School Details

University High School

12420 East 32nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99216
(509) 228-5240
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1681 students 20 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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93%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Central Valley School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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72%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
86%
87%
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90%
89%
85%

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)

In 2011-2012 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Central Valley School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

5%
16%
19%
60%
57%
35%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Central Valley School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

University High School is a public high school in City of Spokane Valley. The principal of University High School is Daryl Hart. 1,681 children attend University High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 39% of the 1,681 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at University High School is 20:1. Cbe Alternative Programs is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 87%
Hispanic 6% 3%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 38%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student at University (U-high). U-high has an amazing atmosphere. Of course like very other school it has its social groups but almost everyone is so inviting. I am a 4.0 student and most teachers here are incredible! Some are average but a lot of them are just so fun! They really want to help you succeed and have fun while your doing it. Two teachers that I would like to recognize are Mr. and Mrs. Schneider (Not related). Two of the best teachers I have ever had. Mrs. Schneider was pregnant for the better part of the school year and she was still the best teacher I have ever had! She really cares about her students. A very friendly environment and a great school for teens! As for athletics the football team does decently wrestling is constantly at state. Baseball does well and basketball does alright. Our girls tennis team it very talented and our guys team is okay but will do very well in the next 2-3 years. I play varsity tennis and the coach isn't spectacular but the players are amazing! Great school for athletics and extra curriculars!

  • (7 years ago)

    My 3rd child is currently attending UHigh. The academic electives and extracurricular programs offered are excellent. Students are encouraged at every turn to participate in something. College prep classes are also offered. Parent involvement is high and encouraged. Plus UHigh has some very high quality student athletes. As a parent of a varsity GSL football starter and track star I have been quite pleased. The only negative was during my daughter's time there. Teachers were not very concerned about her learning shortfalls. This put enough pressure on her during her 12th grade year to withdraw. She earned her GED 6mo later. Since that time (5yrs ago) things have changed for the better. There are still several teachers & coaches who desperately need to retire. Their math courses need to undergo a change w/less focus on the WASL & more on actual teaching so students can truly comprehend and understand each part.

  • (7 years ago)

    I currently have one child at U-High who simply 'blossomed' when he arrived. Teachers were quick to spot his potential and direct him in areas he might not otherwise have considered. Like every school U-High has its great teachers not-so-greats and its average. To date I have been unimpressed with the quality of science teachers my son has had however in the field of literature I've been quite thrilled for him. Review the math curriculum at this school to see if it meets your child's needs. As for parent support - fantastic! Looking forward to band for my next child in two years. Have been told the instructor is phenomenal! This is a 4 period day and my son has found teachers quite accessible when needed. He thrives under the 4 period day but I admit it might not be for everyone.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good education value.

  • (9 years ago)

    It is a school where students get the most of their education!

  • (9 years ago)

    University High School is a new school but it is too small. There are too many students in the building and therefore everyone s education is suffering. Students do not get any individual help since teachers see so many students per day. The classes are large and taught at a very low level. University High does have good extracurricular activities for a public school but its in school education is poor.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school! Great staff! This is a really nice and I might add 'new' high school. The staff and students are respectful to each other and academic standards are high. The arts department is one of the best in the state with a drama center that is equal to professional quality. Parent involvement is very supportive. School mascott- Titans.

  • (9 years ago)

    There is great opportunity for advanced programs. The debate and drama programs are excellent. Marching band and color guard were activities my children enjoyed. There are many sports but also much competition for leading roles. Parents are very active in this community.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child is currently attending University high school and she is enjoying her peers and some of her teachers. Like any school there are the great teachers who really connect with the students and there are those who should be retiring soon. The after school study program could be a little stronger. It seems like children teens aren't asking for the help they need. The building is beautiful but it could be bigger the number of students is shooting through the roof almost literally! It is a good environment no real bullies healthy food and it's located in a safe neighborhood. Posit the fact that this school is awesome and I encourage new-comers to join U-high!

  • (11 years ago)

    I am a 2000 graduate of University High School. During my 3 years there I recieved an excellent education taught by outstanding teachers. These teachers were in turn lead by a dynamic and progressive administration and counseling staff. Studies have shown the benefits of the four period schedule and the U-High staff and administration work hard to make the most of the advantage. Students have the opportunity to recieve the best education in the city taught in the most modern facility in the area. I highly recommend this school if you are looking to move to the area or transfer schools.

  • (11 years ago)

    I graduated from U-Hi in 1999 and I know that I got the most out of my education there. The teachers are great because they were so unique in their teaching styles. They made the students learn how to deal with their different styles and prepared us for college. I loved my time at U-Hi and will always be thankful for the amazing teachers who taught with personality instead of a dry sense of style. Thank you!

  • (11 years ago)

    The school has a 4-Period day schedule with 80-minute clases which has proven detrimental to learning. There is a 1/2 hour extra period built into the program for 'teacher assistance' but which is generally wasted by both student and admin. Generally average sports program. Excellent new building with modern equipment. Mediocre administration. Some excellent teachers some terrible teachers most are average.

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