University Park is a full magnet offering the Visual and Performing Arts program. The school was named a Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America in 2008.
University Park Elementary School was opened in September 1958 at the end of Hildebrand Street. The first principal at the new school was Elizabeth "Libby" Randolph, who first came to CharlotteMecklenburg Schools in 1944 as an English teacher at West Charlotte High School. After 14 years at West Charlotte, she was recruited to open University Park Elementary, with parents specifically petitioning superintendent Dr. Elmer Garinger to give her the job. Randolph smoothly led University Park through integration, hiring several white teachers that had never worked for an African American supervisor before.Today, University Park Elementary still exists at its original location at 2400 Hildebrand Street, and is now known as University Park Creative Arts Elementary. Another former teacher and principal at University Park Elementary was Charlie Dannelly, a JCSU graduate and resident of the nearby Northwood Estates who served on Charlotte City Council from 1977-89 and represented parts of Charlotte as a nine-term state senator from 1994-2012.
School Hours - 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM
Arrival Time - The front doors open at 8:45 AM.
Dismissal by car, bus and van is at 4:10 PM.
Free breakfast and lunch is available to all students. Upon arrival, if students wish to eat breakfast, they should report to the cafeteria.
Breakfast ends at 9:10 AM.
Tardy Bell - First warning bell rings at 9:10 AM, students should be seated in class before 9:15 AM, or they will be marked Tardy for the day.
Car Rider Dismissal - please have your car tags displayed for pickup. Children are not dismissed from the office.