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University High School

Public | 9-12 | 2783 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted May 29, 2014

University High school has been amazing. My high schooler loves his teachers and we feel he is very safe there. If you're kid is good and not a trouble maker you will love this school. The principal doesn't play so if your kid is a bad apple you would give the school a bad review rather than address your parenting issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

Awesome school. Very happy! Great variety of courses and clubs. The teachers seem fun and enthusiastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

It's a complete joke. Very unorganized. Students are never involved like how a high school should be. Not only students are disrespect, but also staff. If you want to more about the school it is constantly on the news for something. I would never send another child here again. Rules are not enforced at all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

There are a couple issues that could use some improvement. First, having all of the students in one lunch period is awful. The cafeteria doesn't have enough seating and my child ends up eating a lunch that they brought from home outside on the ground like an animal. The other issue is the Spanish teacher. She neglects to grade the kids' assignments and thus my child is always showing an F in her class. She rambles on for the entire class period and will spring an assignment on them in the last 3 minutes of class, expecting them to copy down 26 sentences in 3 minutes. She doesn't cover the material that she tests them on, and instead spends the classroom time telling stories and goofing off. She will give an assignment and not hand out a rubric or tell the kids what she wants. Then she will turn around and give them an F because they didn't follow the guidelines....the ones she never gave them. My child has a 4.0 GPA and wanted to take 4 years of Spanish. Now that they have spent 1/2 of a year with this teacher, they are going to take other electives next year. She's probably a nice person, but not every nice person has the skills to be a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

I love that the school keeps me informed by calling our house and leaving messages. I know when my sons report cards or progress reports come out. I also like that they let us know about any events that are happening at the school. There are plenty of sports for my son to try out for and get a change to participate in. I read another review saying they like the one lunch but I feel 2500 plus students eating at one time is too crowded. Or at least that's what my son says. I love that they have a website so I can contact the teachers and see their weekly plans, and I love pinnacle so I can check my sons progress on a daily basis if I wanted to. So far a great experience over the past 3 years he has been going to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

Great school. The one lunch period is wonderful for students being able to meet with teachers and go to clubs. The one thing that I would change would be to hire more teachers for many classes including important electives such as art and music. The large class sizes make it difficult to give individual attention and instruction.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2012

Growing pains during the first year hopefully weeded out any issues. This 2nd year is proving to be better than last years opening. Many students have received scholarships. There are so many things available to my child that we didn't have when I attended high school. All of the academies and other programs offer gold seal scholarships when they complete the programs. You can learn guitar, how to work and cook in culinary fields, learn finance classes so students know how to invest and budget, and stem programs. They even opened a working bank in the school that my son opened an account. I love the school and the teachers and staff have been great to me. There are many opportunities for students if they just take advantage of them. I just wish we had our own stadium with lighting to bring further spirit to the school. Of course with any school there are some bad teachers (didn't we go through that in high school too?) but overall I have been extremely happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

Since this is a new school there were some growing pains to get everything up and running at the first of the year. However, I have been very impressed with the leadership and staff at the school. My son is in Honors classes and has some special needs and I can easily contact the teachers with issues and they have been very responsive. I have heard of minimal problems with bad behavior or criminal issues and it is a very safe school. I am impressed with the first year of operation and would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

743 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

672 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

643 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

635 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

360 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
24%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

567 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
76%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

593 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
59%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

529 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 59%
Hispanic 27%
Black 8%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 29%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%56%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Orange City, FL 32763
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