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University High School

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Posted September 30, 2012

The only high school I can compare UHS to is the one I attended growing up, which was phenomenal in almost every way. UHS is a good school, the new facility is wonderful. The marching band and marching band instructors are top notch. Athletically they are very competitive. There is a lot of parent involvement. Use of edline to regularly post grades and the weekly hawk call help keep parents informed. There are a good variety of classes, including AP. I have seen instances of bullying but nothing violent. There are some great teachers, but also some disappointing ones, particularly in the math dept. Truancy is not an issue at all, but mostly because students who miss less than 5 days are not required to take final exams. The solution is effective, but I feel like it is a disservice to a student to graduate from HS and go on to college without every having the experience of taking a final exam.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

University High has changed quite a bit in the last few years, since there has been a change in administration. As an involved parent I have had positive experiences working with the math and science teachers. There are some outstanding math teachers. The music and drama directors are also outstanding and passionate about their programs. Sports coaches are also passionate about their teams. The new administration is easy to work with. The facility was just built in 2008 and has lots of potential. Boosters are very active. More parent programs are planned for 2012-2013.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2011

University High School is the worst school I have EVER been too. You get treated horrible unless you're an athlete or your parents are doctors or lawyers. The teachers don't care about the students. One of my drama classes we did nothing but sit there and talk while the teachers worked with kids that was performing for the school. Which really frustrated me. I signed up for that class for a reason. And lastly, I got jumped by girls I didn't even know. It was so bad that my mom had to take me out of this school. Morgantown High School is by far the best school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2011

A great school is defined by its excellent teachers, strong leadership, challenging programs, and student success. The new "U" has ALL of these characteristics. No school is without its problems, that being said, UHS is the best high school in Morgantown. The Back to School Bash, Home Coming Alumni Tailgate, and HAWKfest are just a few traditions UHS has started for its students and community. The weekly calls known as HAWK Talk helps to keep parents informed about the school and educational community. The new school is bright and beautiful; it is a reflection of our students and of their futures.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 30, 2010

I attended UHS and so did both of my children. It is the best school around as far as I am concerned. I am looking forward to having my grandson attend there. My daughter was a student teacher there and she loved it. Teachers are some of the best in Morgantown and the sports programs are great. The New School is beautiful and well maintained. I have been there for several events.


Posted July 9, 2009

My son received an excellent education at UHS and felt well-prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

The best place I have ever worked! The leadership is excellent.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2009

I also agree that the school isn't organzed well. The administrators are unfair to a lot of the staff unless you are part of their clique or informers. Students that are less fortunate are treated poorly and made to feel inferior to athletes and to students that have parents that are doctors, lawyers, etc.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2009

This school is no longer at its old location. It moved into a brand new facility in 2008.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

This school definitely doesn't have it together. The unprofessionalism and disorganization here are mind-boggling. Never again will I work here. It's a pity since there are a few staff members who are really nice. The disorganization is the major problem.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 29, 2008

University High has anamazing new facility. The old school was really one of the few problems. Another may be some of the staff, but despite that fact they we have an amazing althletic program. So many of these teams have gone to the state tornament and have gotten very far. SOme of my children have been involved in some of these teams. The music program does get the recognition it needs, but only in the marching band. It's so exiting to go to game and see all the childten wearing school colors and cheering their team on. These students have such good school spirt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

I think this school is dirty, and poorly run. Teachers overall seem to be there 'only for a paycheck' and aren't willing to work to assist students who are having academic problems. My son has had a radical decrease in academic performance and I've struggled to get any assistance from the school in helping me get his high school education on track. I've been in the halls in the morning and it is a zoo. Wish I could send my kids to a different high school
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2012.

331 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

331 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

331 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
59%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

331 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2012.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
57%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 45% in 2012.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
61%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

265 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students50%
Black27%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities59%

Reading

All Students58%
Black55%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities71%

Science

All Students45%
Black36%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities55%

Social Studies

All Students50%
Black55%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. 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 West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students54%
Black23%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities60%

Reading

All Students58%
Black38%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities66%

Social Studies

All Students55%
Black31%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. 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 West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
Black64%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities67%

Reading

All Students50%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities58%

Social Studies

All Students46%
Black43%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. 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 West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 92%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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131 Baker's Ridge Rd
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 291-9270

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