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University High School

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Posted January 30, 2012

I think i agree with some of the comments in the top. This school focuses more in graduating students than teching them. I think is oe of the worst schools in the districts of Waco, the education levels are really low and most of the students barely graduate. The couselors dont even help people and some of the teachers dont even care about their students. If you are moving to waco wih kids try to move to the west side of waco (woodway and hewitt) to the Midway school district Its the #1 district in Waco. If people tell you its expensive it is a lie you can always find something pretty and affordable. Think about the future of your kids.


Posted May 27, 2008

Unless you take athens classes you are pretty much out of luck in the learning department, and even still when you do take those Athens and AP classes you are still well behind other schools in TEXAS, and that is in comparison to other schools regular Academic classes. I felt like a genius when I came to University from another school in Plano, I was so far ahead I ended up tutoring a lot of the failing Juniors and Seniors (I WAS A SOPHOMORE)! I went from working hard for a grade in an Academic class, to not even trying for all A's in AP classes....Sorry to say this but WACOISD needs to step the game up!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2005

At university High there are many opportunities for extracurricular activities, but not enough focus on preparing students for higher education. The level of education is very low compared to other school districts. University focuses way too much on getting the student graduated rather than teaching the student. There is some parent involvement, but not enough.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2005

Both my daughters had always been in Catholic School, so I was a bit apprehensive about my youngest daughter attending public school her freshman year. The faculty and staff at University High School have been great to my daughter. They welcomed her with open arms. I have always been able to contact her instructors by email and have always gotten a response. She has had the opportunity to take dual credit classes, advanced placement classes and athens classes. She has done very well and has made some great friends. She enjoys the pride the school takes in the its accomplishments. Mr. Correa, the principal has been a great asset to the school. He takes great pride in the school and students.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

340 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

336 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

342 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

331 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

327 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

335 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Female97%
Male86%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%

Math

All Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%

Science

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
64%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

579 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
31%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
46%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
33%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

467 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students51%
Female54%
Male47%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special education18%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)34%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students60%
Female61%
Male60%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education23%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education8%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students41%
Female47%
Male35%
Black or African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education4%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Gifted/talented81%
Non-Gifted36%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students24%
Female29%
Male20%
Black or African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Special education2%
Not special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)5%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Gifted/talented68%
Non-Gifted19%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black or African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education7%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students28%
Female33%
Male24%
Black or African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Special education0%
Not special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)2%
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
Gifted/talented65%
Non-Gifted23%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education23%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students56%
Female56%
Male57%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education15%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students45%
Female42%
Male49%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education4%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)5%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talented70%
Non-Gifted41%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 50%
Black 26% 13%
White 5% 31%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Dr Bill Shepard
Fax number
  • (254) 750-3709

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3201 S New Rd
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