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Irvine, CA
Students enrolled: 2,477

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4771 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

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September 13, 2014
My two sons go to Uni and the school is great. The school has very high standards and it is not as scary as most parents want to portray it. The staff and counselor are very helpful. If your son has good work ethics he/she will do well.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2014
I completely agree with both previous posts. We moved from out of state and were told that my student couldn't get into the AP classes because this school was very hard. Even though came with an A+ in Honors English was not allowed to get into AP English. Teachers were not helpful most of the time, with some exceptions of course. The environment is very far from welcoming. It is fake like everything in the area. In general the experience has been bad, I hope to get a better environment for my other child.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
I completely agree with previous parent. This has been disappointing. Staff have a saying they use over and over...Your child may be getting b's because this school is difficult. Wrong! Many students have tutoring outside of school and take courses to review the next year curriculum. The teachers donot need to teach the students but merely give assignments because a large majority of students do not participate in class because they go to private tutoring to actually learn the material. This also make for very talkative class rooms. There is a discrimination of white students. Look into any Honors or AP classes and you will find 1 or 2 white students. Which doesn't fit the fact that there are 25% white students at the school. If you are not asian, and you are in these classes there is question that you belong there.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
We are one of those families that moved from out of state and chose our home because it was in the UNI district. That was an enormous mistake. I had two children go through this school and can honestly say it has been a terrible experience for both. The majority of the teachers could care less about the students, some answering cell phones during class or not in their classroom during office hours. The administration is not much better always assuming the students are wrong, not the teachers. The counselors are even worse because they pretend to care but have so many students, they can't even begin to know one from the other. My first child, accepted to an elite college, tells me not one semester of college comes close to how hard UNI was. My second used to be an enthusiastic learner, a straight A student until UNI. Averaging 4 hours sleep in order to get B's in high school is just not right. The kids that get A's are, and I hate to say it, Asian. They take summer prep classes in the AP subjects so when they take the class at UNI they can get an A. This is what the teachers teach to. So unless your child takes a prep class, they can forget about doing well in the AP classes.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
University High School in Irvine is truly a great school, which offers high academic and sports standards to all of its students. The faculty is wonderful, and they not only teach our children. They make them think and prepare for the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
This is an awesome school and i really love it, the teachers are awesome and it is very competitive, just as i like it

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2013
Honestly, I don't find UNI that terrible. I agree, this school is based on high grades and test scores and only teach toward students who are AP and intelligent students. But that doesn't mean they ignore the rest who are struggling. We have office hours where students can come in to talk to teachers. We have tutoring after school. It's up to the students and how they perform at their own level. If it's hard, then take the extra time at home to study or even talk to the teacher about the problems of trying to catch up the academically driven classes. I'm not smart and I am graduating with a 3.35 GPA and going to a state college but all of my friends and other students who are attending UCs and even IV Leagues do not look down on me nor any other person because we're all happy we're going somewhere in the end. UNI is a great place because it prepares us so well for college. I wouldn't want to change high schools. There isn't any trouble with bullying and we're accepting of other races. We get along well with anyone at high school and I like that about UNI.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2013
This school monitors this site, and does not like receiving low scores. 99% of the teachers here need to be replaced or required to attend tolerance and communication training. Mainstream teachers will do whatever they can to not deal with your child. Please don't send your child here, it will benefit them in their life. What child needs to constantly be bullied by teachers and deal with racism coming from authority figures?

