University of Illinois High School is a top rated, public, alternative school located in Urbana, IL. It has 324 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1.
University of Illinois High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 27 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
University of Illinois High School Reviews
Uni High was a unique experience in every sense of the word. The first thing someone entering the building would pick up on would be disorder. The lockers are all strewn wide open, the walls are covered in thousands of handprints from a hundred years of alumni, the din of whooping students scattered and clumped throughout the hallways. It’s a different experience for sure, and as a whole I would say I really appreciated my time there. At the same time, it’s far from perfect. The teachers are amazing at what they do, instilling a deeper understanding and sharing their passion with students. The students are also a great mix of bright and talented people, each with their own skills. However, the way classes are taught don’t prepare students for AP exams, and being surrounded by bright talented students can be demoralizing sometimes. At the same time, Uni always challenged me to be better, and I have no regrets about spending my high school years there!
Uni High is a great school for driven students. Our selective admissions and tough curriculum make it extremely competitive, and our school community is proud of the effort we put in to reach those high standards. Our teachers place a lot of trust in us, both in academic integrity and an open-campus policy. I think perhaps our greatest failing is when the students' competitive nature becomes toxic to the overall community - something our counselors work to address. Addressing mental health problems caused by stress is also a big part of our school's movement to address problems with the uber-ambitious attitude held by a lot of students. Overall, succeeding (and still staying sane) here can be a challenge, but with a good support system it's one I'm proud to be a part of.
Uni has a unique culture comprised of kids who are motivated by learning and an atmosphere of trust and respect – which is why all of the lockers are left wide open. The community is small and close-knit, and brought together by beloved school traditions like the winter party, dodge ball tournament, and Agora week. Overall, it is a work-intensive and competitive environment. Uni became my home over the past four years and I will miss it.