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University High School

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Posted January 26, 2012

My experience at uhs was the greatest! Like honestly the teachers care about you can the principal maybe strict but at least we are controlled. Im currently in all honor class, and they are very challeging! I believe that this school is one of the best in newark!


Posted January 9, 2011

My experience at this school these past two years have been honestly hard to believe. While I applied, i was told that UHS was a "terrific" high school and that I would be challenged to out-perform others. Turns out, intellectual competition is saddening for a "GREAT" school and not many care about what grades they recieve. We are "the best" and yet the rest of the students do not seem to make the effort to become the best. -A current sophomore


Posted February 9, 2010

I've been a student at University High School for two years, and it's honestly a sub par excuse for 'acclaimed' learning institution. Our students may out-perform other Newark schools but we have very little intellectual competition. University will get you through to your senior year, and maybe you'll get into a satisfactory college. What other aspirations could a Newark student have? Not the best that New Jersey has to offer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2009

My daughter goes here and she love it. Everyday she comes home with good news.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

My child graduated as an excellent student from University High School and turned out to be an amazing, well-rounded, community-minded and responsible person. I would recommend University to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

I am an alumni of University High School and have been there from my freshman year. I can honestly say that the experience was terrific. It is a comfortable environment and and the teachers are always willing to work with their students. There is no reason why a student should fail with all the help thpprovipprovided


Posted July 25, 2008

I am a senior at university throughout my previous year it has challenge me. I would recommend this school to anyone. Staffs are willing to help and this school have a big selection of honors and advance placement classes. At University you will always have fun and be challenged at the same time. Although you may recieve alot of homework and classwork it all pays off
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2008

I am currently a junior at UHS. I've been here since 7th grade. I've been watching this school grow in the hands of Roger Leon and plunge in the hands of Claude Bey. It is not the fault of our principal however, he just lacks the strength that Leon had to challenge most of the stubborn ignorance parading our corridors today. Majority of the teachers are great and they actually care. We have an awesome Math and English department. We are probably lacking in the Science department but we more than make up for it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2007

I am the proud parent of a sophomore. Thus far, the school is wonderful. My daughter has some struggles her freshman year, but that was to be expected. The curriculum is very challenging which makes for great learning. My decision to send her to University H.S. was the right choice. She will reep the benefits at graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

I love University! It's challenging and fun. The teachers are good. But the best part of my school is Mr. Leon. I dont know where I would be and where Unversity would be without him.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2007

University provides a great learning environment because of the teacher's hard work and dedication.The principal,Roger Leon, has an anger problem and does not show any want to change it.This school would be much better without him.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 6, 2007

I Love University. I am a Current Student and I think university high is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are very nice and they get along with the students. Students even vibe with the janitors and security guards, as well as the lunch people. Mr. Leon is a great principal and all of the students love him and his sarcastic ways. I can't wait till i graduate and see what benifits i have being im from one of the best schools in newark......PHOENIX PRIDE
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2007

University High School is a wonderful school. I graduated in 2006 and am now at Rutgers University. Thanks to the wonderful guidance counselors that the school provide, I acquired plenty of scholarship offers and barely pay anything for school now. Thanks abundantly to every staff member especially the principals, Ms. Gironda, Mr. Corely, Ms. Barnes, and Ms. Hewitt.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 22, 2006

This school has a challenging academic curriculum. It is a competitive atmosphere that promotes learning and community leadership.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2005

i love this school i been there since the 7th & im happy i went where i did because i dont think i would get the things i did from this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2005

I believe that University is the best high school in Newark and I also believe that Mr. Leon has done great things for that school. But I have to agree with the other parent who said that the teachers at University don't care about the kids individually and that they are rude. I don't believe that this applies to all of the teachers there but I do thing that some teachers care more about the bottom line than care about the student's individual success. Saying that though I still believe that University and Roger Leon are the best and that great things come out of that school. There are some things that need to be changed but for the most part apart from a few egotistical staff members, the school is great. I love Mr. Nazario and Mr. Davis. They have helped my son so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

I feel that unversity high school is a fine school. Great teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 16, 2005

This school is the #1 in Newark as of 2005. However this is only because the principal uses scare tactics, and the teachers cheat. The teachers there do not care and are extremely rude to parents who are concerened about their child's grades. My daughter is in the 10th grade and I am plulling her out of there as soon as i can to go to a better school such as Scince where I feel as though she will challenged mentally and encourged to do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

I believe University High School is a great school.I am a student at the school and I can say from my own point of view that it is a great experience to learn at the school. University is the best school with the highest test scores out of all Newark.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2003

As a graduate from University High School, I believe that it gave me the knowledge that is needed in the real world...especially in the AP Courses that I had. Thank YOu Mrs. Gironda!
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 65% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students64%
Female70%
Male55%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education64%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students67%
Female74%
Male55%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education66%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students78%
Female91%
Male63%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant78%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students61%
Female68%
Male53%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education59%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students83%
Female77%
Male89%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students96%
Female98%
Male93%
Black97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special education69%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special education31%
General education87%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
30%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students36%
Female46%
Male18%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Special education25%
General education37%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant36%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

25%
of schools in the state are Below average
48%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

100%

SAT college ready

15%

Graduation rate

93%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 85% 16%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
White 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Jazz band
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20
School end time
  • 2:40
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr Henry Mcnair
Fax number
  • (973) 351-2110

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
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