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
This is one of the best high schools in the nation at preparing young adults for competition in the real world. Sorry, once you graduate from college, no one is going to coddle you. If the competition is tough, it is because everyone here is doing their best. I'm sorry some people feel that not enough students are slacking or messing around so the grade curves go down. The negative comments on this board about this school reflect what is wrong with America. The world and the business world is competitive and you will feel pressure. There's no need to apologize for success.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2012
No one high school is perfect. It may be good to someone and bad to others. It is the parent job to find a high school for your children to learn. If you think this school is too tough, you can choose a mild school to give your children more time to grow and build the confident.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
I'm a parent of a student who just graduated last week after 4 incredible years at Uni. I truly cannot comprehend some of the most recent negative posts about Uni. This school provides whatever you want in terms of education AND extracurricular activities. Sure, Uni offers some of the most challenging AP classes to prepare students who aspire to attend the best college they can...BUT, many of my son's friends are not in that category and have greatly enjoyed taking "regular" classes, playing sports, etc. Yes, many of his friends are in the 3.8 to 4.2 GPA range, him included...but, these are normal, everyday kids who play sports, work part time, play video games, etc. They are good kids who we've known since moving to the area 9 or 10 years ago. Any school is what you make of it. Some of my son's friends are headed to local community colleges, some to UCs and a few are headed to the top colleges in the nation...yet they all hang out together and support each other. Not sure how anyone can say Uni is "failing" it's students. High school is about getting prepared for the "real world." Uni gets a perfect score in my book for that!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
The school needs to wake up and realize that not everyone aspires to be a doctor or lawyer, or dreams of going to an Ivy league school or a UC. While the majority of teachers I had at Uni were great, fun people, some teachers were either mind-numbingly incompetent or pompous tools. Even many students were so smug that they'd look down their noses at those who didn't receive a 4.8 GPA. High School is supposed to help one prepare for college, not be much a hundred times harder than it. There is too much pressure on students to be the next Albert Einstein that they turn into mindless drones with no social skills or the ability to expand his or her creativity. I understand hard work and getting good grades is essential to being successful in school, but seriously, LIGHTEN UP. And to any current students reading my post: THERE IS NO SHAME IN GOING TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Most college kids have no idea what they want to major in, and even when they think they do, most end up changing it. CC is the best place to experiment with what you like.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2012
I moved so my child could go to this school. I am concerned that these last reviews might have some truth to them.I am worried that this school is only focusing on scores and academics.There was a fight last week with two girls,where one was punched in the mouth where she was bleeding.There needs to be some kind of assembly and community meeting about bullying in our schools in light of the tragic events in Ohio and the tragic homicide in Long Beach.This school needs to be more involved in it's students overall mental and emotional health rather then just academics.It seems that when I called and spoke to someone that my child had witnessed this they already had enough info and the person involved was not bleeding that bad? REALLY???(the person actually said this to me) I think this needs to be addressed and people are afraid of speaking up.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
I just read two more reviews submitted by students regarding University High School. I hope the staff at University HS, and IUSD School District hears the "voices" of the students. The school is failing its students. Education is more than standardized tests scores. It's job is to teach students to learn, and to acquire knowledge and to build on each student's talents, and abilities. Academics are important, but more importantly is to build self esteem, and hope, and recognition that each student has a God given talent and a right to succeed. No two students are alike, they do no look act or think alike which is why many do not excell in this environment that expects them to learn alike. Remember the quote of Steve Jobs, "Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, that everything around you that you call life was made up by people NO SMARTER THAN YOU... the minute you understand that, you can poke life; you can change it, you can mold it, enbrace it, make your mark upon it. Once you learn that you will never be the same again.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
This school never inspires students. It puts them down and doesn't care. There is never any positive reinforcement. They are arrogant because of their rating, which they don't deserve.

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2011
University High School is not good at all. I feel so sorry for kids whose parents MOVE JUST FOR THEM TO ATTEND UNI. That honestly makes me so sick. Some parents just need to chill out and let their kids decide whether or not they want to have a life. And let me tell you, attending UNI means you will not have a life. The academics here are 10X harder than other schools... and for what reason? Why devote YOUR PRECIOUS TEENAGE LIFE to trying so hard at UNI when you can do well at any other high school and be fine? Most students here do not question these things... I just moved here to Irvine from Texas, and now after attending a semester here at UNI, I feel like my high school experience is being wasted on this dumb school. I put forth a considerable amount of effort for this school, yet no matter how hard I try, there will be those 300+ other students who have devoted their entire life to academics here and are instantly better than me. I'm so fed up with this place, I have decided to leave. I don't even care anymore... if you people think this is how school is supposed to be, I feel really sorry for you. Have fun, people of Irvine.

