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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is a top rated, public, charter, magnet school located in Orem, UT. It has 393 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 36 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
940 W 800 S
Orem, UT 84058
Telephone
(801) 863-2222

Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
77%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1300
13 responses
Average ACT
27
170 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$56,376
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$903
National
$949
Median Home Value
$215,200
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 52 responses
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  • School Dances
    29%
  • Falcon Fridays
    15%
  • Wednesday Lunch Time Activities
    13%
  • Doughnut eating contest
    10%
  • Pie Eating Contests
    10%
  • Ice Skating in January
    8%
  • Darude-Sandstorm huddle at the end of every dance
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
393
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
3%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
36:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,300
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.2%
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 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
$7,045/ year
National
$12,239
28%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) Reviews

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As stated on the UCAS website,
"The Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is a specialized, magnet public high school that provides an unconventional educational opportunity for high school students who are greatly motivated. UCAS provides a curriculum with emphasis in STEM (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology). UCAS works closely with Utah Valley University (UVU) allowing students who have the interests, ability, and desire to move through their formal schooling at an accelerated rate.

UCAS provides an atmosphere that promotes learning. Teachers are skilled in curriculum development and delivery along with research-based methods. Teachers and administrators carefully plan the curriculum and assessment that align with the Utah state core."
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Utah County Academy of Sciences, or UCAS, is an incredible school that focuses on helping students achieve high goals, realize their potential, and be prepared for the challenges of life.
The school is partnered with Utah Valley University (which is conveniently across the street from UCAS) and allows students the chance to take college level classes before they have even graduated High School. Most students who go there are able to receive their Associates Degree before they have officially graduated High School.
The teachers are all very passionate about their subjects and know how to get the class enthusiastic about what they are learning. The faculty also makes it a point to work closely with each student one on one to help the students make the most of their combined high school and college experiences while at UCAS.
I loved UCAS! I loved the culture of learning and the fast paced academics. Having my Associates degree has given me a lot of peace of mind and also has helped me get into college. My only complaint is that it is a small school which sometimes creates lots of drama. However, I overcame this and developed a group of friends who still keeps in contact after graduating two years ago.