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UniversityHigh School is a comprehensive high school in Orange County, California, with an enrollment of 2,469 students. The school’s 55-acre campus is in close proximity to several institutions of higher learning, including the University of California, Irvine, Concordia University and Chapman University. In addition, University High School is the home of the Orange County Deaf and Hard of Hearing program with an enrollment of 64 students who fully participate in the school’s academic, athletic and activities programs. Ninety-six percent of University High School graduates enter post-secondary educational programs. post secondary plans

University High School students have  consistently been successful in national and state academic awards programs such as the National Merit Scholarship Program, the Siemens Foundation Awards Program and the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Program. The school’s commitment to academic excellence is also reflected in the Academic Performance Index which increased to 913 in the 2012-2013 school year.

University High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school was recognized by the Department of Education as an exemplary school in the Secondary School Recognition Program in 1987. In 1988 and 1992, the school was recognized as a California Distinguished School. In 2011 University was recognized by Newsweek magazine as the top high school in California and ranked number eight in the country.

The school’s mission is to enable each student to become a contributing member of society with an appreciation for complexity and ambiguity, empowered with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world by providing the highest quality educational experience we can envision.

Students

StudentsUniversity High School supports a diverse student body. Among the 2,469 students enrolled in September, 2013, there are students from seventy-two countries who speak over fifty - two different languages.
student enrollment


Academic Achievement Data

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Class Rank

By school policy, students are not ranked.

Grade Point Average Computation

A = 4 points B = 3 points C = 2 points D = 1 point F = 0 ponts In determining GPA, one point per semester is added for each course taken from Advanced Placement and specific Honors level courses as noted in the transcript.

Transcript Data


Academic GPA: This represents marks earned during grades 9-12. Excluded are non-college preparatory courses, physical education, athletics, and courses earning a grade of “Pass” or “Credit”.

Total GPA: This represents marks earned during grades 9-12. Excluded are courses earning a mark of “Pass” or “Credit”.

Courses taken at the middle school that are not on the University High School transcript include Algebra 1 or a higher level mathematics course and some Level 1 Foreign Language courses.

Community Service is not required for graduation. However, students who complete 25 hours or more of voluntary community service during the school year are eligible to receive a notation on the transcript.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

All students are expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity while in attendance at University High School and each student signs an Academic Honesty Contract. Students are expected to do their own work. This includes test taking, homework, class assignments and the creation of original essays, compositions, term papers and scientific research.

Curriculum

University High School offers a rigorous academic curriculum. The majority of classes are offered at the College Preparatory level. Honors and Advanced Placement courses can be taken when students meet specific grade requirements and have a teacher’s recommendation. There are six class periods during the regular school day. Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Pageantry, Color Guard, UHS Choir, Madrigals, Tech Theatre and Advanced Theatre Productions are offered as seventh period classes. The Irvine Unified School District’s minimum credit requirements for high school graduation are listed below. In addition, students must pass both the English Language Arts and Mathematics portions of the California High School Exit Exam.
English* 40 Science 20 World Language or Visual/Performing Arts 10 Physical Education 20
Mathematics
)Algebra 1 or higher)
20 Social Science 30 Health 5 Additional courses & electives 70
*10 credits of ELA 1 and 10 credits of ELA 2 will count towards English for graduation.                                                  Total:   215

College Preparatory (CP) Course Offerings by Subject Area

We offer 13 year long Honors courses and 23 Advance Placement courses.  Courses indicated with an asterisk * receive an extra point in the grade point average calculation. Students taking these courses during the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades will be awarded bonus points by the University of California (UC): i.e. A=5, B=4, C=3.

English

English 1
English 1 Honors
English 2
English 2 Honors
English 3
*AP English Language
English 4
*AP English Lit and Composition    
Contemporary Literature
Communications
College Prep. Comp.
(only offered in summer)
Creative Writing
(only offered in summer)
Beg. Journalism
Adv. Journalism

Science

Coordinated Science 1
Coordinated Science 1 Honors
Coordinated Science 2
Coordinated Science 2 Honors
Marine Science
Anatomy and Physiology
*AP Biology
Chemistry
*Honors Chemistry
*AP Chemistry
*AP Environmental Science
Physics
*AP Physics B

Mathematics

Algebra 1 A/B
Algebra 1 C/D
Algebra 1
Principles of Geometry
Geometry
Geometry Honors
Intermediate Algebra 2
Algebra 2
Algebra 2 Honors
Functions, Statistics & Trig.
Pre-Calculus
*Honors Pre-Calculus
*AP Statistics 
*AP Calculus AB
*AP Calculus BC
*AP Computer Science

Social Science

Global Perspectives
Global Perspectives Honors   
United States History
* AP United States History
Political Science
*AP Political Science
Economics
*AP Macro Economics
World History
*AP World History
Psychology
*AP Psychology
The American Experience
Survey of World Religions
Speech and Debate

World Languages   

Chinese 1
Chinese 2
Chinese 3
*Chinese 4
*AP Chinese
French 1
French 2
French 3
*French 4
(not offered 2012-2014)
*AP French
(not offered 2012-2014)
Latin 1
Latin 2
Latin 3
*Latin 4
*AP Latin
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
*Spanish 4
*AP Spanish
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II    

