Our Message

Principal’s Message

Parents and Students,

Welcome back for the 2022-23 Academic Year!

I am particularly excited to welcome back such organizations as MUN and Green Ambassadors to the High School, as well as those events that have always been part of the traditions of UAS such as International Night and High School Barbecues. 

Although health and safety remain a high priority, it is now your choice whether to wear a mask or not, and this is great news! 

The High School will begin classes on Monday, September 5, 2022. Students will be allowed into the courtyard at 7:00 a.m. and into the building at 7:15 a.m. Classes will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. School ID’s will be issued to students during their first block.

Class schedules will be made available on Saturday, September 3, 2022. 

I am also privileged to once again be able to meet parents in person instead of via Zoom. If you have a concern, or just want to communicate to us what a wonderful impact our teachers are having on your son or daughter, please make an appointment with Mrs. Razan, ext. 500.

I would love to see you!

One of the most important aspects of ensuring a good school year is communication.  I am emphasizing communication to the office staff, to the teachers and now to you. In most cases, your first point of contact for a concern will be the teacher. However, the High School office staff and administration are always available to answer questions or to clarify a point. 

Many of the questions we receive are addressed in the Student/Parent Handbook, and I encourage you to read it carefully. Once you receive it, we will need you to sign the required documents and return them to the school. 

Also, please be mindful of the school policies regarding schedule changes. We do not change schedules to accommodate a teacher preference.

Students may request a change of elective classes only during the first week of classes. To process requests, they must be made through email to Ms. Deanne Byrd by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022. 

The staff at Universal American School strongly believes that:

Learning is the conscious cultivation of character and mind, and that through helping our students choose safety, kindness, and responsibility, we help ensure that all graduates of Universal American School are well-rounded individuals equipped both spiritually and mentally to face the wonderful challenges and opportunities the post-graduate world has to offer.

Warm regards,

Charles Lester

High School Principal
Universal American School


Vice Principal’s Message

Dear High School Community,  

Welcome to another exciting school year at the Universal American School! I am looking forward to welcoming our new and returning High School students, and I am excited to see all of our students in September!

It is a true privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic success and social growth. I feel these were qualities instilled in me during my time as a student at UAS, and it is my goal to continue the tradition of preparing students for leadership in an interconnected and highly diverse world. I am excited to get to know our students and form positive and supportive relationships with them. We have an amazing staff that is guided on the principle of doing what is best for students. We consider ourselves a family, and we are excited to welcome you and your student(s) into the UAS family.
My door is always open. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you and helping each student at the Universal American School meet his or her goals and have a successful school year!


Layal Sleeq, MA
High School Vice Principal
Universal American School