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1650 Ridgeview Rd
Upper Arlington, OH 43221

(614) 487-5200
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May 20, 2014
Upper Arlington is still a great school. However, it has become far to focused on the reputation and statistics of the school to the detriment of the students. While it boasts exceptional test scores and graduation rates, the academic facilites are now far outdated compared to the new Dublin and Olentangy schools. Also, there is a palpable disconnect between the new administration, the teachers, students and parents since the departure of Kip Greenhill.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
My family and I moved to UA from out of state. My children graduated from UAHS and I'm retired from the school system. There are many positives and some negatives about UA and the high school. First, On the positive side, UA values education and offers a wide range of experiences for its students. The proximity to OSU is wonderful (although more students need to take advantage of that). My own children received a wonderful education here and were successful in college because of it. However, they graduated in the early 2000s. The negatives: the community is insular and non-welcoming to outsiders. Parents coddle their children to a degree that holds them back from taking personal responsibility. Teachers are no longer supported by administrators. The high school building is a serious negative; it needs to be updated to keep UA competitive with the newer suburbans schools. People whose families have lived here for generations find the building "charming" because it's just like they remember. They need to get out of UA more. Academics are slipping as parents and students demand less rigor. Watch out for Dublin Jerome - it's "the new UA."

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2014
I hate it here. Yes, there are a few teachers that are AMAZING... but the environment and the people are very judgmental. They like to pretend that UA is perfect, yet there are so many flaws in the system it's not even fuuny. For example,UAHS has been known to graduate people even when they have not met requirements, just so it's graduation rate doesn't get dinged. It's all about appearances here, don't trust what you see.

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2013
I am a student and this school is definitely a great school for your child to go to.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2013
This is a challenging school with lots of opportunities. My adult child, several years into his career, found his HS education to be a great foundation for his out-of-state college and beyond. Even being in the arts, he weathered the recession much better than many of his colleagues.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
The UA schools are one of the best school systems in the state. The schools are dedicated in children achieving the best grades that they could possibly get, and fulfilling the requirements of students moving on towards college. However, learning involves more than just grades and acceptance into a college. UA school's lack in area's of dedication to children who learn differently than most, & are considered normal, but need more time and attention in grasping certain subjects. When a child is starting to fail they pass them along anyway, as apposed to taking the time to help that child learn in a manner that he/she learns best in, so that the child has an understanding of what is being taught. Pushing a child into the next grade before they understand their material causes them to fall further behind, not only in academics but socially as well. The teachers here need to have a better understanding of teaching styles so that their students aren't just passing the standardized tests, but are actually enjoying their education and gaining knowledge at the same time. It's sad such a great community is more concerned about statistics than they are about the little people they educate!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2013
Being a non-legacy is difficult. The athletic code is extremely lax. Coaches should not be hired who cannot even spell or use proper grammar and they should not be permitted to hire their cronies. There is a huge doping problem across all economic levels. Bullying is a problem by students, teachers and coaches. There are excellent teachers in the system but not enough to merit the pay they receive. For the record, my child is an athlete, volunteer and "A" student.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
Most people who go here never plan on trying anything different, and that immensely alters perceptions about the real world. Some people want to understand what's out in the world, and others are content with what they already understand (Especially when there's not much more to understand than the ways of UA). I attended Upper Arlington thru grades K-12. Once I got to college I realized all the things that were so easy to take for granted. However, I was one of the few kids who went out of state for college -- everyone else went to private schools or close by, like Miami of Ohio or Ohio State. I tell them it seems like they don't want things to ever change, but they just tell me to appreciate Upper Arlington, and lacrosse.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2012
I completely agree with the reviewer of October 7, 2011. I took my children out of the catholic system and put them into UAHS for the educational opportunities. I can't stress enough how great they are. But, as the October 7th reviewer said, unless you have lived in UA since it's incorporation, your child will struggle socially - especially with athletics. I find volunteering to be difficult as I have found that all of them know each other from when they went to school here and are not particularly friendly to newcomers (e.g., you go up and introduce yourself and they say hello and then walk over to their group of friends and do not include you in the conversation or give you any kind of pointers as to the task at hand.) I find it more rewarding to volunteer outside the UA district, and I now go to the inner city schools and help there. Come to UA for the IB and AP programs, the teachers, and the guidance staff. They know their stuff and will help your child get into a great college. I am on year 3 of my 10 year sentence in UA. They day they graduate is the day I put my house up for sale.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
It is hard for people who have never left the place they grew up to accuratley judge anything as there worldly experience is non existant.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
I graduated just a few years ago and I am now in college at OSU. I don't have enough good things to say about UAHS and the Upper Arlington district. In the four years that I attended UAHS I loved all of my teachers and are still in contact with many of them. Kip Greenhill was a great principal as well. I'm so thankful that my family made the move to this district when I was in elementary school because I don't think that I would have had the same amount of opportunities else ware.

