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University High School

Public | 9-12 | 389 students

 

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Posted February 20, 2010

This is a fantastic school and my child is thriving here. He is very intelligent and this school motivates and challenges him. He began taking college courses in his sophomore year, and has earned numerous college credits. He works very hard to earn A's and B's, and actually seems to enjoy it, as his instructors are very encouraging. The First Robotics team is the school's best extracurricular activity and offers many educational and teamwork experiences. This school isn't for everyone, but students interested in science and engineering, who are willing to work, will do very well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

My child just finished his freshman year at UHS. The first year was intense with geometry, algebra II, physics, engineering, English, and Spanish. College credit was obtained for engineering. There are some extra curricular activities but they are difficult for the suburban students due to transportation. The sports teams are all in their infancy and are not as good as the larger established schools. This school is for academically motivated students with strong interest in math/science/engineering. Currently there is no science, art, music or other 'fun' electives. Teachers are motivated (they want to be there). The grading is much tougher than suburban schools but the colleges seem to recognize the difference. A really good student can stand out better at UHS than at a suburban school where 20% of students have an A average. College acceptance numbers are extremely high at UHS. UHS scored highes of all Hartford schools on CPAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

uni high is a fun atmosphere that is also based on hard work and future expectations
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2007

Schools has potential but there are a number of major problems. Most students are not able to take college classes- articulation agreement needs to be fully developed and implemented (or stop using this as a selling point). Curriculum could use improvement- you can't use college books just to say you used college level books- focus on the material. Also, Physics should not be the first science students take (does this even match up with the CAPT). This affects grades (only a few seniors have A averages). Keep in mind these kids have to try to get into college. Seems to be a disconnect between the admin and the majority population (urban minority). This is especially problematic in the area of college guidance. They are not in touch with/prepared to serve a majority of their population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

College credit offered to very few (4 students in 2006-2007).Teacher with subject area expertise, but little knowledge of adolescent development. Lack of cooperation bewteen university and school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

this school overall has a good education whether it gives student opportunity's to get collage credit early. and the teachers are great..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Science & Engineering theme with all classes at honors level. New school only going into its fourth year and still working on extracurricular activities. The small classes (100 per grade)and majority of teachers taking ownership in each student more than make up for the missing actives. Unfortunately very few Hartford parents get involved, but there are some core parents from the city and suburbs that are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2007

UHS will be a great school someday, but is struggling with growing pains. Students have few extracurricular choices and little interaction outside the school. The curriculum shows some strengths, but parents should watch as control shifts toward Hartford. If Hartford controls what is taught, quality is sure to suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 89% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
Black68%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male79%
Black71%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Black90%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%

Writing

All Students94%
Female100%
Male90%
Black94%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 40% 13%
White 25% 61%
Hispanic 24% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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Hartford, CT 06103
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