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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
University High School is a top rated, public school located in Tucson, AZ. It has 1,056 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 93% in reading.
Address
421 N. Arcadia Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Telephone
(520) 225-6060
Website

University High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
93%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1350
339 responses
Average ACT
30
203 responses
AP Enrollment
70%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$37,973
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$772
National
$949
Median Home Value
$132,200
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 154 responses
Report
  • The Senior Mock Election Debates.
    27%
  • Inaugural
    19%
  • Boost
    14%
  • Green Elephant Sale
    14%
  • U of A Band Day
    7%
  • Football half-time shows
    7%
  • Graduation
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,056
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,389
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.61 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.61 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.61 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,065/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.63 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.63 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.63 responses
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I love my experience so far at University High School. Not only does this school challenge me academically, but socially too. University High School offers rich extracurricular courses such as: performing arts, debate club, local service outreaches and more! The students who attend University High School are outstanding classmates who push you to be the best you. The teachers at this school are some of the most helpful and kindest people you will ever meet. I would love for University High School to be able to have a separate campus, because our student number is rising and we are at maximum student capacity right now. Other than that, my high school is one of the best, nationally ranked at number 13, and my second home.
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University High School provides a challenging and unique learning environment to prepare students for college. University High offers an abundant amount of Advanced Placement classes and opens students to new experiences, potential areas of study, as well as college credit. The teachers at UHS are qualified and love the jobs they have, which enables the student to enjoy learning more and come to a teacher if they're ever in need. The social structure at University High is very open and supportive amongst students. Although the school environment itself is very competitive, it more encourages beating one's own records and trying to improve oneself rather than win over other students. UHS provides many challenges in time management, as well as working together in clubs and on teams, and working to improve oneself in academics. These provide a dynamic school experience that leaves students proud to be a University High Penguin.
Deciding to go to University High School was the best decision I could have made! Coming from a small middle-school I wasn't sure what to expect, but I can't imagine going anywhere else. The academics are the best part of the school; I've never experienced such eagerness to learn and such unwavering dedication between teachers and students. At UHS, your thoughts are valued and wanted; every day you get to contribute to your class and learning experience in a positive way. I never thought that I would feel as appreciated in my education as I do at UHS; teachers genuinely want to hear your thoughts and ideas, and are committed to enriching your learning environment and experience. Although the facilities are not the most glamorous, the welcoming and intellectual environment that exists at UHS is priceless. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend UHS and can't wait to see where my education takes me!