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2011
IUSD has a serious problem with interpreting IDEA and ADA laws. This school is the crown jewel. I have followed several families with kids on the specail needs list. I have sat in meetings and read emails from staff. It is shameful and sad. Without a lawyer, bottle of strong asprin and inside knowledge your child does not have a sporting chance here or anywhere in IUSD. I was horrified to discover my Tustin home was in this district. My sincere sympathies to the unfortunate families that have to deal with Uni staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
We moved to Irvine because of University High School. We are not Asian. Three of my five kids have graduated from there and all got into fantastic colleges (Ivy League, UC, other top 25 colleges). In high school they worked very hard and were surrounded by kids who challenged them to be their very best academically. After middle school some of their friends choose not to attend the school and went to Caucasian majority private schools or went to Woodbridge. College Counselors know the Uni rep. I have seen the reverse in terms of a so-called bias toward Asians, rather, numerous times over the years I have witnessed Uni teachers and counselors resist typical Asian parent behavior. My kids have various academic abilities, and at least three have learning disorders of various degrees, but they all have done very well at the school, due in part to the culture of academic excellence and the expectation of their parents that they compete to the very best of their ability.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
University High School is definitely a polar figure. Either you love it, or hate it. I personally could not imagine being any place else. To start off, the courses at this school will be some of the most difficult classes that you will take. Not because of the teachers, because most of them really are great, but because of the work load that will keep you up all night. But the knowledge that you will gain is so rewarding, and there is SO much of it. The only thing that I would change is the difficulty to change from a CP class to an honors. Although I had THE highest grade in my CP English class, I was refused ability to go into honors next year, because my grade was 2% off the cutoff point. How ridiculous is that? Now that I think about it, I shouldn't have said ONLY earlier. I also highly dislike the sense of competition. At UNI, a mediocre GPA is 3.7. MEDIOCRE. This causes SO MANY students to enroll in AP classes that he or she may not even enjoy, just for a GPA boost. AP classes should be to learn more about a subject that you love, not just a college app filler. Well, that's my input. I honestly DO love UNI wholeheartedly. The people you meet are friends for life. Go Trojans!

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2011
THIS SCHOOL IS TERRIBLE. NOT BALANCED ONLY CARE ABOUT ONE THING ACADEMICS. ACADEMICS IS IMPORTANT BUT WELLBEING/ GOOD HEALTH/ EXCERCISE IS A PART OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIVE STYLE LEADING TO LONG, HAPPY ENJOYABLE LIFE. HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD BE A FUN TIME! YOU ARE ONLY YOUNG ONCE. I HAVE NEVER FELT SO DEPRESSED, OUT OF SHAPE, ANGRY IN MY LIFE. UNI WAS A COMPLETE OF 4 YEARS. I JUST DID IT BECAUSE MY DAD MADE ME. MATER DEI AND CDM ARE THE BEST AT OFFERING WHOLE PICTURE AND ARE WELL BALANCED BETWEEN THE TWO.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2011
Ok so I have a 4.1 GPA at Uni and I'm still considered stupid. There's just an incredible amount of pressure and most of the students there are extremely nasty and snobbish. Also, the school is over 50% Asian, and they dominate the school completely, being obviously preferred by the faculty and other students. If you want to have any fun at all in high school and still get into a top college, your best bet is going to Woodbridge.

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2010
Great School. It is a bit tough but the only reason I dont recive straight A's is because i truly dont try. But their Girl Swim Team Just Won DI CIF! Go UNI GIRLS SWIM!

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2010
Uni is amazing. I've gone to Uni for my entire high school career, and its been the best four years of my life. I mean, sure the classes are hard, and yeah I've had a couple all-nighters, but it was all worth it in the end. The teachers are really great, and all they want is to help you learn and grow.The people there are great, and the friends that I've made always had my back, whether I was stressing over finals, homecoming, or an upcoming orchestra concert. University High School is amazing, and I consider myself lucky to have been able to attend such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2010
I am a current Junior and I transferred in November of my freshmen year. The friends I made, the teachers I met have just been awesome. The counselors are also the best. They have been so helpful and guided me toward going to a four year University. My football coach whom I've had since sophomore year has been great too. I have one more year to study and have fun at UNI. The memories I made here will be with me forever. Go Trojans!

