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University High School

Public | 9-12 | 500 students

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4 stars

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2012:
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Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

Upon finding University High, my daughter is finally 'at home'. It offers a challenging and enriching curriculum. If a student does what they highly recommend, that is attend tutoring sessions after school and adhere to their study advice they will be able to succeed. You get what you put into it. My daughter has straight A's so far and finds a couple of the courses to be easy(her electives that are with the Tolleson High classes) but most to have the right amount of challenge that she craves. Many students received scholarships last year either. Some are going to local university with scholarships as well as Stanford, Harvey Mudd, National, Brown, etc. The curriculum incorporates using the 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens'. There are certain classes in which they won't let you get less than 80% without either intensive tutoring or retaking the class over the summer. You really do get what you put into it, a student must be willing to work hard at this school. My daughter loves it! And she enjoys extracurricular activities and clubs that they offer. They have a new dean this year and so far communication is even better than before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

My son was in the top 7% in his Math AIMS when I enrolled him into UH he has attended the school for two years. I was told by several teachers and the ONLY guidance teacher UH has that "students are expected to fail in their first year" I gave it another year and then became very worried as I spoke to other parents who were displeased on the teaching methods and we're taking their children out of UH. I also attended the scholarship ceremony at TUHS/UH and noticed very few UH students were awarded scholarships at this point I wash very concerned but still felt there was hope and wanted some assurance from UH staff but I was not able to get any reassurance from staff including the Dean .. If anything it was the opposite even more concern with my sons grades falling and no one available to inquire about thm was pure frustration to say the least. It wasn't until I called district did I receive an actual call back almost three weeks later and was basically told my son wasn't a concern because he was not "failing" in their eyes regardless of my son dropping from an "A" student to a "C -" in one semester. I was beyond furious and attempted to get some type of answers on how to help my son
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

As a student who attends this school, I know first hand what kind of school this is. I love how challenging the courses are. The environment is welcoming and peaceful. Every student strides to reach their full potential with the support of the teachers and their fellow peers. Although University High School is very challenging it is also very enjoyable. You have the privilege of meeting people of diverse backgrounds, which helps to build essential social skills. The one thing i believe this school lacks, as well as the Tolleson Union High School District, is funds. Although the majority of schools need funds very few are able to work with what they have. In University High we work with what we have and we have been successful. University High is like nothing i have every encountered.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2013

I was skeptical about all Phoenix schools because there not a challenge for the kids. I was school surfing and came across this school. I said this school has 10 out of 10 stars, you have gots to be kidding. I did the research and loved what I saw. The test results were good, performance, everything I wanted to here about the school. I took my son to take the test and he passed. I was so happy because I just want a challenge for him. We're from Michigan and I was disappointed with the school system so I was looking for something challenging. I am happy with the results. The school is very challenging and keeps kids focused. My son is learning alot and is challenged, thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

University High is an amazing school where they teach you based on where you are at, not where the rest of the student body is at. The pace is specialized to fit any teen's learning. They support you, and this school is really like a family. We all work together to support each other and build each other up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2012

Coming from Ohio, our son was not being challenged in the Arizona public school system. We were very excited with what we heard about this school and it has met our desire for a challenging education. We are very happy with this school and the small school setting within the Tolleson Union High School.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a designation in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 43%
White 21% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Black 8% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 89% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2012)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: all
  • Drama club
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Financial Aid Awareness
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Courtney Stevens
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 478-4252

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Financial Aid Awareness
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • DECA
  • Dance club: all
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • New Global Citizens
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
165
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
400

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$0 - $0
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Financial Aid Awareness
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 89%
Military - 1%
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9419 West Van Buren Street
Tolleson, AZ 85353
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Phone: (623) 478-4380

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