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.
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.
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.
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.
This is an awesome school and i really love it, the teachers are awesome and it is very competitive, just as i like it
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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