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2011
I do not feel challenged at this school. Don't get me wrong, this school is an EXCELLENT public school. I feel very fortunate to be attending the school, however I happen to feel EXACTLY the same way as the previous student's comment: "Way too much homework and outside-of-school work assigned - the overburden of homework is counterproductive. I can learn that 2 + 2 = 4 once; I don't need to do 100 of 2 + 2 = 4 problems to understand it. It's unnecessary."

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2011
People who wrote previous reviews must either be paid school staff members or parents/teachers who have never seen what a *real* "good" public school looks like. This school is mainly full of supercilious, cookie-cutter kids. The predominant environment just has a very "clique-y" feel. Way too much homework and outside-of-school work assigned - the overburden of homework is counterproductive. I can learn that 2 + 2 = 4 once; I don't need to do 100 of 2 + 2 = 4 problems to understand it. It's unnecessary. SOME teachers are either a) extremely snobbish (won't name names here) or b) extremely boring and lack skill on how to teach EFFECTIVELY. The problem here is that "Arlingtonians" think they are too good for everyone, and that this public school is extraordinary; I beg to differ. I have been in several public schools, and this school is not horrible per se, but not that remarkable or extraordinary either. Art should not be necessary. Students should focus on areas *they* want to pursue in life, and the compulsory requirement for art is a waste of time. Also, public speaking IS an essential skill, however, there should be better public speaking teachers & syllabus. Not impressed.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2010
I graduated from UAHS in 2006, and like every one of mu friends, have continued on to college. The UA school system provides an amazing learning atmosphere with 32 highly successful division 1 sports. Endless teacher support, cutting edge technology, and progressive learning environment all add up to the best education available.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2009
I graduated from UA my 4 kids graduated from UA and my grandaughter will graduate from UA, enough said.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2009
I currently have one child in the high school and next year I will have two. This school prepares them so much for what is beyond high school. The competition and expectations are extremely high at UA.

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April 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
I am currently a freshman at uahs. The new 'link' crews have made me feel so welcome and i'm glad i new some upperclassmen on the first day of school. No one was terribly mean like i expected and i definetly made a lot of friends. Every teacher was so kind and incredibly educated.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
Principal Kip Greenhill is a positive, committed and highly effective administrator, and is well-liked and respected by the students, teachers and staff for his positive leadership at the high school.

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April 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
UAHS is as near to being a private prep school as one can get in a public setting. My three children all agree their move to college was a seamless transition in terms of their academic preparation. The district-wide emphasis on the traditional '3-R's' coupled with a corps of teachers and administrators dedicated to being progressive in their pedagogy and use of technology is superb. The extracurricular opportunities for students is also top notch.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
I am currently a student ar UAHS. This is truly an excellent school. It offers a great education to students of all ability levels and career inclinations. Th AP program is excellent, with amazing teachers and the majority of students getting great marks on the AP test. There also an IB program, which is also excellent. Many extracurricular activites are offered. The only are of improvement is the inclusion of realistic sports alternatives. The school teams are very successful, but they are extremely demanding, and the coaches have a particularly hard-headed attitudes as to 'commitment'. In other Columbus area schools, it is sometimes characterized as snobbish, but I am proud to say that from my experience these rumors are entirely false.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 31, 2008
First rate teachers, counselors and administrators. Decent facilities. The community support is outstanding. Fiscally, the Board is responsible.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
As a student currently enrolled at UA, it still amazes me that although we are a public school, the opportunities that they prepare with is similar to that of a private preparatory school. The teachers provide excellent insight to the real world, and the advanced classes and IB Program can provide students with useful skills for college.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
As a former student I can say it is a school district that provides not only a quality eduation but a caring staff dedicated to the students. I believe UAHS prepares students for college unlike any other high school. Great district, safe community.

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November 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 09, 2007
I was a student here last year, just graduated 2007, academics at this school is pretty much a small college, endless amount of class opportunities, athletics are top in the state, and are competitive as a private school or even more. Every teacher is highly known throughout Ohio and some in the United States, this school is top rated in the united states for art and writing components. This is definitely the top public school in Ohio.

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September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
As a grad of Upper Arlington and now having a child enrolled there, I have nothing but superlative comments. Teachers and support staff are second to none, the facilities while a little dated, are very well maintained. The athletic department is among the best in the state with coaches who care about the kids. The community as whole takes great pride in the schools and are very supportive. If you're thinking about a move to central Ohio and want your kids in an all-around top notch school, Upper Arlington is the place to be.