- submitted by a student
December 31, 2009
This is an excellent school. Currently, I am a senior, and have attended the school since my junior year. The academics are difficult, but you actually learn. I have developed good study habits because of this school. The teachers are very helpful and care about their students' progress. The students are also friendly and open. Additionally, there is plenty of advice for college applications and admissions in the school's college and career center. I strongly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2009
I'm a current student at uni and I love the school! Yes, the work can be difficult and I may have to stay up all night to do my homework, but in the end I know someday I'll be out of the school. The things you learn at uni really do prepare you for college. Although there are some staff that I strongly despise, most of the teachers are amazing and the principle is very supporting. There are a number of extracurricular activities and a number of chances for students to make life long friendships. Go Trojans!!!

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2009
I'm a current sophomore ant Uni. I moved here from a whole other county the second semester of freshman year. Although it is a hard school I think most students like myself use it to our advantage. Most students who aren't serious about education might whine and complain about how ignorant the teachers are but the teachers are amazing! We even have an hour every weds and thurs to go to each of our classes and seek individual help if needed. The kids are very motivated and the school spirit is high. I will never forget my days at Uni!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 26, 2009
Outstanding academics and extracurricular activities. Music and theatre programs are terrific. Highest number of National Merit Scholars (50+). So if you want your kid challenged in class, this is the school. Some sports teams that attract brainy kids (tennis, swimming, science bowl) are tops. Lots of dances and other social activities too. Football, basketball and other big time sports do just okay. Girls basketball and volleyball have won a few titles too. Many families move to this part of the District (as we did) to get their kid into Uni. Our eldest graduated with honors from UNI and is off to an elite college.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
Alot of work and a lack of disrespect and arrogance from your teachers is all you will get at uni. If you are a student who is new to the irvine school district like i was, do yourself a favor and don't go..You have been warned by a student who has experienced this first hand

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2009
I love Uni, its a very good school. It pushes the students to strive for the best. The school really does prepare students for college, graduating with APs would totally make you Harvard material. Although the school is great, I do believe that they care more about there reputation then the students well being, for example one of my classmates got a notice stating that if she didn't raise her grades they would send her to creekside (a school considered 'ghetto' in irvine), they don't try to fix the problem they actually attempt to get rid of it. And the lack of the principles involvement sets off the awesomeness of the school as well. I'm a sophomore and all of freshman year i had no clue who the principle was, not because I'm retarded he just wasn't involved!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 10, 2009
The School gets rave reviews cause the students are so good. But the faculty and administration are so geared for success that they seldom praise the students, always demanding more and never encouraging them to just learn for the sake of learning. Instead, the focus is on achieving and getting higher and higher scores.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2009
Uni has so much to offer in a high school. Currently I'm taking many AP classes and am a part of a number of clubs and academic teams. This school has taught so many study skills and I enjoy the exposure to high level material. Sure, there are those teachers who aren't amazing, but there are also many who have had a profound impact on my education. As a junior, I am at the pinnacle of Uni's stressful academic workload. But I still love it because I know it will prepare me for my future.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2009
Even though I only attend first period at this school, I can feel the high expectations placed here. A's are something to be worked hard for and don't come even close to being as easily achieved as in any other school. It might be the strong level of teaching as the final always feels like nothing at the end of each semester.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
As a Uni alumna, I am grateful for all the preparation Uni has offered me. Uni's environment may be competitive, but this competition motivated me to do my best and push myself academically. I couldn't have gotten this far and done so well as an undergraduate with the help of inspiring Uni staff and students.

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 03, 2009
I completely disagree with the person below me. Uni is actually known t be a very diverse school with many races, although i agree that it can be a bit difficult, its for our own good. It helps prepare us for our futures and after a while you get the hang of it. Uni also has a great after school tutoring program. I love attending uni i love the teachers that motivate us to do better and i believe its a very great privilege to be a attending such a great school.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 17, 2009
Uni is a very straight forward school. although its a high-academic school I definitely do not recommended it for anyone outside the county. I just recently moved here and I think its really difficult to keep up with any of the teachers. The rank uni has a is very big joke. The school is very undeserrving and some students and staff can be very judgmental upon race.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
this school thoroughly equips you for college. There are those who complain and rate this school badly for being too tough. Uni simply does not inflate its grades and gives grades students deserve. I am a freshman in college and thanks to Uni i am doing awesome and i handle the work load increasingly well. Those who venture onto the grounds of Uni, get geared for an amazing four years.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 23, 2008
This school is one of the top public schools in nation and best in the state! I am a Senior at University High School and graduating on Janurary 22nd, 2008. It has prepared me well for college and business-wold but sure am happy my time is up soon. My love is Basketball and had to quit because did not have time to play due to a rigorous academic-load. Overall study hard and best of luck to all who come through Uni's gates as students. Best of luck in your studies and future endeavors. Accomplish and live the dream

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November 07, 2008
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October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
they push us WAY too hard here....if you or your child attends this school and doesnt want to go to college, they're considered an outcast.....

