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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
University High School is an above average, public school located in Waco, TX. It has 1,652 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 25% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
25%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1000
97 responses
Average ACT
21
68 responses
AP Enrollment
16%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$37,735
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Median Home Value
$116,600
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
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.99 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.99 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 381 responses
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  • Pep rally
    24%
  • Homecoming week
    19%
  • Football games
    16%
  • Soccer games
    8%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • Volleyball games
    6%
  • Trojan Horse (Talent Show)
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,652
Free or Reduced Lunch
82%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.105 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.105 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.105 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,710
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.2%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.107 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.107 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.107 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,286/ year
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.68 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.68 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.68 responses
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I love my school! the halls and classrooms are always clean. All the teachers are invested in their students and aim to improve every students' learning and personal growth. Dual credit classes are offered starting as a freshman and all expenses are paid for- tuition and textbooks. The cafeteria food is amazing, and free. The coaches are very invested in their players and the players of other sports, as well. The athletic equipment is amazing and useful. All the students have great school spirit- everyone participates in the pep rallies, themed dress up days, and school activities.
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All four years of high school have been great! I am a 4 year basketball player & JROTC cadet. I am a student trainer for the football team. I am also in the top 10% of my class. University High School has a great facility that is only 6 years old. University has great teachers. Some teachers make school more enjoyable than others. I love my classmates of 2018! We have all matured throughout the years at University. The school administration could try a little harder to make the high school experience a little less boring. I would like to see a change in the cafeteria food. Most of the food looks nasty, and sometimes tastes horrible. My classmates and I look forward to Wednesdays because it's chicken nugget day.
Walking into University for the first time I honestly could say that I had mixed emotions. I was truly not ready for the huge jump and step in my life that i had just walked into. 3 weeks into my freshmen year and I already know that this school will come with many great memories that I will always look back on for a lifetime. The teachers, the staff,and the upperclassmen have all contributed to this school as feeling like my home now. I love my school!