As a student at this school currently, I would only recommend it if your student is ready for an academic challenge. Junior year is incredibly difficult and nearly impossible to stay on top of everything while being involved without being incredibly stressed. Senior year is less intimidating but there is a lot riding on a single paper that determines whether or not you graduate. The math program does NOT prepare you for college at all. The teachers that have been hired in the past two years are frustrating and I didn't learn or retain anything from the classes. The music and arts programs are great. The small class size is nice but can get boring and tensions have definitely formed especially during the senior year when you are hardly even at the school.
As a student at UCPS I recommend this school it is a great school and the teachers help students with their work. There is no bulling at this school and I think it does get you ready for the real world and college. It is a challenge but it has great learning systems!
This school is very challenging, but my kids thrive becuase of the small class size. My children came from a very low performing district school and both of them have had to learn the basics of grammer and math. Union Colony has been able to do this. Yes my kids spend alot of time doing homework, but their friends at other schools are out getting in trouble because they hardly have anything to do. I don't get along with all the teachers but I don't expect too. I do wish they had more shool clubs. When it comes right down to it I would not send my kids anywhere else. This school is doing what they are supposed to do, educating kids, not entertaining them. If they don't work they flunk or their parents move them out. At this school kids need parent support (no vacations or ski trips when homework is due) If education does not come first then don't go to this school.
As a current student at UCPS, I must advise prospective parents and students to think carefully before going here. The school is extremely crowded for the size of it, bullying is common, the pacing is very fast, the math program is terrible, and the workload is borderline rediculous (particularly junior and senior year of high school here). Due to the number of students, this school can take on a very "cliquey" atmosphere to it. Despite the schools best efforts, there have been a number of bullying incidents that have grown out of control, resulting once in having to leave the school for psychological reasons (Eventually I returned after having problems with staff at another school, thinking that things would have improved. They did not.). That in conjunction with the workload and trying to keep up with the very fast pace can prove very stressful. Then there is the math program. It does not teach math in a rigid, step by step, traditional method. It uses group activity, vague formulas, the student must first try to figure the problems out in the homework before being taught how to solve them, and often avoids the traditional methods in which to solve common mathematical problems.
This School deserves 6 Stars! Led by a professional, challenging staff and being in smaller classes, the kids thrive. With the smaller class sizes, bullying does not exist. Parents are involved because there is no bus service provided and volunteering is expected. Students have bought into using proactive behavior because of the "Habits of mind" promoted at UCPS. Results for 2010-11: ONLY dist. 6 school to attend Regional and State Science Fair(1 State Champ,1-3rd place,1 water award) and started a student run recycyling/composting program. Undefeated Conference Volleyball Champs. Many music and arts awards and student choices. Clear-cut, consistant rules for absence/make-up work enhances learning growth. As 1 new 7th grader mentioned about the difference of attending UCPS over the former school--" there are great opportunities everywhere I turn,here"
The pricipal at this school provides a veiled threat to parents and students who choose to OPT OUT of CSAP testing which is legal in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 22-1-123-(5) (a). The Supreme Court also upholds the rights of parents to guide their children's education protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE CSAP TESTING...IT'S YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE!
I came to this school as a struggling seventh grader. I was absolutely determined to do well at this school. And with the help of the fantastic staff, accepting social climate, and challenging academics, I am confidently on my feet and being prepped for college brilliantly. I am so grateful for this school, and heartily encourage anyone who wants to succeed to come here.
If you want your child to leave school prepared to be successful in college, then this is the place to be. This school holds students to high standards in both academics and behavior. If you are a parent who refuses to hold your child accountable, and constantly tries to excuse your child's poor choices, then you probably want to look somewhere else.
i am currently at UCPS, and it is fantastic! people who say the school is terrible, are only saying that because their children were probably the huligans. the teachers care about the students, only if the students care about learning and getting a good education. so i would definetly recommend Union Colony.
I regret sending my daughter to school here. we had several issues with the school,when I decided to pull her out only two teachers were nice to her and myself when we had to go room to room for teacher signatures. the principle himself stood at the front office to sign off and not once did he say 'sorry it did not work out' or 'can I know why you are leaving'. He just did not care. he just stood there looked at me, signed the paper turned to his office and left. I find it disturbing that when you are considering to enroll everyone is soooooo nice, but when you exit you treated like they are so much better then you. I would never recommend this school to anyone.
I came into this school in my senior year of high school. Coming from CA I was not accepted into any of the cliques, and as a hispanic was often the recipient of racial outbursts. I, honestly, hated my time there and took refuge at Aims, which I am grateful we were required to attend simultaneously.
As a former student at UCPS from 2000-2003, I experienced all that the school had to offer first-hand. Here are a few of my observations, catagorized by their relevance to the student: Pros: 1. Great student-to-teacher ratio. This helped me to receive adequate help on assignments in almost all cases. 2. Well-educated staff. Several of the teachers that were on staff while I attended UCPS had previous teaching experience at the collegiate level, and were for the most part fairly well-versed in their respective fields. Cons: 1. Small student body. From my perspective, the 'everybody knows everybody' attitude led to an accelerated form of teen angst, and formed several 'cliques', making legitimate social skills difficult to learn. 2. Very few organized sports. Physical activity is hardly encouraged at UCPS, and that's a shame. Overall, a good school for those seeking post-secondary education. Rated at 4 out of 5 stars.
I went to UCPS for five year and my senior year of high school I was required to take Aims classes. I graduated from UCPS with a diploma and I was ready for my sophomore year of college. It was a great school and its fundamentals taught me well. The school isn't crowded. The class size was very small and it was easier not only for teachers to interact with students but for the students to interact with their classmates. I knew almost everyone in the school.
My son has attended this school since 8th grade. he will be in 11th this year. I believe he has received an excellent education. Now serving grades 6-12.
The quality of the academic programs at Union Colony Preparatory School is outstanding! This is a teacher-run school and is a shining example of what can be accomplished with a 'normal' group of students when we let teachers teach. My children have not only progressed academically, but the small school atmosphere creates a wonderfully, healthy environment for them to grow as individuals and try different activities such as drama, art, music, and clubs. Parents who want there children to be seen and heard by well-qualified teachers will be thrilled that Greeley has wonderful option in education.
Both of my daughters attend UCPS. It is a small high school where the students are the top priority. The principal and teachers are dedicated professionals encouraging each student to perform to their highest abilities. The teachers work one-on-one to help my daughter with her math problems. The additional help has produced a B average in math. Thank you for all your help UCPS teachers. UCPS is a great atmosphere for students to learn, apply the knowledge, and help students to become productive adults in society.
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