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6949 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA 92122

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(858) 457-3040
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December 01, 2014
Our son is a freshman and we were very excited for him to get attend UC High. There are some great teachers and it seems to be a good school. We have had a rocky start however. Our son had no teacher for the first 6 weeks of Spanish. the Principal, Jeff Olivero, gave us a lengthy explanation of district bureaucracy and union challenges at back to school night which just made the situation worse. The JV Soccer coach was brought in at the last minute, is clearly not very experienced with soccer and is not a child educator.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
My daughter is a junior during the 2013/2014 year. We have been very pleased with the challenges presented by the AP and honor classes, and the growth in the music program, and the tremendous experiences available in sports for both girls and boys. Parents are incredibly involved in both the music and athletic scenes, and we plan to send our youngest daughter here as well.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
We just transferred to the SDUSD and weren't sure what to expect. My child did well in middle school and is doing well as a freshman. My child is adv classes and the Biomed pgm, but still wishes the classes faster paced.My child does wish that some teachers would actually teach and not rely on handouts. I like the fact that football doesn't over shadow campus life or other sports. I like the fact the school has a diverse student body. So far we like the school, but we have 3 more years.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2012
UC High was and still after more than 20 years a great school. If this is real and I am very sure, this is a result of real public investment in education. We must focus on these facts. 20 years ago UC High was a great school, and now still a great school. Whatever people say it will not change my idea of good public investment in education, dedication and commitment of the people who work to keep this great school.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2012
The teachers look just nice but they are not very supportive and caring. I was very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2011
I am grateful for the education that l received at UC, it really helped to make into a successful adult.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2010
My daughter transitioned into this school the latter part of last year. She has found the school culturally challenged. To say it clearer, diversity is not embraced by the staff or the students. For this reason, my child who is in the GATE/SEMINAR program at UCHS does not feel her experience is the best. As a parent, I can say that I agree with her because my experience has been quite questionable. If you are minority seeking a great school for your son or daughter, you might want to think twice before you enroll your child at this school. FYI, the best teacher ranks okay and the worst is clearly one who does not offer encouragement to the student. In summary, we as her parents have come to realize that this is not the best place for our child to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2010
My son is in 10th grade. For the first time in many years he is experiencing success as he deals with issues of being a Seminar student lacking motivation to succeed. He had the chance to switch schools early last year but decided that this school was providing for him with what he needed to succeed. I agree! Teachers understand his needs and work to support him, not to demean him. They work with his strengths not against them. My son thrives because of their support.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
My child attended this school for her freshmen and sophmore year. It was a good social environment but the teachers were not involved enough and the students all came from drug backrounds. It wasnt a good place to put my child in.

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January 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
My son is in seminar. He chose this school. The teachers are wonderful and the staffs are very helpful. This school has a wide variety of people and he likes the diversity. He's also enjoying his sports program. I'm very happy with his decision.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Great Teachers, great Principle, great location, and most of all, great students!

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2009
This is my kids first year attending this school as a junior. My kid loves the classes and teachers. It is refreshing to see teachers that are passionate about there subjects. My kid has made friends with kids that are black, Asian, Hispanic and white. I feel that the diversity of the school reflects our society. I feel that schools should reflect the society, not the neighborhood, because that is what we will educate them for, the real world and it is not all middle class & white.

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December 27, 2008
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June 15, 2008
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December 16, 2007
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December 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2007
I love this school my son is attending and he says its wonderful it just needs a little more extra eativitie and its almost perfect.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2007
My little Elizabeth is in her second year here and i am glad i got her in to this school because of the core classes she is signing up for the cheer team this year and she loves it. I think they should have a bigger variety of fun classes because they need stuff like that to make school fun. I have seen the campus and i think they need new grass for the fields but that can be taken care of.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2007
UC is located in a good middle to upper middle class neighborhood but has a surprising amount of crimes commited on campus. My child often feels unsafe at UC. This school offers a great AP program and has one of the best track and field teams in the county, however the athletic field is in the worst condition of any of the 15 campuses I've visited. The school needs a new track field, pole vault pit, fields re-sodded and lighting installed for night football games.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
I enjoyed the rigorous academics, but was disappointed to not have to opportunity to be in choir. There is no choir, and little few band, music, and drama activity. Emphasis put on AP and honors classes rather than extra curriculars and lower level classes. definitely not a well rounded education.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
I have had a student at this school for the last 7 years. The quality of the academic and extracurricular programs at UC have suffered because of a failed district discipline policy that allows students to commit criminal offenses up to three times before that student can be suspended more than five days or recommended for expulsion. How long are parents going to be content with standards that deal in shades of mediocrity? When discipline returns to the campus, education can start. Until then, all of the well intentioned efforts of the administration and staff amount to little more than a district-wide experiment in babysitting. Don't misunderstand: The teachers are making a valiant effort, but they should not have to babysit and teach.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
Overall UC is a great school. However, like all good things, there is a bad. As a student I have encountered both good and poor teachers. The Principle is one of the greatest I've met. He interacts with students and does his job very well. He is even considered 'cool' by many students. Basically, like all schools, if the student is willing to learn, the classes are wonderful. UC is fun for the students as well as being a great learning facility.

