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Victorville, CA
Students enrolled: 1,083
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16925 Forrest Street
Victorville, CA 92395

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(760) 243-5940
(760) 951-2803
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November 05, 2014
I am a senior at U.P & have been here since 7th grade.As a middle schooler you hate the uniforms,the staff,and all the h.w they give you.Honestly,being there 6 years has really helped me academically.Prep has helped me break out of my awkward and shy shell. U.P basically prepares you for college and the future.The staff is so friendly and willing to help you with anything & when the time comes to apply for college they help you step by step . The reason they're so strict on having good grades is because they want you to succeed.Colleges require high gpas and good grades from 9-12th.U.P offers a lot of AP and honors classes which are challenging but benefit you when it comes to college apps. All of the things they require you to do is for your benefit.The school is very diverse,EVERYONE knows each other,and its easy to make friends.I have never seen someone get bullied because of the way they look or dress,the students are very accepting of one another.The reason there is no honor roll recognition is because everyone has a high gpa , so practically everyone is on honor roll . U.P is a great school,no matter what grade level you enter in,or how you look you will fit in just fine .

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2014
I'm a student at University Prep. I absolutely hate it. I would switch schools in a heart beat if i could. All you are

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
University Prep is the best middle school/ high school in the High Desert. They hold their students to a high standard and if they don't make it they are assigned back to the District Middle School they belong to. The Academic Program is rigorous and exacting. As their motto says, "Excellence is expected!" Besides that, the school is a safe haven. Nobody is marginalized or ostracized because of their ideas, opinions, or thoughts. They can be themselves without fear of judgement. It is an ideal school to nurture individuality in the children. I am so happy that my daughter goes to this school - she is thriving and everyday she looks forward to going. I highly recommend this school for those who transfer to the High Desert. The only drawback is acceptance is done by lottery and then the kids are evaluated based on their conduct and discipline track record as well as their grades. Really, really tough school to get into.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
I think that if you are looking for a high quality education that challenges you greatly, you should attend this school. I am a former student of seventh grade and some of eighth grade, and I can say that the teachers really do care about you and the classes are challenging. With all the skills you developed from the hard work of the academic challenges here, you practice those skills even more and you will use all of those skills in the future for college. It may seem that from a student's point of view, the teacjers can be cruel and embarass you in front of the class, but if you would attend an ordinary middle or high school, most teachers are just waiting for their paychecks to arrive. It appears that at this school, teachers are waiting for their students' college acceptance letters to arrive when they are in the twelfth grade at this school. I think the classes and academics here are great. The athletic programs here challenge you just as much as the academics. This is a great school! If you are looking for something challenging that will lead you to success and a bright future, you should come to University Preparatory School.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2013
I have a feeling that students who made a bad comment on this site were people who got kicked out because they were not able to achieve the GPA requirement. Few days ago, I spoke to one of the parents whose kid is still there. She said that half of her kid's class were kicked out because they couldn't handle the rigorous training. My kid just got accepted and 'am looking forward bringing my kid in there everyday! :)

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
The teachers are great, so are most of the administration. But the school has a lot of discrimination, and it s not racial or sexist. The school is run by the popular kids, I know that sounds really stupid, but its true. I attend U.P. since 7th grade, and if your popular you ll get away with a lot, but if you re not good luck. There is also the lack of extracurricular classes. To get into a good college you need to be more than grades, and at U.P. thats all you ll be is grades. There also might not be fights,but kids get bullied verbally and nothing usually gets done about it. The school is great from the outside, but from a students point of view I hated it, being at U.P. sucked, and I am a great student. I loved the teachers and most of the students, but this school gets put last with funding and the staff has to work with basically nothing. U.P. is no better than Victor High or Apple High, its a normal high school, but the kids hide the bad things they do so much better. U.P. is not exempt from sex in the bathrooms, or getting high there either. U.P. has bad kids too, none of them get caught though. So don t send your kid here just because its safer, because it s really not.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2012
I am a senior here at UPHS and I LOVE IT!! I have been attending here since 7th grade and I have enjoyed it a whole lot. The teachers are all great and they alway want to see us succeed, I enjoy the enviorment and just like it over all. I encourage parents to give it a chnace and try to get there children to come here, im sure they will like it as much as I do. yOUR THE BEST YOUT THE BRIGTHEST GO JAGS!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2012
The worst thing about this school is the location...and the fact that the VVUHSD refuses to put any $ into improving the site because they don't have to. The kids at UP are, for the most part, self motivated, bright kids who are planning on attending college after high school. I LOVE the uniforms and fact that rules are enforced. There is no gang banger slackers because that garbage is not tolerated. Two thumbs up for UP students, staff and leadership. I would highly recommend this school as an alternative for those who want their kids to learn in an environment that encourages kids to strive for more than mediocrity.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
The best thing about UP are the teachers. Everything else is mediocre, even the students.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2012
This school is good for "C"s students , but for "A" students is bad because they don't have honor roll. Also, the have just a few electives......My son is an exelente student and I prefered to take him to a more chalinge school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2011
this school is the best ever nice school kids are smart and no crime at all. i am proud to be a student at UP

