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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
University Laboratory School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Honolulu, HI. It has 437 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1200
82 responses
Average ACT
26
35 responses
AP Enrollment
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$73,447
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,494
National
$949
Median Home Value
$713,300
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 70 responses
  • Prom
    23%
  • Pa'ina or sister school visits
    20%
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Senior Aloha Ceremony
    13%
  • Music concerts
    11%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
437
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,871
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.1%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,305/ year
National
$12,239
26%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
11%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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University Laboratory School is a research-orientated elementary and high school. Students have the opportunity to be exposed to an alternative and experimentative curriculum. School starts at 7:45 and ends at 3:15 for middle school and high school students. Students are required to take eight classes a day and only have options for what type of music, art, and elective they would like to take. The facilities are extremely poor due to the University across the street having the last approval for many grants and rebuilding plans. Air conditioning, however, has been installed in a couple of the rooms. The teachers are some of the best in the state and are always open to discussion with the students. Going to University Laboratory School creates a family-like atmosphere, so the lackluster facilities don't bother students much (excluding the toilets that don't flush occasionally.)
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At University Laboratory School (ULS) student are given the opportunity to excel. Being a small school allows students to have more one on one time with teachers and allows students to receive more attention if needed. The students at ULS all demonstrate the meaning of aloha, are very welcoming to newcomers, and will be more than happy to be of assistance or provide guidance.
I first began attending ULS in the ninth grade. I was able to participate in sports the summer before school had actually begun which gave me the opportunity to make friends. Playing sports made my transitioning into this school a whole lot easier and led me to the friendships I have today. Although the curriculum was a bit different to what I was used to, the teachers were very helpful and took the time to talk me through the school work and help me adjust.
I believe that no change needs to be done to this school. My experience at ULS has been very enjoyable and has allowed me to create many great memories.
My school is good at academics and they have been improving in the athletics program. This school is made for kids who don't need help with staying on track or need extra motivation. This schools' curriculum is very fast-paced and the teachers don't take extra time to help the students who struggle in their classes. The facilities at this school are mostly outdated (such as the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.) but there were new AC units installed throughout the classrooms in the main buildings. The administration is old-fashioned and needs either new leadership or more diversity. Otherwise, the school is good.