- submitted by a student
April 25, 2006
My son is a 9th grader at UC. He informs me that the often the classes are unruly and it makes it difficult to hear/learn. He has also had a few problems with theft. On the other hand the teachers and counselors have been responsive to requests and are good at communication.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2006
I'm rating these based on a student in the lower track. Scores are higher for my children on the more advanced track. Teachers were not in place until the end of October/beginning of November. Many of the teachers were new and lacked experience. Shouldn't struggling students have the most experienced teachers?

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My daughter is a senior this year and has enjoyed her high school years in terms of the academics. She had a lot of choices with AP classes. Most of the teachers are very supportive and set good role models. There is an active educational foundation in which the parents and community are involved with the school. The athletics leave a lot to be desired in the way of integrity of the selection process.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
It is an ok school. The teacher/student ratio is not bad. Students are not split or showing up in groups. The sport utilities are pretty good as well. The quality of the provided academic programs is mediacer though.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I was very disappointed in UC. I pulled my daughter out in 12/04 in the middle of her sophomore year. No discipline, dress codes not enforced, inappropriate music at lunchtime, too liberal.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 17, 2005
Offer good advanced courses. Have a majority of very good teachers. Counciling staff not very helpful. Have to give up a class period for extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 31, 2005
I have 2 attending UCHS (12th & 11th) unfortunately our experience hasn't been so great. Academically UC is good, teachers are fine but the administration needs work. My 11th grader doesn't feel safe on campus - too many fights. Administration continues to deny any racism...walk the campus during lunch, you'll see nothing but segregation! I'm pulling my 11th grader from UC.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2004
Both my chilren currently attend this school. My 12 grader has had a nice experience at the school. Good teachers. Not great, but over-all we have been happy. She's a high achiever and seem to breezer through with out much help needed. I think the principle is very good. Just can't do it all. My 9th grader does not feel safe at the school. 7 fights in the past month. Race relations seem to be very tense. We are putting her in private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2004
UC is an awesome high school to attend. The teachers are always willing to go the extra mile to help out in anyway they can (Mr. Brown held special AP review sessions everyday after school in the weeks prior to AP testing to make sure we had every chance to succeed) and the schools overall aura is friendly and encouraging. There are a wide range of exta-cirricular activities available including a gay/straight alliance to help confused youths, and to educate ignorant youths. From my first day as a freshman to my senior prom and graduation, my experience at UCHS was all that I could have ever hoped for... and more! (By the way I got a 1360 on my SAT's with only the help of my wonderful instructors.)

- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2003
UC is a small school with a diverse student population, great teachers, and excellent leadership. They offer a large number of AP classes and allow a wide range of students to participate, not just the 'gifted' kids. Great AVID program, fantastic cross country coach, a high level of parental involvement - my son had a great experience at this school. That he didn't study more, run faster, or score better on his AP tests was not the school's fault - they offered him a great teenage experience while preparing him for college - where he's also having a great time. From Advanced Bio freshman year to Ceramics senior year, he enjoyed attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
College prep is below standard, the academic advisors need a solid program for there students to guide them for future colleges and university,to fit the individual needs of each student that takes alot of work and excellent interest. Sat test scores are low, My daughter took the Princeton reveiew to help..her score was 1370..

- submitted by a parent
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University City High School
6949 Genesee Avenue, San Diego, CA  92122
(858) 457-3040
Last modified University City High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
University City High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top