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2011
thank's to everybody, my two boy's are very proud to be UP students and I'm sure they are protected and dedicates to learning. The Principal is a great person and really smart, she knows the students needs and always she is in action! well, I'm very glad my sons are in UP. thank's again and God Bless Everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
I love this school so much! And all the teachers are amzing and will give you extra help with anything you need. I truly think they care more about the students and go even more above and beyond then teachers at other schools. And the office staff is GREAT! EVeyrone is very friendly and encouraging. Plus we have sports, drama, tons of clubs, cheer, flag team, amazing music programs, and so much more!

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2010
This school is no better than Lakeview.This school just does better at keeping their problems under raps.GO LAKEVIEW=]

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2010
My wife and I are retired educators. Currently, two of our grand-daughters are attending this school. We like the selectivity process which admits students who want to be there; we also like the uniform policy. In general, teachers appear to be above-average. We are especially impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the orchestra instructor and his superb orchestral program and by the exemplary efforts of the English Department. Both of our grand kids are excited about being there and while they complain about the work, they wouldn't have it any other way. Their positive attitude reflects favorably upon the entire school staff and the institutional philosophy. The school now has a sports program and offers other after-school activities. We highly recommend the school to any parents interested in providing their children with an excellent education. Thank you, University Prep and Staff!

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2010
This school is overrated. My daughter was repeatedly bullied by the same student and it was not handled properly. So much for a zero tolerance policy. She transferred to Hook and was behind 3 chapters in the same math book! UP seems to be behind with academics as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I have been a parent at UPS since it opened back in 2005. My son is a senior now, in the 1st graduating class at UPS. I have mixed feelings about his schooling because this senior class has been the guinea pig of the school, being the 1st class of each new grade each year. The school administrators finally realized that the students need more than just academics to get into the best colleges. They need athletics, clubs, and other extracurricular activities. All-in-all, it's been a challenge, as a parent, but I feel the school has come a long way. I'm proud of my son and the job that the staff has done at UPS. Just remember, as with anything new, it's up to parents to be a voice, in their child's school, to make changes, and as always, keep on your kids to do well in school.

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February 12, 2010
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January 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 07, 2010
My son originally wanted to attend Riverside Univerisity but was put in a waiting list so he ended up attending UP. After 5 month I received a letter that he could go and take a test to get into Riverside but by then my son was so happy with UP he said he would not wan to leave. Over all I am very happy with the school and most teachers. As a perent I just love the uniforms!!! Great idea.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2010
I absolutely love this school ! Everything's great, the staff and students are so friendly . Which made it easy for my child to adjust to the new school, But my child is currently having issues with a teacher and unfair punishment .

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
I love the no nonsense attitude about their discipline policies and dress code. My daughter can go to school and focus on her education instead of worrying about the drama that goes along with over crowded regular high schools. I love that you have to meet the standards of UP in order to attend this school. It weeds out all the kids that don't care about why they are at school....For the purpose of an education and to get a great start when college comes around. Thank you University Preparatory!!!

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November 01, 2009
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October 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
University Prepatory School is the best school in academics. It has a great learning environment for the kids. The teachers provide tutoring for the kids that need help. The teacher also encourage the students to try their best in everything that they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2009
I recommend this school to all parents who desire an academic environment that has minimal distractions from learning! This school has done something to improve each year my son has attended. The sports program was necessary and appreciated. This is the first year for seniors. Hurray! Now I would like to see the arts enhanced. My son likes to draw, and by the looks of some students, there are definitely kids that would benefit from a drama department. Reaching all learners will keep the school fresh and effective.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
I personally love this school now we go all the way from grades 7-12!! I am currently a freshman and i love it!!!! not so much the uniforms but i love the teachers and my friends and just everything about it!! I knew that i belonged here!! (: Well, if you want your kid to be at a good school come here and join us Jaguars!!!! Go UPS!!!!

