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Urbana High School

Public | 9-12 | 1051 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 12, 2013

My son attended Urbana High school for his senior year. He hated it!! Didn't do him any favors that's for sure. He had to go to the storefront school to graduate and got A+'s from ever class there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

UHS is your worst choice if you have any. The curriculum is very unbalanced. The school staff and teachers are not very responsive to students and parents concerns. The qualification level of the majority of teachers is questionable to say the least, but this is what you should expect from a unionized school. Champaign public schools like Central and Centennial would be a much better place for your kid. O yes, they have a new stadium at UHS, but that's all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

Students and staff focused on social justice and academic rigor, UHS is a diverse and positive school that prepares its teens for a rapidly changing world by building critical thinking skills alongside standard coursework. The College Board honored Urbana High School with a place on its AP Achievement List because of dozens of AP offerings, diverse classes, and high test results. U.S. News and World report named it a top school in 2009. As a parent of two UHS students, who consistently test in the top 3% in the nation, I cannot imagine a school more suited to educating gifted students in a well rounded manner. Please check out our website for details and visit our school! www.usd116.org/uhs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

Our children attended this school 2005-2010. Within guidance of this review system all that I can say as parent - if you care about your children - avoid this school. There are better choices in area. Do your own research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Excellent cultural mix and acceptance of students of different backgrounds and orientations. Any problems are dealt with quickly and fairly. The administrative staff chooses academics and student welfare as #1 priority. Students and staff are involved in extracurricular activities and sports. In 2010 was rated in the top ten academic High Schools in the Nation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

Our children have attended the schools in Urbana and they were afforded an excellent education. Most of the teachers are outstanding, the course work is challenging and the administration is thoughtful and responsive. In addition, the schools have been maintained in the neighborhoods and the students are able to get to and from school without having to be driven or bussed. The band program is excellent, the arts are good, the Advanced Placement offerings in the high school are impressive. No school system is perfect, but this one is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

My daughter has has outstanding teachers and curriculum at UHS. The AP classes in Calculus, Physics, Economics, English were excellent. She was accepted into some of the top schools in the country as were many of her friends ranging from Columbia, Univ. of IL, Grinnell, Reed, Knox and more. The extracurricular activities are great for and the school recognizes and honors academic excellence. The arts programs are wonderful and the literary magazine and student newspaper are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

I think this is a very good diverse high school, student body and teachers.
—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 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female34%
Male44%
Black15%
Asian80%
Hispanic7%
Multiracial33%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Low income21%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female44%
Male47%
Black23%
Asian73%
Hispanic20%
Multiracial24%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income28%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students43%
Female39%
Male47%
Black16%
Asian80%
Hispanic20%
Multiracial30%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Low income24%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 51%
Black 36% 18%
Hispanic 9% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1002 South Race Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 384-3505

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