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2008
If your primary interest is to receive the best possible education and be extremely well prepared for college...this is the school for you. Athletic programs, while very good, will rarely be the very best as they believe that family comes 1st, school 2nd and athletics 3rd...the way it should be! My son currently attends, taking 4 AP classes and Spanish, while playing football and baseball. He has joined at least one on campus club and thus far is enjoying his experience. This is the perfect school for a well rounded experience with Education being the top school priority. We moved to this part of Irvine specifically for University High School.

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June 01, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating May 23, 2008
This school is only for the high achievers. My son received all A's last year at another school and this year at UHS he is struggling with all C's. They teach at college level, not HS level.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
This school is only good for those who have learned in the Irvine School District. If coming from another one, their is a great diffulculty in class. The teachers move at too fast a rate and students suffer studing day and night.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2008
Best school ever! Undefeated football team. Top physics and math teams. This school has the top teachers, academics, sports, clubs, and social atmosphere.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2007
The teachers - for the most part do a good job. Some do not do their job and receive lots of complaints, yet nothing is done about them. There is a need for more monetary support, however. The arts department suffers greatly, with little to no publicity of the marching band and the performing arts. This is very sad for a school of this caliber, when compared to NorthwoodHighSchool which manages to maintain a decent academic level and balance it with support of the performing arts. Academically, UniHigh is very challenging and competitive. Don't wuss out and be afraid. Take the challenge that this school has to offer. It will benefit you for sure! I am a sophomore in marching band wind ensemble, orchestra, and madrigals. I have enjoyed school so far with the performing arts and look forward to the remaining years here at University High School.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2007
This school is amazing! The academics are wonderful, and the teachers care about the students. The social aspect is awesome too! The school spirit is over the top this year and all of our sports teams, especially football seems to be doing well. Overall, it is a privelage to be able to call myself a Uni Trojan!

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2007
I think that University High is a great school in terms of academics. However, I think it lacks the other parts of a high school. It needs a better music program like the one at Northwood high and a better art program like the one at Irvine High and even a better Athletics program like the one at Woodbridge High. Yes, I know that the Uni tennis Team won many times, but that is just one of the major sports.(I know they have won others.)Also, the teachers and students dont communicate as well to each other as they would do at other high schools. I woould not suggest going here unless you really only need academics and want a lot of compitition.

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May 06, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 28, 2007
As a student in Uni, new to Irvine, I must say, I love it. Starting my freshman year, i fell in love with the school. The students are great, race is NEVER an issue, they try hard and want to succeed. Its 'cool' to do well and be in AP classes. There are a HUGE amount of clubs and after-school activities, and a varied amount of sports. Every school has its mediocre teachers, as does Uni, but there are some outstanding educators such as Mr. Sorey, Mr. Kessler, Mrs. Hughes (now subbing) that have left a maark on all of us lucky enough to have them. I am a sophomore, moving to another state come summer. Uni will be sorely missed, it is like no other, and I am proud to say that i am a trojan. GO UNI! Any student that comes here, will never want to go anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2007
This is an amazing school. Wonderful, experienced staff....supportive administration....top in academics...and a wealth of extracurricular activities. Best of the best from special ed to AP.

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December 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
This is a very academic-based school, but it lacks in just about every other respect.

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August 27, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 31, 2006
Very focused on academics as well as fun. Most teachers are great teachers and there are many extracurricular activites available.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 27, 2006
This high school has excellent academics I'm sure, however the social environment on campus and in classrooms is non-existent. If you are transfering from out of the area and are not familiar with this HS, consider anywhere else for a more typical and well rounded experience.

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January 08, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 04, 2006
Excellent academic programs, miriad of AP courses, supportive and attentive parents. Strong leadership. Excellent college preparation and high rate of acceptance into prestigious colleges and universities.