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2009
My daughter is attending this school and pretty happy about it. The school staff is excellent, discipline is good and achievements are really coming with good coordination of a team work of kids and teachers. No better place for motivated kids

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
My school is a pretty good school, with very good teachers who can help at any time still working on the campus, but, otherwise, pretty darn good :)

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
As a parent, I'm grateful that my child has the opportunity to attend a school such as UP.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
My daughter enrolled last year as a 9th grader, and she absolutely hated it because she was not allowed to wear regular clothes and all her friends were at Victor High. I, being a parent, thought uniforms were a fantastic idea because their was less pressure to conform to society's idea of what is and isn't acceptable. As far as school performance, most of these schools in the High Desert are performing below state standards. UP is one of the few schools that has managed to stay focused in this area. They have added a limited number of sports to their curriculum making it more comparable to a regular high school as well as some electives. One suggestion, the principal may have a strong insight on how to run a school, but her perceived inability to relate/sympathize with the student/parent may hinder the institution's progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
I am currently attending University prep and i have benn for the past four years. Yup since it first opened in the 7th grade and i love it alot. I love my uniform too its really easy to choose what i have to wear the next day. My teachers are great funny but, strict at the same time which is good too. I am in wind ensemble and its the best our orchestra is great too! O yea im in tenth grade now and im planning on staying at U.P. till i graduate which is a definite! This school is awesome!

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
I am atending University prep and I love it! Great teachers, principle is nice, people are friendly and so much more. My grade was an F at my old school and know it is a B. They helped me a lot by giving me a tuter. I hope University Prep gets even more intelegent students next year and hopefully this year too. Thank you U.P. for all the help you gave me.

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February 02, 2009
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January 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
This is the school that I was looking for. My son started middle school in Cobalt, and he never had any homework. Now, he is busy enough after school.

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January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
I like the students and the teachers! I especially like the music program. The school has also offered to help my student find a college that fits him best. Thanks U.P.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
i am currently attending this school, but will soon leave. this school was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. the only thing that i thing it lacks, is the variety of sports it holds. university prep needs to hold more sports. i love the fact that u'r grades have to beat least 2.5, so you can be a normal student, at u.p., and participate in sports, because the school's requirement is a minimum of a 2.5 GPA or higher to stay at the school! i would highly recommend for any JH/HS student to have their gaurdian sign them up for the school. i would rate the school a 9.5/10

- submitted by a student
no rating October 30, 2008
This is my 7th graders first year at UP. I'm releived to know that she has the honor to attend a school that will challenge her academically for free. most schools in the High Desert as a whole are below state required academic rate. Why would I want to take a chance with my childs future? Yes, making time for all the homework was extremely difficult at first. But after creating priority & balance, homework is a breeze. Helped that she has a strong elem. background at the Academy. She has enough free time to enjoy her childhood while getting the BEST educaton. All others who are not serious about education or believe that UP is too strict, Thank you for sending your child else where to goof off. By the way, my daughter said that she laughs and has a good time at school all the time. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
I was a former student at this school. And was just an amazing school for me. I loved the school. I had a lot of fun and the teachers were good. The uniforms made my life easier in the morning not having to worry about what to wear. Although there are the positives, i feel that the administration especially the principal was very harsh and not very considerate of students. They don't understand a normal teenage student. And I understand many will say, the child needs to care about his or her grades. But I, here, am a straight A student holding a 4.8 GPA as a sophpomore at anothe high school. And I am determined. but that does not mean a child's teenage years should be taken away. Enjoy it while you can. Life doesnt need to be so serious.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
I have 2 children attending this great school. One is in junior high and one is in high school. I have seen many students come and go from this school. It is my understanding that the majority (not all) who have left U.P. have done so because they did not like the way their child was disciplined. Hence, they had a child who could not follow all the rules and the parent sided with the child. I am glad to see such students go to other schools. This school is for active students whose parents are involved in their education and support the school in it's entire structure. We cannot pick and choose which rules we feel like following. Therefore, we as our childrens first teachers set the attitudes our children will have in following the rules. I love this school and more importantly, my children enjoy attending U.P.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2008
everybody thinks this school is unsafe and stressful but thats really not true. if your kid cant handle the stress being in UP , then that means they cant handle being in junior high , let alone high school. parents should really consider sending their kids to this school.

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July 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 29, 2008
My daughter will be entering 10th grade this year and has started from day 1. I have never experience anything negative, I believe the school is great and she is being challenged and prepared for a university. I am so excited now that they won't be sharing their campus with Victor Jr. That was my only problem last year, the overcrowding. But thankfully that will be over. I am glad my daughter attends this school. It is safe envirment.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
This rating is for the 7th grade only. If you have a student transitioning into a middle school from elementary do not send them to this school. The elementary schools do not work together with the middle schools. It was too much of a shock and extreme of education for some kids. I believe the rate of successful 7th graders is very low for this school. The teachers don't care about that concept either. I had 2 7th graders and they, in one year, had 3 different teachers for history and math. All with different teaching views who had the children start over again in regards to teaching and grading. The children were confused and stressed out. Again, no understanding from facility. Please send your 7th graders to a normal middle school and then move them into UP later. Its best for the child.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
Im a parernt and I absolutly love the school . Ther principal is awsome. She is always been there for my daughter I myself. This is the best school in the High desert. The uniform keep them away from trouble even though there is always some drama going on but nothing serious. The staff is the best.