- submitted by a former student
May 17, 2007
Upper Arlington High School is an outstanding school and has been on top for many years. The students, teachers, and parents are all very involved and strive to promote good education. The SAT scores are off the charts and this high school has been in the Top 20 in the whole country! Many families move here each year because of the district's record. It may be more expensive then the counties surrounding it, but it sure is worth it! It is a safe community with very low crime and the people are wonderful and kind. Great place to grow-up!

- submitted by a former student
May 04, 2007
Bad problems with unrestrained bullying. Very cliquey. Teachers 'teach to the test'.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
It's a superior school if your child is in the top 5% of the class (lots of accolades), or the bottom 20% (lots of support). The 75% in the middle are not as highly valued as they should be, do not get much attention and many do not have a good experience. It could be a lot better.

- submitted by a former student
January 26, 2007
I graduated from UAHS last year ('06), and it was fantastic. I'm now going to Ohio U. taking junior level courses as a freshman. On top of that, my gpa at UA was about a 3.2 cum. and now it's about a 3.7 at OU. I know that some of the hardest academic challenges I will ever face in my life were found at UAHS, but it's very good preparation for higher education. It won't leave your child behind, but there has to be some effort to learn, and if you give the effort, learning will become enjoyable I'm also good friends with some of my ex-teachers at UAHS, and have happily seen/conversed outside of class with them. The staff really does make an effort and care about the thoughts and success of your child.

- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2006
It looks perfect on the outside, and such is how people are drawn into it; high test scores, low violence, lots of extra-curricular activities, etc. When you look past these things, you see teachers and students absorbed in their own definitions of acomplishment.

- submitted by a former student
April 29, 2006
I have had great difficulty in finding public high schools across the U.S. that match the caliber of Upper Arlington, with its enriched content, rigor and vast selection of course offerings. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to graduate from that wonderful school. I'm searching for an equally stellar high school for my 11-year-old here in Texas. If you are considering Upper Arlington for your child, you can rest assured that UA will prepare your child well for college and/or other endeavors. It simply has so much to offer and so many of my friends who graduated from there have done very, very well.

- submitted by a former student
February 24, 2006
Very fine academic programs. Seems to always be top in the state in every area. Tremendous teachers who are passionate about teaching. Large variety of music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Everyone in the community is very involved in academics.

- submitted by a former student
December 31, 2005
As a graduate and now a high school teacher, I can safely say that the school provides kids with a large amount of resources and many quality teachers. Unfortunately, this is mostly due to the wealthy income of the district as opposed to mere individual competence.

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2005
An excellent, yet tough school. Marvelous selection of classes, and a well-hearted music program. Parents are deeply involved as well as the students.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2005
In addition to the new IB program and the quality AP program, UAHS creates high-quality education for all students -- including those with IEPs, 504s, and multiple-handicaps. On the recent OGT, UAHS scored highest among central Ohio schools. Students' scores on the ACT and SAT are high and rising. The teachers are always working together to improve the academic atmosphere. UAHS is more than its record number of state athletic championships, national recognition for its orchestra, and outstanding extracurricular activities. The peer collaboration group, for example, assists teachers with photocopying or as classroom aides, works as tutors for struggling students, and act as social buddies to help those struggling in finding a place to fit in. The adminstrators care, the teachers care, the students care, and the community is highly involved. Yes, UAHS is as good as you hear it is.

- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2005
This is a great school. Teachers are there to help and to encourage. Kids are highly motivated. Good inviroment, good library, we like it.

- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2005
Upper Arlington has the highest test scores and programs in the country and has been rated in the top 20 of the nation.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2004
Nice school only if your child already has a 4.5 grade point average. Staff don't want to bother with anyone below that and make sure the kids know if they think they are 'dumb'. Lots of 'social passing' but little real teaching. Main desire - keep those 'scores' high. High focus on appearance, money, status - even among staff. Little focus on anything else. We moved to another excellent district and are very happy with it. This is a district where many many children are left behind.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
High Education Standards, Great Teachers, Tremendous School Spirit, Top Knotch Programs, and Cutting Edge Technologies.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2004
Good public school system. Small, safe community. Great resources: parks, recreation, libraries. Cost of housing is high compared to county. School levies have always passed so taxes are high. Best of all is the elementary schools.

- submitted by a parent
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Upper Arlington High School
1650 Ridgeview Rd, Upper Arlington, OH  43221
(614) 487-5200
Last modified Upper Arlington High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Upper Arlington High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews.