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2450 Cougar Way
Orlando, FL 32817

(407) 482-8700
(407) 737-1455
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September 01, 2013
University High School is an all-around great school. University High School has an International Baccalaureate program and a Global Technologies (GT) magnet program, which was formerly known as Global Information and Future Technologies (GIFT). The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.The Performing Arts group have brought many of Disneys plays to their stage. The UHS PTSA is always involved in pep-rallies, sporting events and volunteering opportunities. As long as I could remember, UHS has been able to put together great basketball teams both male and female. Football, many DIVISION 1 players have come from UHS. Currently the football team are District Champions and play in the 8A division. UHS' baseball team has also fielded many D1 athletes. UHS has many programs such as Marine ROTC, SADD, KEY CLUB, FFA and many other great clubs/organizations. The University Marching Band has a long history of quality performances. The marching band has received the highest rating at the FBA Marching MPA twenty-two of the school's twenty-three years. The band also participated in the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago, IL. There are so many opportunities at UHS.

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August 15, 2013
UHS is a wonderful school with an amazing faculty and staff. Students get just the right amount of freedom and discipline. I would not change a single thing about this school.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2012
I am just a teenager worried about my new school. This is going to be my 3rd High School if I move with my mom, brother, and mom's boyfriend. I am living in MD right now but I don't know the area around this school but my mom's boyfriend does cause he lived in Florida before for 8 years!

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2012
yes i like the school for me please. school good! teacher good ! everything good! i like!!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 24, 2011
This is our first year at University. We're only there because my child is in the IB Program. We LOVE this program, the ciriculum is challenging, the Latin Teacher ROCKS! The only negative is that when you have to take an elective class you have to sit with the general population of kids who don't care, sleep, text, and talk durring class. The Principal is GREAT! I think he is an excellent communicator and considering what he has to work with, has a great outlook for his kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
I just transferred my child into this HS and from it's rating here and being a B school I thought it would be at least better than the C school he was at. It has been less than 3 weeks and the violence, lack of supervision and teaching in the class room has me in disbelief. I think it's really sad when your child complains that the teacher's don't communicate with the class or give them any class work to do. I attempted speaking with a staff member and he was extremely rude and really didn't care about resolving the issue I called about, the other person I left a message for never even bothered to call back.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
This school is good if you have an IB Student. Even with that said the stealing is out of control. My childs stuff was stolen out of the locker room along with numerous other children, and another child of mine had her stereo stolen out of her car. Ever year it seems to get a little worse, The Admin seem to ignore the problem at least in 2009.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Grerat programs for the Students.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2009
University high school is a great school overall. Education is great , but the enviroment as a whole is not as good as it seems. There is great violence among students in this school. It is not shown but for a Student as my self it is visible.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2009
University High School is a neighborhood high school. This school is ranked amoung the hightest schools for offering AP courses. Our children have excelled with academics while particpatiing in the IB Magnet program. They have become well rounded individuals while serving the community through many of the UHS service projects. The teachers are supportive of all students while building personal relationships with families.

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no rating September 16, 2009
Clean, teachers are great, and the ROTC is the best in the State.

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September 16, 2009
University High School has the best special education program around. I have to high school special needs sons and they have done so well at University.

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August 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
This is a great school. Great teachers who care about their kids, and great administrators. I have been very pleased with my child's journey through high school at this school. I wasn't surprised at all to hear that this school earned a B again after falling behind the past few years. Which is a better grade compared to the two schools closest to University (Timber Creek HS, and Colonial HS) who both earned C's.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
The IB program and all of the performing arts programs at University High School are superb. Great teachers who care about the students! The kids can get a great education here.

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February 18, 2009
I have been going to this school for two years now. I like the diversity and my teachers, i have only had 1 bad teacher so far. Teachers are really passionate about teaching. However, the main campus (10-12) gets dirtier,older,and uglier every minute. They should do some painting and remodeling. Note: If you are planning on attending UHS, make sure you take pre-ap courses because if you take normal courses you will be stuck with students that don't do anything and you will most likely just sit there the entire year.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2008
I attended University High School from 2001-2004. I was in the 04 graduating class. Despite when I went to school, with alot of bad students and horrible administrators, I had a great time in school. I was part of the choir with the best choir director ever. The Performing Arts department definitely kept me going. They are motivating and encouraging to help you be all that you can. I graduated with honors and attended the University of South Florida. I'm now in college up in Michigan. If I had to do it all over again I would not pick any other school to go to. ~Stephanie Trautschold

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2008
my dauther is one of the student at the school and she been doing well and the teacher are alwayshelping her to do the best of her ,im proud of my dauther school and profesors

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July 25, 2008
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May 29, 2008
I have a student in GT program I find that the students are motivated and they have every opportunity for them to make the choice to excel. Teachers tutor and give of their time more than freely. English Teacher in this program is EXCELLENT! This teacher goes above and beyond getting the students ready for the real world. The administrative staff keeps you up-to-date. The staff answers emails promptly and think they are doing a great job!

