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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 396 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 36 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
About Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS)...
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
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1300
13 responses
Average ACT
27
188 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$58,077
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$947
National
$949
Median Home Value
$229,800
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
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 63 responses
Report
  • School Dances
    29%
  • Falcon Fridays
    17%
  • Wednesday Lunch Time Activities
    11%
  • Doughnut eating contest
    10%
  • Pie Eating Contests
    8%
  • Ice Skating in January
    8%
  • School Wide Turkey Bowl
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
396
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
3%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
36:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.8%
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.46 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.46 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.46 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
National
$12,239
26%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses
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Utah County Academy of Sciences (UCAS) Reviews

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Ucas is an overall excellent school! While their sports and clubs are nonexistent, they prepare you for college better than any other high school in the state, have excellent academics, and awesome resources through UVU. I currently have 76 college credits that I took on UVU’s campus for a fraction of the price. Each credit is only 5$. Because I am from a poorer background, it has been a blessing to get 2 years of college out of the way for cheap. The faculty is also very good. The professors often have a PhD and they teach accelerated courses that push students to perform their best.
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I appreciate the desire teachers have to see students succeed, but I believe they mistake a heavy workload for a good learning experience. I did not feel like I mastered any topics, but simply learned them for the test and homework and moved on as quickly as possible. In some classes, I feel like we barely covered anything of value. In English, we did not study grammar or vocabulary and my writing skills were neither expounded nor fined tuned by my teacher. I came to learn and instead I felt that I was being bombarded with busy work. There were some classes where I learned and grew, but I would say those classes are exceptions.
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."