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Utah County Academy of Science (Ucas)

Charter | 10-12 | 389 students

We are best known for small size and high academics.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $165,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $680.

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Posted May 3, 2013

This has been a great year with 91 of our Seniors earning their Associates Degree from UVU. Our high school graduation is coming fast. At this point in time, out Seniors have been offered $1.8 million in scholarships with the majority of students continuing at UVU with others at BYU, USU, Univerisity of Utah and Westminster in state. Our next year's students look great! We appreciate our partnership with Utah Valley University!

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Posted October 28, 2013

My school is Utah County Academy of Sceinces (UCAS). UCAS is a early college prep high school where student can work to earn their associates degree--paid for by the school--so they can graduate with their degree and diploma when they are finished with school. The faculty at this school really care about their students, they want each to succeed and are very willing to help the students achieve their adcademic goals. The student population is small, so each counsler knows the names of their student and their academic goals and career choices. I think the school could improve in size, it is a small school--which makes it easier to get to and from each of our classes. The school principal has actually been saving some money to build a bigger school which is very exciting because it means the building will be more up to date, and more students will be able to come so they can get a jumpstart in their education. I would reccamend this school to anyone who loves learning, is a hard worker, and wants to get a head-start on getting their college education!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2013

My daughter's experience at UCAS was excellent. She received her Associate Degree one month before she graduated from high school. The quality of education was superb and provided her with the solid foundation she needed to transfer to BYU. Her teachers took the time to get to know her and to help her excel in their classes. Her Student Success class was her favorite, and provided her with the information she needed to be successful in her UVU courses. She made many wonderful friends and enjoyed the social activities sponsored by the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

The Utah County Academy of Sciences has been a great educational fit for my daughter. It is small (student body of 400 students). Her classes are a challenge, which she loves. She loves her teachers! She is on-track to graduation with her Associate Degree a month before she gets her high school diploma. As a parent, I have loved this opportunity for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

UCAS is an outstanding STEM early college high school. My daughter was able to earn her associates degree and graduate high school at the same time. The teachers at UCAS are knowledgeable, challenging, and gave a great deal of individualized attention to my daughter. I was impressed right off the bat by a friendly office administrator and helpful and accessible school counselors. The principal and assistant principal knew my daughter personally and took the time to chat with her regularly as they saw her in the halls. She is rather shy so this meant a lot to her. The atmosphere is friendly and the small school environment was great for my daughter. I feel that she has a solid foundation in science and math thanks to the education she received at UCAS. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

UCAS is an Early College High School that has the academic rigor that my children needed! The teachers love their subjects, are enthusiastic and professional! The students treat each other with respect and motivate each other to do their best. I love the fact that my children had the opportunity to earn their Associate degree before the graduated from High School! This has saved my children 2 years of time and over $12,000 a piece. We love UCAS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

UCAS has the best teachers in the state. As far as I know, all of them have masters degrees. Most of the students take many classes from UVU, especially in their junior and senior years. The counselors help select UVU courses and plan your high school years so that you can earn an associates degree and the New Century Scholarship. UVU is in fact easier than UCAS in many areas; this just shows the excellence of the school and the ability to challenge the students. The students and social life won't be the best experience. Unfortunately many of the students suffer from some sort of social awkwardness. This seems to be improving over the years. On the plus side, bullying at the school is virtually non-existent, same with drugs and alcohol. Students are hardly as judgmental as they can be at other schools. However, this school is completely different from any other high school experience you can find in Utah. It will be challenging, and the teachers demand excellence. Your GPA will go down. The councilors, though they can't demand, will highly recommend NOT attending the school if your grades at your previous school aren't up to snuff. The best experience in Utah tailored to you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2010

UCAS is a great way for High School students that are looking to get ahead in life have an early college experience that will teach them worth ethics and study habits which will help them to rise to the top of any situation in their futures. UCAS helps build a student's confidence that anything is possible and (with hard work) probable.


Posted October 9, 2010

This is an early college highschool that fullfills it charter well. The students and their education are the focus not sports,
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 30, 2009

UCAS is a great school with great opportunities to get college credit along with high school credit. Many of the courses offered are concurrent enrollment and with its location on UVU campus, many students are able to get their Associate's when they graduate from high school. My son likes the closeness the students have at the school and how the teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help him succeed. It's great for those who want to focus on academia and less on extracurricular activities. A warning however, if your child is not ready to perform at college level at an early age, this school probably won't be a good match.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

My daughter is a sophomore at UCAS, and I couldn't be happier with the level of education she is receiving there. She enjoys taking college math classes at UVU. She also likes the small school atmosphere. Almost everyone there is willing and ready to learn. Everyone is really friendly, and the faculty and counselors are super helpful, unlike at a big school where they don't even know your student's name half the time. The hall is a little crowded in between classes, but that's about all she doesn't like about UCAS. As a parent, I feel confident that she is getting a great education from some of the best teachers around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I am a student at UCAS. The learning and academics are great, and the atmosphere is very comfortable. The classes are challenging, and I learn a lot. The only problems I have with this school is that there is no music programs, and not that many options for extra-curricular activities. The learning is above average, but if you like music, and are more introverted, I recommend a public high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2008

UCAS is an inventive Early Colleg High School located on the Utah Valley University campus. UCAS has provided my 2 children with many academic opportunities. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable, take extra time with the students and enjoy their subject. My children have also enjoyed the challenge and opportunity of attending college classes on the Utah Valley University campus. Both of my children will earn their A.S. degree at the same time that they graduate from UCAS. I couldn't be happier with the education that my children have received at UCAS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

What a great opportunity this school is! My son is a sophomore this year at UCAS and is really enjoyng it. He has blossomed. He is a class officer he has made great friends and has done well in school. Even though he struggled early in math his teacher has worked with him, stayed after school to tutor him... with excellent results. With the opportunity that UCAS presents as an 'early college' high school, for my son to get his high school diploma and his Associates Degree at the same time, what can I say.... It's great! thanks UCAS
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 87% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 86% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 40% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 40% in 2010.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 58% in 2013.

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The state average for Earth Science was 68% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 42% in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 75% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 73% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 77%
Hispanic 9% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A48%
Female 43%N/A49%
Male 57%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 96% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Utah Valley University
Brigham Young University
University of Utah
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Utah Public Charter School of the Year (2009)
  • Highest Literacy Scores of Utah public schools (2012)
  • Highest Science Scores of Utah public schools (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Clark Baron
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (801) 225-2214

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • 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
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Free Daily Tutoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Special price for public buses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Choir
  • Foreign language club: spanish
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • We are an Early College High School located on the UVU campus. Successful students must be academically prepared, highly motivated, very mature, and not afraid of hard work. 80% to 90% of graduates have an associates degree before high school graduation.
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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
160
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
306

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Utah Valley University
Brigham Young University
University of Utah
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 1%
4 year college - 96%
Vocational - 2%
Workforce - 1%
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940 West 800 South
Orem, UT 84058
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Phone: (801) 863-2222

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