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no rating March 25, 2008
My son really likes this school he is in the 9th grade this year. I like that they freshmen have their own campus to give them the opportunity to adjust to the high school environment before mixing them with the older kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
I truly appriciate all of the teachers, administrators, and students that are involved in making University High School 'a place of higher learning'. I'm currently a cheerleader at Univeristy and I'am proud to say that I attened UHS and that I wouldn't like to go to any other school. Thanks to everyone for making it such an amazing school. This year is going to be absolutely amazing, and personally, I can't wait!!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 27, 2007
This school has an acceptable International Baccalaureate program under a great leadership with some excellent and dedicated teachers. Latin is one of the two foreign languages in the IB program offered; it gives a special dimension to the program reminiscent of private schools. However, we can notice recently an apparent decrease in interest to promote the elite. The concept of law and order seems to be the main if not the only credo of the new principal. As a parent I deplore this new tendency. Administrators in a school should still consider themselves as educators and not wardens. By transferring the previous principal last July to a new school, UHS lost a great educator.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2007
i love uhs they have so many extraxurrlicular activites and IB AP and GT magnets, they are the best school ever and are much better than there rival school Timbercreek!!!! GO Cougars!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
great school, with good teachers and magnet programs.

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August 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 16, 2007
I believe that UHS is the right school for my son. If you have a child who is bright - there are the magnet programs and the AP track is top notch! But the real credit goes to the Arts departments. The children involved in Band, Chorus, & Drama are the coolest kids in the school and they are so busy fulfilling their potential in their passions that their grades stay up and they are competitive for scholarships and entrance to universities around the country. The kids overall at UHS are well rounded individuals and are being prepared to meet the next set of challenges after high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
Excellent programs for a diverse student body. Expectations are high for all students. Faculty is talented and able to teach at all levels. IB, AP, and Avid offered.

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July 09, 2007
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January 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
I was one of the first people to attend this school and it really changed me. This school was awesome and made me become the person I am today. Thank you to all my teachers, most of all to MGR G and MSGT Lewis

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June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 04, 2006
If it was not for the IB program at University High School, we might have looked for a private school opportunity in Orlando. However, the IB program is rigorous and has some wonderful faculty, such as Phil Rohleder in Latin. Principal Christiansen seems to be bringing back the discipline, respect for teachers and order that had been lacking, and as one walks on campus there is a greater sense of general safety.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
The quality of the curriculum at this school is fair. The students have recently been very free to roam the halls without any administrative supervision. Teachers are charged with supervising the hallways, but somethimes this seems pointless as the administration deos very little to back up the teachers. My child feels realtively safe there, but must stay with her own friends and is enrolled in all honors courses. There seems to be a huge push for AP enrollement that forces less motivated students into the program. There is very little guidance for college from the counselors.

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April 12, 2006
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November 05, 2005
University is a farely well school but it has it's flaws. The fact scores are not as well as other schools in their district, for example Timber Creek.

- submitted by a student
July 29, 2005
My two children received an excellent education at University. I was most impressed with the Law and Order Academy organized by Tom Beard. Students in Law and Order are accountable for their grades to participate in special activities, and they got the chance to participate in Moot Court Competitions. Mr. Beard worked hard with the students to coach them in learning the fine points of the legal system. They also both enjoyed participating in Band, as well as Athletics (football, cheerleading, water polo). Parent participation is terrific in both sports and academic activities; PTSA is supportive of teachers.

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July 16, 2005
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June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 21, 2005
I serve on the SAC committee and am mostimpressed with the changes implemented by David Christiansen, principal. He and his team of administrators and instructors are University H.S. take seriously their role in educating ALL our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
The IB program isnt up to everything it should be. The teachers try, but some of them arent even trained at the time they have begun teaching.

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February 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 19, 2004
The Principal tries very hard, but is not doing an effective job at keeping the brighter students from the influence of the rather obscene students. The school's FFA program is very well put together, and has an excellent leader. While my child may be intimidated by the schools diverse ethnic background, it is good preparation for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2004
I am currently a student at University High School. The principal isn't very good, he doesnt allow the students enough freedom. The only thing he cares about is the IB program, which is okay with me because I am in IB. The IB program is excellent, the coordinator is the best lady ever.

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2004
My daughter graduated from University High School in 2004 and was in the IB program. She had wonderful teachers and a caring staff. She scored well, (far above passing) on all of her IB and AP exams. She has enjoyed the diverse population and the opportunity to be involved with people from many different backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2004
I'm not a parent, but a recent graduate. The 2004/2005 year is going to be a lot different than past years--UHS is going to the 6-period-schedule like other schools, increasing thier IB/AP program, getting rid of their honors program (you may take regular classes, or AP classes), splitting the 9th graders from the rest of the school. (UHS is actually two campuses, one of which used to be a Middle School. They are divided by a private 'road'). Parking passes are sort of expensive-- they were 50$ when I left, but I hear they're getting worse. The counselors: sometimes you get good ones, but most people don't. Lot of culture though- the school is almost half-and-half hispanic/white, with a good mix of asians and blacks.

- submitted by a former student
March 25, 2004
I think this is a good school except there is not enough discipline. I attend University High School last year and I enjoyed it very much. There is all kinds of people at that school with all types of diffrent cultures. I would really want to go back one day but for now I'm going to stay in Texas. Thank You.

- submitted by a former student
January 30, 2004
All I hear from my child is how the new principal won't let the students use the bathroom between classes or one of her teachers refuses to give before or after school help with work. But I can say that the chours teacher she has this year is great. He is the best. She enjoyed the French teacher she had also. The school does 4 classes a day, same classes for half the year then 4 more the other half. The school is talking about putting in 6 classes a day and that is going to be hard for the kids that are not use to it. They need to keep it like it is!

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October 08, 2003
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University High School
2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, FL  32817
(407) 482-8700
Last modified University High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
University High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top