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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
University High School is a top rated, public school located in Tolleson, AZ. It has 465 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

University High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
125 responses
Average ACT
27
111 responses
AP Enrollment
94%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$42,935
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$900
National
$949
Median Home Value
$162,400
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 89 responses
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  • Poetry night hosted by the NGC club
    20%
  • I love spirit week and pep rallies
    18%
  • Club events hosted by several clubs together
    16%
  • All school assemblies
    15%
  • Football games
    10%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
465
Free or Reduced Lunch
47%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$52,078
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.9%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.51 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.51 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$7,308/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses

University High School Reviews

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I love most of the teachers here! The teachers are well qualified and you truly learn from the best. It is true; the workload is intense. University High School is for students who aren’t lazy and are willing to put in the work. I did and everything has paid off! Thanks to the opportunities provided to me and the academic readiness, I will be attending a prestigious out of state college! I’m addition, the class size is small which allows you to know everyone. Everyone who goes here cares about school which is soo nice compared to other schools where students don’t listen and are always on their phones. This school is amazing, but it needs more funding. We need new buildings and money for our individual school needs.
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University High School provides a very rigorous academic program for students. It focuses on college-readiness and providing a challenging curriculum to students who perform well academically. The learning material is usually well taught to students, however some teachers were not as experienced and were somewhat confusing when teaching. University High School relies on the school it shares its campus with, Tolleson Union High School, for most things outside of academics. Tolleson provides good, nutritious food to its students with many options. It has many sports programs, even being one of the few schools in the district to have a swimming pool. However, it does not have a large variety of clubs and where it provides many options for sports, it provides very few for the arts.
Overall I think that university is an okay school. The guidance counselors aren’t the most approachable people, students take drugs to stay awake so they’re able to study longer ( or they just do drugs in general), huge academic dishonesty that is not brought to light, most of the students are stressed and depressed, and the list goes on. But, university is so diverse and I have not seen anyone get bullied in my 2 years of attending, I have made amazing friends who are interested in the same things I am and because we share a campus with tolleson, I’m able to hang out with other groups/cliques. It’s a win-lose situation when it comes to classes, I can take the same classes at Tolleson with less work but the pressure is what makes or breaks students into becoming independent and productive college students. The teachers are kind of a hit or miss as well, some of them are so rude and unbearable ( usually AP teachers) but some of them are nice and unforgettable.