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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
University High School is a top rated, public school located in Irvine, CA. It has 2,558 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
About University High School...
Address
4771 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Telephone
(949) 936-7600
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University High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
74%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1380
462 responses
Average ACT
31
361 responses
AP Enrollment
37%

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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+
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$121,531
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,177
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,310,405
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.44 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 148 responses
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  • Spirit Night!
    19%
  • Club Kick Off
    18%
  • Office Hours
    12%
  • Sporting events
    11%
  • Spirit rallys
    11%
  • Musicals
    11%
  • Plays
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,558
Free or Reduced Lunch
15%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,621
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.61 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.61 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.61 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
$13,980/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses
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I was a recent alumni at University high school. The school has stellar academics and resources. However, many sports at the school are often overlooked and underfunded, resulting in poor performances. Even though the players and their talent is good, they are often not funded enough to make an impact. The visual arts such as band and orchestra are also lacking in funds, despite having some of the best players, which hinders their ability to purchase better equipment and perform better shows, despite being talented. Despite this, many teachers, especially those that teach the juniors and seniors, are absolutely amazing and have an amazing grasp of the subject at hand and are willing to help with any problem, academic or non-academic.
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I loved going to University! I'm a senior, and today is my last day. I am eternally grateful for my 4 amazing, exciting high school years. Teachers and administration at UHS are truly amazing, supportive, and patient. I've never had a bad teacher here. Students are very nice...there is a wonderful sense of community. UHS's advanced courses and wide range of electives, as well as special education program prove that students learn at their own pace. In my classes, we did lots of hands-on, engaging learning. UHS has an AMAZING athletics program as well as fine arts. We also have an outstanding club called Best Buddies, where students who join are paired up with special needs students and hang out with them, and even go on field trips! I am very excited for the next 4 years I will be spending at Harvard in Massachusetts. There are so many fun events here, and most importantly, Trojan pride.
The work environment and subculture are quite stressful, however, most teachers are sincere and care about their students and their futures. The workload is the same as other IUSD schools, but the aura of the students is competitive and stress inducive. Teachers prepare students for the work they will face if ever they choose to enter university/college. If you focus on yourself instead of minding those around you, you will be in a better state of mind. You will be doing you and others a favor.