Some 99 percent of the students who graduate from University High go on to college. Our rigorous standards are designed for bright and conscientious students who want to participate actively and work responsibly in an open, creative atmosphere.
Housed in a modern building in the center of campus, U-High has 50 faculty members, all specialists in their disciplines, and 450 students. Rowley, U-High's library, hold 40,000 volumes, a collection equal to that of many colleges. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors also have access to Regenstein Library, the main University library.
Our goal is to graduate students who have the intellectual capacity to acquire, analyze, and communicate complex knowledge, and can use the methods of various disciplines to pose and solve problems for themselves. Our students develop these skills through rigorous coursework, lively class discussions, and independent research and writing, relying on original source materials and multiple texts.
U-High's demanding curriculum emphasizes analytical reading, writing, research, and strong mathematical skills. Students take five to seven courses per quarter. Many take advanced placement courses, and some qualify for college courses at the University of Chicago.
Our students choose from a wide variety of activities, clubs, special interest groups, and service organizations. We encourage them to become involved, explore their interests, and develop social and leadership skills. At the same time, we advise students to be selective; a genuine commitment to one activity is more rewarding than passive membership in several.
All of our students are required to work on a community service project of their choice. Other leading campus activities include journalism, student government, drama, Model United Nations, music, film-making, photography, the environmental club, and the math team.
Students also enjoy abundant opportunities to take part in interscholastic and intramural sports - girls, boys, or co-ed. Each year, U-High fields some 14 different sports, including baseball, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.