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April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
i am a student attending u.p.s. and you can't say this school is the worst or the best academicly yes we are pretty good, not the best but students here are ones that work to pass the classes, although forcing your child to go here might not be the best idea, some of the students i know were forced here and they absolutly hate it! but the saftey i do aways feel secure but they do leave the frount gate unlocked and that does consern most people, but then agian there arn't many fights here, yes a few, but not bad ones, or even roits, i feel lucky to attend u.p.s.

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February 24, 2008
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December 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 29, 2007
Since the departure of Jim Christianson and Joan Harvell UPS has taken a downturn. Think twice before placing your child in this school. It is not what it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
This school is about academics to prepare students for college. They are supplying the correct balance for a successful college education, if your student is focus on that aspect of their life. Every student must take responsibility for his or her own academics. Furthermore, career and life development is the parent's responsibility. Parents should emphasis with their students about the purpose of this type of school because it is a school of choice. No one is forced to come there. If your student only want a vocational or no other training beyond high school then this is not the place for them. This school is for the college bound student. If you or your student is not serious about college at this time, they should consider other surrounding schools that provide plenty of extra curricular and vocational training.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
i am a student at u.p. and i can tell you first hand that if your kid isnt planning on going to some huge university this school is definatly not for them. as far as safety goes, i would like to know why so many kids feel safe when they leave the front gate unlocked at all times for anyone just to walk on campus, especially in the area its in. as far as academics sure its ok (eventhough most of the teachers are only 1st or 2nd yr) but school isnt just supposed to be academics, youre supposed to learn how it's gonna be after schools all over, what life is really like. they should be prepaing us for that. not sheltering us from everything. so think twice before enrolling your kid here. its not its all cracked up to be.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 15, 2007
I think the school is great during school hours but if you would really like an inside on our students ask the bus drivers, they will tell you what the ups kids are really like

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2007
I am a student at University Prep., and I love it! The classes are rigorous, and the uniform code is strict, but the atmosphere is the best! The kids are focused and time is rarely wasted. It's nice to feel safe on campus even though the surrounding area is not the best. I'm in seventh grade here and I'm really glad my parents chose this school for me!

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2007
Quality of academic programs is great, but sports needed. Academics are a few years beyond current grade level but for those who need a challenge this is it. Parent involvement lacks unless you are part of the 'Click'. Better run under Mr. C last year 2005/2006. Lack of efficient student counciling. Would like to see teachers with a few years under their belts. Staff needs to follow their policy of respect and responsibility, stop making excuses. Location and student pickup/dropoff is dangerous. My child loves it, my decision is still ?

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
The academic programs are very rigid but they will ensure students will not be a failure later on in life. The atmosphere is one focused on learning and not one focused on 'who threw that spit wad'. I give UPS a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10!

- submitted by a teacher
March 02, 2007
overall, UPS is a great school. The only thing that is missing from their classes is fun electives. LIke home ed. photography, drama, and sports.

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November 28, 2006
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June 15, 2006
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June 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
I believe UPS is an awsome school. The staff is doing their best to establish a strong foundation for a great place for our children to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
Hi I'm not a parent but I'm a student from this school. I think this school is awsome. This school has its disaplen but we still have lots of fun. Hope you put your kids here.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2006
This school seems to be a very good school. They strive for excellence. Uniforms, what a great idea! This will take the focus off the fashion styles and take it straight to academics. The school has great technology and wonderful teachers. My only and main concern is the school site. They are on Victor Jr's campus and I do not really like that campus, but the school is renovating and making it look much nicer.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2005
This is A Great School. Although We Wear Strict Uniforms, That I really don't like, I know Iwill Get the Best Education. This School Is Great, I get Educated in English,Mathmatics,History,Physical Education,Science,Spanish,A Music Class and an Elective That isn't just fun but,Eduicating too. The Teachers Are Great too. You Should Get your Child on the list before it's too late!

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2005
Brand new school this year. My daughter just started in the 8th grade here. I really like the premise of this school and it's focus. Not many extracurricular activities obviously because the school is new and shares the campus with Victor Jr. High right now. I'm impressed with the Principal and staff's involvement and enthusiasm and the teachers genuinely seem to care, which is a rarity these days. Will update after this year.

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University Preparatory School
16925 Forrest Street, Victorville, CA  92395
(760) 243-5940
Last modified University Preparatory School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
University Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top