The new principal is very involved and open minded to our school now. She cares very much of the student' s opinions and I can see a great change coming in the new years. The academics may be lacking but it's coming up. I enjoy every day that I spend in Ucity and the opinions on the outside could never compare to the student's opinions from the inside.
Many teachers are highly equipped in their area but others are not. Some of the newer teachers may have been out of their league when they accepted to teach in UCity. It is very difficult to keep every student focused and certain teachers cannot handle them all.
My son graduated in 2016 and is currently in college doing very well. My daughter is currently in the high school and is also doing very well. UCHS has a large % of low income kids which brings scores down .. in ALL schools. UCity does as good or better job at addressing low income needs as best ANY school can. It does a fabulous job at offering all kids opportunities --- AP classes; sports; yearbook/journalism, robotics etc. Most sports and activities are open and available to ANY kid who wants to join: not just those kids who have had private experiences in the activity prior to high school. I CAN and DO honestly say that i am glad my kids went/go to UCity schools and that they are better off for it.
As a recent alumni and now college student I cannot fully express the great lack of preparation for college that University City provided. I was a student from k-12 this environment fosters bullying and racism. Many students are not adequately prepared for college and most drop out during their first year. If you have any other options DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE.
After having one daughter graduate last year and go to college, as well as a daughter in her junior year, I've experienced many times when I am so proud to say my kids attended U City schools since kindergarten. I'll try to be brief: 1. The college experience has opened one daughters's eyes to various campuses and areas of studies. 2. The 2013 graduate has found her social skills gained at U City to be a huge benefit in navigating her first semester at college. 3. The teachers are involved, caring and amazingly talented. The coursework rigorous and the options varied. 4. The school community is strong and supportive and the students recognize and appreciate how all kinds of intelligences create a well-rounded school student body.
UCHS has so much variety in their extra-curricular activities, it's hard for the kids to choose. Students are busy and happy, there are many, many great teachers, principal is doing an excellent job. Lots of opportunities and support!