School Details

University Preparatory School

16925 Forrest Street, Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 243-5940
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 983 students 24 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
  • Victor Valley Union High 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Victor Valley Union High 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Victor Valley Union High 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
  • Victor Valley Union High 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Victor Valley Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

University Preparatory School is a public high school in Victorville. The principal of University Preparatory School is Valerie Hatcher, whose e-mail is vhatcher@vvuhsd.org. 983 children attend University Preparatory School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 3% of the University Preparatory School students are "limited in English proficiency." 59% of the 983 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at University Preparatory School is 24:1. Victor Valley High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 21%
Asian 9% 2%
Hispanic 56% 49%
Filipino 3% 1%
Unspecified 3% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 21%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 15146%
Multiracial 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59% 58%
Limited English proficiency 3% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    University Prep is the best middle school/ high school in the High Desert. They hold their students to a high standard and if they don't make it they are assigned back to the District Middle School they belong to. The Academic Program is rigorous and exacting. As their motto says "Excellence is expected!" Besides that the school is a safe haven. Nobody is marginalized or ostracized because of their ideas opinions or thoughts. They can be themselves without fear of judgement. It is an ideal school to nurture individuality in the children. I am so happy that my daughter goes to this school - she is thriving and everyday she looks forward to going. I highly recommend this school for those who transfer to the High Desert. The only drawback is acceptance is done by lottery and then the kids are evaluated based on their conduct and discipline track record as well as their grades. Really really tough school to get into.

  • (10 months ago)

    I think that if you are looking for a high quality education that challenges you greatly you should attend this school. I am a former student of seventh grade and some of eighth grade and I can say that the teachers really do care about you and the classes are challenging. With all the skills you developed from the hard work of the academic challenges here you practice those skills even more and you will use all of those skills in the future for college. It may seem that from a student's point of view the teacjers can be cruel and embarass you in front of the class but if you would attend an ordinary middle or high school most teachers are just waiting for their paychecks to arrive. It appears that at this school teachers are waiting for their students' college acceptance letters to arrive when they are in the twelfth grade at this school. I think the classes and academics here are great. The athletic programs here challenge you just as much as the academics. This is a great school! If you are looking for something challenging that will lead you to success and a bright future you should come to University Preparatory School.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a feeling that students who made a bad comment on this site were people who got kicked out because they were not able to achieve the GPA requirement. Few days ago I spoke to one of the parents whose kid is still there. She said that half of her kid's class were kicked out because they couldn't handle the rigorous training. My kid just got accepted and 'am looking forward bringing my kid in there everyday! )

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are great so are most of the administration. But the school has a lot of discrimination and it s not racial or sexist. The school is run by the popular kids I know that sounds really stupid but its true. I attend U.P. since 7th grade and if your popular you ll get away with a lot but if you re not good luck. There is also the lack of extracurricular classes. To get into a good college you need to be more than grades and at U.P. thats all you ll be is grades. There also might not be fights but kids get bullied verbally and nothing usually gets done about it. The school is great from the outside but from a students point of view I hated it being at U.P. sucked and I am a great student. I loved the teachers and most of the students but this school gets put last with funding and the staff has to work with basically nothing. U.P. is no better than Victor High or Apple High its a normal high school but the kids hide the bad things they do so much better. U.P. is not exempt from sex in the bathrooms or getting high there either. U.P. has bad kids too none of them get caught though. So don t send your kid here just because its safer because it s really not.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a senior here at UPHS and I LOVE IT!! I have been attending here since 7th grade and I have enjoyed it a whole lot. The teachers are all great and they alway want to see us succeed I enjoy the enviorment and just like it over all. I encourage parents to give it a chnace and try to get there children to come here im sure they will like it as much as I do. yOUR THE BEST YOUT THE BRIGTHEST GO JAGS!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    The worst thing about this school is the location...and the fact that the VVUHSD refuses to put any $ into improving the site because they don't have to. The kids at UP are for the most part self motivated bright kids who are planning on attending college after high school. I LOVE the uniforms and fact that rules are enforced. There is no gang banger slackers because that garbage is not tolerated. Two thumbs up for UP students staff and leadership. I would highly recommend this school as an alternative for those who want their kids to learn in an environment that encourages kids to strive for more than mediocrity.