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January 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2005
Great school as far as education, however very poor faculty besides the new principal who has a strong communication with the students. This is a very fine institution.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2005
Academically superior to other Irvine high schools. Competition high. Lots of new facilities. Good variety of AP classes and electives.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2005
I have attended their summer school and summer athletic camps. This school is highly competitive and has a good atheltic program.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2005
The best public school possible for college preparation. My son worked harder in high school than in his 4 years at ucsd.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
I attended University High School and had an amazing experience. The is a competitive classroom experience, which prepares students well for college. The faculty is great and so are the students. Adam

- submitted by a former student
June 06, 2005
UHS succeeds despite it's lack of funding, parental support, and teacher support because it's students are highly competitive, smart, and dedicated. There are many extracurricular activities available but only highly motivated students succeed because everything, from the award winning Mock Trial team to the choir, is student funded. The teachers at UHS are wonderful, but usually only across the Honors/AP level. Overall, UHS offers many opportunities - it is arguably one of the best public high schools, but it is the students and a few teachers that form its backbone.

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February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2005
My niece went to this school and graduated last year. She got accepted into Berkeley University with full scholarship. This school really gives its students challenges and opportunities they want.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
Our daughter is a student there and she has expressed that she will always take with her the great experiences that University High has given to her. She has grown so much and the help of all the Staff at the school. Thank you so much for everyhting we except the shcool to offer to our daughter. Great job everyone!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2004
My daughter is now a junior at university high school. From her accounts of high school, I gather that it is extremely competitive. It is often the students that push themselves and not the teachers. Of course, there are gems among the teachers. Secondly, the school is in need of monetary support. The arts program is suffering and electives like journalism do not have the needed software for printing. Third, University High School has an endless list of extracurricular activities available. This makes UHS fun and wortwhile to go to.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
It's a very comptetitve school.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants the students to excel. The school has a great amount of competition which helps students excel

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May 21, 2004
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May 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
Uni, the school for the people that achieve, not for those that dream.No joke. After a cakewalk through undergrad and grad school I've learned to appreciate it a little more.As a current educator, I realize that the model school other teachers and administrators dream about is Uni. Pros: 1)Stiff competition 2) Offers true college prep classes. 3) Administrators don't get in the way. 4) You learn not to ever be impressed with anyone after Uni 5) If you are successful in AP/Honors classes at Uni, you are at MD and Ph. D calibor from an elite university. 6) focused environment without noise. 7)good books Cons: 1) Stiff competition (massively hurts gpa). 2) While I was there, the entire admin and teaching staff was white 3) most the non-science AP/Honors teachers gave and tested too much irrelavant material that was used for pure memorization that would never even dream of showing on APtest.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 17, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2003
The teachers at Uni are, in general, fantastic. They are involved and work hard. My son, who is now a college student at the University of California, has stated over and over that Uni did an excellent job preparing him for college. The downside of the campus is the principal, who can be aloof and unresponsive to parents. Better leadership at the top would catapult this campus into the top 10 nationwide.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2003
I think the parent that left a comment before is a little bit ignorant to think that the teachers are appalling and lazy. The staff of University high school is very connected to their students. They spend extra time after school even to ensure the students understand everything. They give full effort to all students regardless of their stature. I think University High school is very well rounded, and that yes a lot of the students are rich, but they are also smart. They are smart because they are challenged by the teacher in a higher educational learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
As a student currently enrolled at University, aka Uni, I must say although I find the students at Uni quite agreeable I am appalled by the current staff and facalty. The teachers at this institution have become lazy in their teaching, knowing full well that the students will take it upon themselves to learn the material. As a matter of fact I believe they've become spoiled by wealthy parents willing to hire tutors and allow the tutors to teach rather than themselves. Not only are they lazy...but in some cases cruel, harsh, and unfeeling. Three traits that no teacher should have. Do not get me wrong there are wonderful people here...such as, Mr. Buettel and Mr. Kessler. I think this school has an undeserved wonderful rep. I think rather than giving credit to the teachers it should go to their pupils who are forced to teach themselves and learn rather than just learn.

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University High School
4771 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA  92612
(949) 936-7600
Last modified University High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
University High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 89 reviews. Top