As a student I feel that this school has been over exaggerated by angry parents who don't know what they are talking about. Diversity may come as a problem to some student, but if you feel that it is a problem you are just racist. Only nerds would complain to their parents about diversity problems. I just go with the flow when I am in my classes and encounter no problems what so ever. The staff is absolutely great and the amplitude of classes available to take is sometimes overwhelming. This school is much better than Central High School and even better than Centenial High School. Urbana does not have nearly as much drug and or crime problems as the Champaign schools do. If you are looking for a great and fun school to enroll your child in I highly recommend Urbana High School for its outstanding abilities to teach your child and prepare them for their next journey after high school.
UHS is a very diverse school. I think this is a huge asset for developing a whole person. My kids are in advanced classes and are challenged, supported, and encouraged. The administrators, especially their counselors, really care about helping my kids achieve. The facilities are well cared for, and there are a wide variety of classes offered. Overall, we have been very pleased with UHS for our kids.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.