  • (2 years ago)

    The best thing about UP are the teachers. Everything else is mediocre even the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is good for "C"s students but for "A" students is bad because they don't have honor roll. Also the have just a few electives......My son is an exelente student and I prefered to take him to a more chalinge school.

  • (3 years ago)

    this school is the best ever nice school kids are smart and no crime at all. i am proud to be a student at UP

  • (3 years ago)

    thank's to everybody my two boy's are very proud to be UP students and I'm sure they are protected and dedicates to learning. The Principal is a great person and really smart she knows the students needs and always she is in action! well I'm very glad my sons are in UP. thank's again and God Bless Everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school so much! And all the teachers are amzing and will give you extra help with anything you need. I truly think they care more about the students and go even more above and beyond then teachers at other schools. And the office staff is GREAT! EVeyrone is very friendly and encouraging. Plus we have sports drama tons of clubs cheer flag team amazing music programs and so much more!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is no better than Lakeview.This school just does better at keeping their problems under raps.GO LAKEVIEW=]

  • (4 years ago)

    My wife and I are retired educators. Currently two of our grand-daughters are attending this school. We like the selectivity process which admits students who want to be there; we also like the uniform policy. In general teachers appear to be above-average. We are especially impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the orchestra instructor and his superb orchestral program and by the exemplary efforts of the English Department. Both of our grand kids are excited about being there and while they complain about the work they wouldn't have it any other way. Their positive attitude reflects favorably upon the entire school staff and the institutional philosophy. The school now has a sports program and offers other after-school activities. We highly recommend the school to any parents interested in providing their children with an excellent education. Thank you University Prep and Staff!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is overrated. My daughter was repeatedly bullied by the same student and it was not handled properly. So much for a zero tolerance policy. She transferred to Hook and was behind 3 chapters in the same math book! UP seems to be behind with academics as well.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been a parent at UPS since it opened back in 2005. My son is a senior now in the 1st graduating class at UPS. I have mixed feelings about his schooling because this senior class has been the guinea pig of the school being the 1st class of each new grade each year. The school administrators finally realized that the students need more than just academics to get into the best colleges. They need athletics clubs and other extracurricular activities. All-in-all it's been a challenge as a parent but I feel the school has come a long way. I'm proud of my son and the job that the staff has done at UPS. Just remember as with anything new it's up to parents to be a voice in their child's school to make changes and as always keep on your kids to do well in school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son originally wanted to attend Riverside Univerisity but was put in a waiting list so he ended up attending UP. After 5 month I received a letter that he could go and take a test to get into Riverside but by then my son was so happy with UP he said he would not wan to leave. Over all I am very happy with the school and most teachers. As a perent I just love the uniforms!!! Great idea.

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school ! Everything's great the staff and students are so friendly . Which made it easy for my child to adjust to the new school But my child is currently having issues with a teacher and unfair punishment .

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the no nonsense attitude about their discipline policies and dress code. My daughter can go to school and focus on her education instead of worrying about the drama that goes along with over crowded regular high schools. I love that you have to meet the standards of UP in order to attend this school. It weeds out all the kids that don't care about why they are at school....For the purpose of an education and to get a great start when college comes around. Thank you University Preparatory!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    University Prepatory School is the best school in academics. It has a great learning environment for the kids. The teachers provide tutoring for the kids that need help. The teacher also encourage the students to try their best in everything that they do.

  • (5 years ago)

    I recommend this school to all parents who desire an academic environment that has minimal distractions from learning! This school has done something to improve each year my son has attended. The sports program was necessary and appreciated. This is the first year for seniors. Hurray! Now I would like to see the arts enhanced. My son likes to draw and by the looks of some students there are definitely kids that would benefit from a drama department. Reaching all learners will keep the school fresh and effective.

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