Principal's Message

Keith William

Dear University Place Primary Families,

With great pleasure I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year at University Place Primary. On behalf of our entire staff, I wish to express our sincerest enthusiasm for the start of another year in service of the students and families of UPP. We are committed to providing an exceptional academic experience that promotes the learning and growth of all of our students.

University Place Primary serves approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The outstanding staff at UPP is committed to the success of every student. Therefore, high expectations and accountability for student achievement are an integral part of our culture. Our staff members engage in intense collaboration, using data and research-based instructional practices to deliver a high quality educational program that actively engages all students.

We are also committed to creating a positive learning environment in which every student is honored and valued. At UPP, we take great efforts to provide an experience that is not only academically challenging, but also warm, caring, and safe. Our students contribute to this climate by honoring the following UPP promises: (1) I promise to never hurt anyone on the inside or outside, (2) I promise to respect myself and others, and (3) I promise to respect school property. We establish clear expectations for student behavior, and we recognize and celebrate students' positive choices.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you this school year. I believe strongly that families are essential partners in promoting the academic and emotional growth of students. Therefore, your involvement at UPP is encouraged and appreciated. Please consider joining our PTSA or volunteering in the classroom. Our website is intended to familiarize you with our school and provide you with information and updates as needed. If you have any questions, I welcome you to contact me via phone at (253) 566-5620 or via email at


William Keith
Principal, University Place Primary