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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
University City High School is a highly rated, public school located in San Diego, CA. It has 1,868 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.

University City High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1220
433 responses
Average ACT
28
134 responses
AP Enrollment
40%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$84,425
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,099
National
$949
Median Home Value
$583,191
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.52 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.52 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 167 responses
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  • Spirit Weeks
    17%
  • Senior Disneyland Trip
    16%
  • Homecoming football game
    14%
  • Pep rallies
    14%
  • Homecoming dance
    8%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • Grad Nite in the Gym
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,868
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.54 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.54 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.54 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
28:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.4%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.68 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.68 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.68 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,540/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.71 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.71 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.71 responses
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My experience with University City High School has been quite the journey. I transferred to the high school my sophomore year due to my old school shutting down. Initially, I resented the school and did not want to be apart of any activities due to my grief of my old school closing. I did not take challenging courses and did not actively seek to make new friends. This led to me having a bad experience during my first year. However, my junior year I took rigorous classes where I learned valuable information from great teachers. I made more friends and became more involved with going to school events. Fast forward to my senior year and now I cannot picture going back to my old high school. I greatly appreciate my school's diversity and the wide range of classes that are offered. For anyone in the San Diego area, I recommend attending this high school.
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I attended University City High School all four years and I loved it. It is in a very safe neighborhood and I have never felt I was in danger there. In addition to this, UCHS offers many challenging courses, such as APs, honors, advanced, and pathway courses. I personally participated in several AP and honors classes, as well as the Project Lead the Way: Biomedical Sciences pathway. I have learned so much from these experiences and truly feel that I have gained a high-quality education from this school.
My experience attending University City High School was a great one. For the most part, all of the staff and faculty are extremely helpful whenever they can be, which is very important to the success of a school. However, a few of the teachers I had throughout my high school experience made my classes much harder than they should have been. So, if I had to change anything about the school, I would have it be to get teachers who know what they’re doing and taking their career seriously because the success or failure of the students are a reflection of the teacher.