School Details

University City High School

6949 Genesee Avenue, San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 457-3040
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1852 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • This school in 2013
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

University City High School is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of University City High School is Jeff Olivero and can be contacted at jolivero@sandi.net. 1,852 children attend University City High School and identify primarily as Filipino; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 8% of the University City High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 51% of the 1,852 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at University City High School is 22:1. Torah High Schools of San Diego 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
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 9% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 13%
Hispanic 36% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 25%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 19% 9%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 129055%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 63%
Limited English proficiency 8% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter is a junior during the 2013/2014 year. We have been very pleased with the challenges presented by the AP and honor classes and the growth in the music program and the tremendous experiences available in sports for both girls and boys. Parents are incredibly involved in both the music and athletic scenes and we plan to send our youngest daughter here as well.

  • (11 months ago)

    We just transferred to the SDUSD and weren't sure what to expect. My child did well in middle school and is doing well as a freshman. My child is adv classes and the Biomed pgm but still wishes the classes faster paced.My child does wish that some teachers would actually teach and not rely on handouts. I like the fact that football doesn't over shadow campus life or other sports. I like the fact the school has a diverse student body. So far we like the school but we have 3 more years.

  • (2 years ago)

    UC High was and still after more than 20 years a great school. If this is real and I am very sure this is a result of real public investment in education. We must focus on these facts. 20 years ago UC High was a great school and now still a great school. Whatever people say it will not change my idea of good public investment in education dedication and commitment of the people who work to keep this great school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers look just nice but they are not very supportive and caring. I was very disappointed.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am grateful for the education that l received at UC it really helped to make into a successful adult.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter transitioned into this school the latter part of last year. She has found the school culturally challenged. To say it clearer diversity is not embraced by the staff or the students. For this reason my child who is in the GATE/SEMINAR program at UCHS does not feel her experience is the best. As a parent I can say that I agree with her because my experience has been quite questionable. If you are minority seeking a great school for your son or daughter you might want to think twice before you enroll your child at this school. FYI the best teacher ranks okay and the worst is clearly one who does not offer encouragement to the student. In summary we as her parents have come to realize that this is not the best place for our child to be.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is in 10th grade. For the first time in many years he is experiencing success as he deals with issues of being a Seminar student lacking motivation to succeed. He had the chance to switch schools early last year but decided that this school was providing for him with what he needed to succeed. I agree! Teachers understand his needs and work to support him not to demean him. They work with his strengths not against them. My son thrives because of their support.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child attended this school for her freshmen and sophmore year. It was a good social environment but the teachers were not involved enough and the students all came from drug backrounds. It wasnt a good place to put my child in.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in seminar. He chose this school. The teachers are wonderful and the staffs are very helpful. This school has a wide variety of people and he likes the diversity. He's also enjoying his sports program. I'm very happy with his decision.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great Teachers great Principle great location and most of all great students!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my kids first year attending this school as a junior. My kid loves the classes and teachers. It is refreshing to see teachers that are passionate about there subjects. My kid has made friends with kids that are black Asian Hispanic and white. I feel that the diversity of the school reflects our society. I feel that schools should reflect the society not the neighborhood because that is what we will educate them for the real world and it is not all middle class & white.

  • (6 years ago)

    My little Elizabeth is in her second year here and i am glad i got her in to this school because of the core classes she is signing up for the cheer team this year and she loves it. I think they should have a bigger variety of fun classes because they need stuff like that to make school fun. I have seen the campus and i think they need new grass for the fields but that can be taken care of.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school my son is attending and he says its wonderful it just needs a little more extra eativitie and its almost perfect.

  • (6 years ago)

    UC is located in a good middle to upper middle class neighborhood but has a surprising amount of crimes commited on campus. My child often feels unsafe at UC. This school offers a great AP program and has one of the best track and field teams in the county however the athletic field is in the worst condition of any of the 15 campuses I've visited. The school needs a new track field pole vault pit fields re-sodded and lighting installed for night football games.

  • (7 years ago)

    I enjoyed the rigorous academics but was disappointed to not have to opportunity to be in choir. There is no choir and little few band music and drama activity. Emphasis put on AP and honors classes rather than extra curriculars and lower level classes. definitely not a well rounded education.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had a student at this school for the last 7 years. The quality of the academic and extracurricular programs at UC have suffered because of a failed district discipline policy that allows students to commit criminal offenses up to three times before that student can be suspended more than five days or recommended for expulsion. How long are parents going to be content with standards that deal in shades of mediocrity? When discipline returns to the campus education can start. Until then all of the well intentioned efforts of the administration and staff amount to little more than a district-wide experiment in babysitting. Don't misunderstand The teachers are making a valiant effort but they should not have to babysit and teach.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall UC is a great school. However like all good things there is a bad. As a student I have encountered both good and poor teachers. The Principle is one of the greatest I've met. He interacts with students and does his job very well. He is even considered 'cool' by many students. Basically like all schools if the student is willing to learn the classes are wonderful. UC is fun for the students as well as being a great learning facility.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is a 9th grader at UC. He informs me that the often the classes are unruly and it makes it difficult to hear/learn. He has also had a few problems with theft. On the other hand the teachers and counselors have been responsive to requests and are good at communication.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm rating these based on a student in the lower track. Scores are higher for my children on the more advanced track. Teachers were not in place until the end of October/beginning of November. Many of the teachers were new and lacked experience. Shouldn't struggling students have the most experienced teachers?

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter is a senior this year and has enjoyed her high school years in terms of the academics. She had a lot of choices with AP classes. Most of the teachers are very supportive and set good role models. There is an active educational foundation in which the parents and community are involved with the school. The athletics leave a lot to be desired in the way of integrity of the selection process.

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