A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Address
4771 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Telephone
(949) 936-7600
Website

University High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1390
258 responses
Average ACT
31
229 responses
AP Enrollment
40%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 122 responses
Report
  • Club Kick Off
    20%
  • Spirit Night!
    20%
  • Sporting events
    12%
  • Musicals
    11%
  • Spirit rallys
    11%
  • Office Hours
    10%
  • Plays
    9%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,527
Free or Reduced Lunch
15%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
29:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 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
$10,512/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.58 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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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.
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University High School was a very challenging and competitive school, but students were much better prepared to handle the difficulties they would face in college. The school’s level of difficulty in regards to its classes and curriculum, paved the way for a smoother transition from high school to college. Although the school proved to be mentally exhausting at times, I believe that if I had not attended this high school, I would not have succeeded as much as I have in college. However, the extreme competitiveness of the students made it difficult to believe in yourself and created some self doubt, which is something I would like to see change.
University High School arguably prepares their students for four-year colleges and universities, yet fails to provide critical thinking training for them to become independent thinkers. Students would record and repeat thoughts from teachers and other students, and do well on tests that require direct memorization. Students are not being taught to think creatively or independently – they are peer pressured into going into finance, engineering, law, medicine, and so on. Given that, students often face regrets of not knowing who they are and not pursuing their passions. They need to be free from their parents, teachers, and students’ pressure – and recklessly pursue their own passions without fear of getting judged.