Visual Arts

Multi-Cultural Art
(not offered 2013-2014)
Art Fundamentals
(renamed Art Studio)
Paint. & Draw.
(not offered 2012-2014)
Adv. Painting and Drawing
*AP Studio Art
*AP Art History
*AP 2D Design
Beg. Ceramics
Adv. Ceramics
Photography
(renamed 2D Design)
Adv. Photo
Visual Imagery
Adv. Visual Imagery
Video Production
Adv. Video Production

Performing Arts

Dance Technique I
Dance Technique II
Dance Production
Chorale
(renamed UHS Choir)
Madrigal Singers
Music Technology
Drama I
Drama 2
Adv. Drama
Adv. Theatre Production
Tech Theater
Concert Band
Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Concert Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra
String Orchestra
*AP Music Theory

Business

Virtual Enterprise 

College / University Acceptances

University High School students apply to and enroll at schools that reflect each student’s individual interests and strengths. The following post-secondary campus acceptances were reported by the class of 2013.
Academy of Art
American
Amherst
Arizona State U (Tempe)
Auburn
Augustana College
Azusa Pacific
Babson
Bard
Barnard
Baylor
Beloit
Bennington
Bentley
Binghamton
Biola
Boston Architectural College
Boston College
Boston Univ.
Brandeis
Brooklyn College of the CUNY     
Brown
Bucknell
BYU
Cal Lutheran

California State Universities
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly SLO
Chico
East Bay
Fresno
Fullerton
Humboldt
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Northridge
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
San Marcos
Sonoma

Cal Tech
Cal. Coll. of the Arts
California Maritime Academy
Calvin
Canyon College
Carnegie Mellon
Case Western Res.
Chapman
Clarkson
Clemson
Colby
Coll. of Charleston
Coll. Of William and Mary
Colorado Sch. of Mines
Colorado State
Columbia
Cornell
CUNY– Macaulay Hon. Coll.
Dartmouth
Denison
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7
1
13     
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1
5
3
1
1
9
1
1
2
1
3
1
11
36
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1
3
1
1
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43
39
2
4
2
80
3
48
4
8
1
30
24
13
3
6

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1
1
1
16
9
15
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DePaul
Dominican Univ. Of CA
Drexel
Duke
Duquesne
Emerson
Emory
Eugene Lang. Coll. The New School
Evergreen State
FIDM
Florida State
Fordham
Franklin and Marshall
Furman
Georgetown
Georgia Inst. Of Tech.
Gettysburg
Gonzaga
Gordon
Goucher
Hampshire
Harvard
Harvey Mudd
Haverford
Hillsdale College
Hobart and William Smith Coll.
Hofstra
Hunter College of the CUNY
Indiana Univ./Bloomington
International Christian Uni.
Iowa State
Ithaca
Johns Hopkins
Keio University
Knox
Lawrence
Lehigh
Lehman College of the CUNY
Lewis and Clark
London Coll. of Comm.
London College
Loyola Marymount
Macalester
Marietta College
Marquette
Massachusetts Coll. of Pharm.
McDaniel
McGill
Mercyhurst
Michigan State
Middlebury
MIT
Milwaukee School of Engin.
Montana State
Mount Holyoke
National Taiwan Univ.
New College of Florida
New England Con. of Music
New Mexico Inst. of Mining & Technology     
Northeastern
Northern Arizona
Northwestern
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2
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NYU
Oberlin
Occidental
Oregon State
Otis
Pace
Parsons
Penn State/Abington
Penn State/Univ. Park
Pepperdine
Philadelphia University
Portland State
Pratt Institute
Princeton
Principia
Purdue
Queens College of CUNY
Reed
Rensselaer Poly Inst.
Rice
Rochester Inst. of Tech.
Rose– Hulman Inst. Of Tech.
Rutgers
Saint Louis
Santa Clara
Savannah College of Art/Des.
Sarah Lawrence College
Sch. of the Art Inst. of Chicago     
Scripps
Seattle University
Skidmore
Smith
SMU
Soka University
SMU
Southwestern University
St. Bonaventure
St. John’s Univ.
Stanford
Stony Brook
Suffolk
Swarthmore
Syracuse
Texas Christian University
The George Wash. Univ.
The Ohio State
Tufts
Tulane
U of Aberdeen
U of Alabama
U of Arizona (Tucson)
U of Brighton
U of Bristol

University of California
Berkeley
Davis
Irvine
Los Angeles
Merced
Riverside
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
31      
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5
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12
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64
117
73
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93
101
107
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U of Chicago
U of Cincinnati
U of Colorado (Denver)
U of Connecticut
U of Denver
U of Florida
U of Hawaii
U of Hong Kong
U of Houston
U of Illinois Urbana/Champ.
U of Iowa
U of Maryland
U of Massachusetts/Amherst
U of Massachusetts/Boston
U of Miami (Florida)
U of Michigan
U of Minnesota
U of New Hampshire
U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill     
U of Notre Dame
U of Oklahoma
U of Oregon
U of Penn
U of Pittsburgh
U of Puget Sound
U of Redlands
U of Rochester
U of San Diego
U of San Francisco
U of the Pacific
U of South Carolina
U of Sussex
U of Tennessee
U of Texas, Austin
U of Vermont
U of Tulsa
U of Utah
U of Vermont
U of Virginia
U of Washington
U of Wisconsin
U of York
USC
Union
Vanderbilt
Vassar
Villanova
Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia poly Tech
Wake Forest
Waseda
Washington State
Washington U of St. Louis
Wayne State
Wellesley
Wesleyan
Western Washington
Whittier College
Willamette
Williams
Yale
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2
2
2
3
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2
1
1
11
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5
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18
5
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17
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