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University High School Of Indiana

Private | 9-12 | 282 students

University High School is known for its four-year college counseling program.

 
 

Living in Carmel

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $250,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted November 25, 2012

My daughter started at University when we moved in the middle of her high school experience. The school faculty and staff couldn't have been more helpful through that transition; their caring and commitment continues to this day, as she prepares college applications. I've worked in education a long time and recognize quality when I see it. Excellent academics, varied extracurriculars, an accepting and inclusive spirit, and teachers' investment in student success...what more could you want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

Our daughter attended UHS and now is preparing to graduate from one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. We are sure that University s preparation is what allowed that to happen. We are very fortunate that our daughter is both sociable and smart. She likely would have done fine at any high school. But the difference is huge between doing fine and, trite as it may sound, reaching one s potential. She grew enormously in her four years at Uni, having been challenged by her teachers and invigorated by her schoolmates. Her college adviser took a keen interest in her that made all the difference. And she was tremendously inspired by her mentor, with whom she developed a rewarding relationship that we are sure will make a permanent difference in her life. We will always be indebted to the wonderful people at UHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

Our son went to University High School after attending a very small school. He was shocked at how hard UHS was compared to his old school. Every teacher expects near perfect work. This holding the students to a higher standard will pay off when he attends college. Would you rather learn how to do college level work before or after you start college? The mentor program is a great asset, if a student doesn't click with their mentor they can ask to change. Our sons mentor has been great. We saw a review here saying they had problems with their mentor and left the school. We wonder why they never asked for a change???? We can see how there has been some bad reviews, you can't please everyone all the time. If you are considering UHS just go visit and do a shadow day with a student. That's the only way you'll know for sure. Unlike a public school there's no social clicks or groups of different types of kids. Everyone mixes and mingles. The focus is on academics not what "CLASS" of citizen you are. No one here cares what you wear to school or what sport you play. Oh and no bullies either. As a student you can't walk these halls without being asked how you are doing 20 times a day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Definitely the best private high school in the indiapolis are
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

It is mediocre at best. When people pay for a private education they deserve much much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

This is an excellent school. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something smaller. We (parents) are so tired of these huge schools. The public schools have something for the above average and the below average, but the ones in the middle get lost. University challenges all students. They have a great teacher mentor program. They also have a program that helps them choose the college that's right for them. My son loved it and calls all the students, 'part of his family'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

Absolutely fabulous! I haven't met a kid in the school who does not love this school. The academics are exceptional, teachers really know their subjects and enjoy teaching, plus the mentors go the second mile to cultivate each student's personal education. The school community is built on trust and personal responsibility. Life changing! Wish I'd gone to school here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

University is a great place for challenging the mind to pursue excellence.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

Grade level

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

20%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
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25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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SAT participation

97%

Average SAT score

1160

Graduation rate

96.8%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
91%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

This school

 
 
17%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.7
This school
2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
27
This school
30
Recommended load

Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

This school

 
 
94%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 74%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Black 5% 12%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Multiracial 2% 4%
American Indian N/A 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 0%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Creekside Middle School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation DePauw University
Indiana University
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • English for New Learners
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Chuck Webster
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (317) 733-4484

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • English for New Learners
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
School mascot
  • Trailblazers
School leaders can update this information here.

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This school accepts applications on a

rolling basis

 
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Creekside Middle School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$17000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Application fee
Yes. $50.
Fee waivers available

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
DePauw University
Indiana University
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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2825 West 116th Street
Carmel, IN 46032
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Phone: (317) 733-4475

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