Lil’ Gardeners, and much more! We also provide classes and activities to FISD families. Some classes that we offer, or are in the process of introducing to our community, are ESL, GED, Computer Literacy, Adult Fitness, Health & Wellness, Money Management, and more. All of these courses are free to FISD students and their families!

Read below for details about our program schedule:

We provide three session each day, Monday through Thursday during the school year.
Session I: 3:30 – 4:30
Session II: 4:45 – 5:30
Session III: 5:45 – 6:30

We also provide six weeks of programming during the summer. Check back for more information regarding our summer course offerings.

K-12 student participants are provided with a free nutritional snack each day, as well as transportation home for those who ride the bus. While in ACE, our students receive small group intervention in core subject areas as well as homework assistance on a daily basis. When planning for other classes and activities, we aim at providing several opportunities to participate in STEM and PBL driven learning. Additionally, we strongly believe in creating an environment where students practice 21st century skills. Check out the following site for more details: http://p21.org.

We also apply PBIS strategies to assist students who may need extra attention with behavior management. To learn more about PBIS and its benefits visit www.pbis.org.

The University Academy at Fruitvale-Texas ACE employs educators from several areas of expertise. If you would like to join our team, or are a parent/community member interested in sharing your knowledge, hobbies, or talents with our students, please contact me.