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University High School

Public | 9-12 | 624 students

 

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Posted July 10, 2008

University High School is a great school. For me it was between University High School and Normal Community. Looking back I don't regret my decision at all. We have incredible opportunities here that almost no other school in the state or country has. Yes its true some of the teacher are less then fun but all of them are extremely knowledgeble in their field. Most are fun though and that helps. Extracurriculars are fun and unmatched for a school our size except at some schools where they only recruit athletes. Seems to me the two star rating must be from somebody whose kid didn't get in or could not make it here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

University High School is a great environment for students. I love it there, along with my brother. You should really consider University High School. The teachers are fabulous, along with the other students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2006

This school is a Illinois State University Lab School. There are so many clinical students from ISU teaching and observing there, it's a miracle if anything is taught and learned well at all. There are many extracurriculars available, and the technology is fantastic, which is easy to do when a state university provides you with all the funds you need. Don't be fooled by the glossy picture that is initially painted of this school. The quality of teaching is poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

My daughter has been at University High School for one year and absolutely loves it. She is a shy, reserved person and this school has brought out the best in her. The teacher/student ratio is very good and allows the teachers to get to know each student. The teachers have all been very easy to talk to and willing to get to know the parents, too. The band program is excellent and has offered my daughter a wonderful group of friends. UHS works hard to get each student to be involved in something that interests them. They have a wide selection of clubs to help the kids find their niche. The teaching at UHS is excellent! The teachers offer unique ways of teaching that keep the students engaged and interested. This school has been the saving grace for my daughter and our family. It is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

I was a student at U-High (University High School) I attended grades 9-11. Unfortuanately I did not graduate from U-High because my family moved right before my senior year. After attending a different school my senior year I realized how amazing U-High was. It is the best school I've ever been to. The teachers truly cared about us as students, and we were more like a family than classmates. U-High is great! There is something for everyone and there's no such thing as an outsider, I promise you your child will fit in somewhere and it will be constructive, positive, and productive. To this day I wish I could have graduated with my classmates at U-High, but having to go somewhere else my senior year made me appreciate my three years at U-High so much. From the education to the extra curricular activities it's almost perfect.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 51%
Black 12% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 5% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jeffrey W Hill

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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Isu Campus Box 7100
Normal, IL 61790
Phone: (309) 438-8346

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