My kids are in position to have guaranteed acceptance to the college of their choice and I don't have to drag them out of bed every morning. How can anyone complain when their kids love their school?
Our three children gratuated from ULS in the 1990's. Today they are well-rounded, happy and successful adults. ULS provided a foundation in academics, the arts and athletics allowing them to develop the self confidence and risk-taking required in the real word. We are fortunate to have given them a their "inheritance" up front! We recommend the school to those who value an almost one-on-one approach to learning where "college-prep" is really "life-prep".....
ULS is a small college prep school. The curriculum allows individual attention for all students. Great faculty, good leadership trips and opportunities. ULS has larger beautiful campus.
I have watched my daughter fall in love with learning again due to the support and encouragement of ULS staff. They have nurtured her individuality, taught her how to work in a group and helped her cope with the social awkwardness of high school. We also live in a "Blue Ribbon" public school district but our experience with that system found too much emphasis on working the ratings.
I am an alumni of ULS. In my senior year at Marquette. I did consider leaving to go to the local public high school at one point, and I cannot tell you how happy I am that I chose ULS instead. At the time, the major reason was I could to play 3 sports all 4 years of high school. I know I NEVER would have made the local JV or Varsity teams as there is so much competition. Then add in the huge scholarships and acceptance at every college I applied at, the price my parents paid made it worth it. Once I got to college, I saw even more of the benefit. The one-on-one attention the teachers gave me and the relationships we formed with the amazing teachers at ULS helped prepare me for approaching college professors with confidence. I could clearly see the difference between classmates educated at a public versus private school - academically and in life skills.
ULS is a good school. Why would you spend all of that money for just a good school, especially when Lake Country has very good schools.
It was a tough decision to choose a private school for our kids - especially with the great public schools in the area. But I have never regretted it once since starting ULS. Our eldest was a "lifer" and our investment in the ULS education has paid off in more ways than one - acceptance and scholarships at every college she applied for was a given. But the life skills she learned through the teachers at ULS - leadership, communication, independence, respect - changed the direction of her life forever.
I think the teachers are great here and they definitely have each student's best interest in mind. However, I am very concerned with some of the principal's methods. When we first came to this school we were told there was a focus on the individual. It is my opinion there is a specific mold that those individuals must fit and deviation from that is not tolerated, especially when related to psychological challenges. We were explicitly told that this is not a "Special Needs" school and are leaving the school due to that remark.
As someone who has taught at both public and private schools, I can truly say that my experience at ULS has been the best! The administration has been supportive of innovation that is backed up with research in best practices - allowing teachers to be creative while being attentive to standards and a rigorous curriculum. The small class size is conducive to getting to know each child, teaching to his/strengths and allowing them to reach their greatest potential. Students from local universities have come to ULS to learn from our teachers making it a great school for students of all ages. If you are looking for a school that encourages curiousity, wonder and the joy of learning in a unique and challenging setting, ULS is the place!
This has been a fantastic school for our two children, both of whom have since graduated after attending there for 13 years each. The teachers and coaches our children experienced have been outstanding mentors. Our children have been highly successful at the colleges they chose to attend (both were admitted to and attended their first choice schools) and credit University Lake School for excellent preparation. In addition they played a variety of varsity sports throughout high school, performed on the stage, and engaged in community service. We are grateful for the wonderful experience our kids have had at ULS.
My daughter has been there 5 years now and absolutely LOVES it. It's definitely a hands-on approach to learning which I feel is a better method of learning and retaining knowledge. All kids have a chance to lead, to learn to work in group settings, and to explore their individual talents which make them unique. I know BA is probably stronger in terms of jamming academic information in but if the student doesn't learn to be curious and to think analytically what good does that do after graduation? It's a great school - maybe not for everyone - but I know it brings out the very best in my daughter.
My children are leaving ULS after this year. The school has changed dramatically from the one we fell in love with many years ago. The quality of teachers and administrators has declined rapidly. True commitment to teaching individual students has been replaced by rhetoric. I know several other families leaving ULS for the same reasons. We have expressed our frustrations to the highest adminstrator. I truly hope they listen and take appropriate action. If they do, we may return.
i am a student here in the 8th grade. i previously attended Kettle Moraine Middle School and hated it. i was picked on for everything (Being tall, Smart, even teased for wanting to read), then my parents sent me to ULS, and i rediscovered why i am alive. the one thing i do not like about this school is that the Guidance Councilor for the middle and lower school is a bit, off. she's great with kids under he age of 7, but my entier class (And come teachers and parents) think she could use with a replacement. (not saying kick her out completely, but get a different one for the middle school and send her to the lower school). but all said and done, i love this school!
Great teachers. Involved parents. Small classes and lots of hands on activties. The administrators are a bit week especially the lower school head. The middle school curriculum needs to be improved. Overall a good school.
This is a truly amazing place! This is the best gift/inheritance I could have given my children. I have 1 child who graduated frm ULS 4 1/2 years ago, just graduated with honors from a very prestigious college in the east; working and supporting herself in Chicago! Another who is a junior and another who is in 8th grade. We have chosen to give our kids the tools they need to succeed in life - ULS provides a caring, safe. challenging, fun enviroinment in an amazing community of dedicated people. WAY beyond the ordinary! Worth every penny...
Having just had our last child(4 kids total) graduate from ULS this past June (2007), I felt that I am very qualified to address this forum. All 4 of our kids have had a great experience at ULS since 1995. They originally started in the Kettle Moraine School District and we soon grew tired of the politics as well as the lack of one on one teaching, so we moved all 4 of them out to ULS. All 4 of them have either graduated from college or are in the process of it. They were all accepted at very good Division 1, 2 and 3 private colleges in 7 different states. They were also all recipients of some pretty fantastic scholarships to college that has certainly proven to us that the investment in ULS was well worth it. Caring teachers, sense of Community among all of the parents and students, great education!
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