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Dennis Hayden
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University City Sr. High School2

University City, MO | St. Louis County

October 7, 2013


After having one daughter graduate last year and go to college, as well as a daughter in her junior year, I've experienced many times when I am so proud to say my kids attended U City schools since kindergarten. I'll try to be brief: 1. The college experience has opened one daughters's eyes to various campuses and areas of studies. 2. The 2013 graduate has found her social skills gained at U City to be a huge benefit in navigating her first semester at college. 3. The teachers are involved, caring and amazingly talented. The coursework rigorous and the options varied. 4. The school community is strong and supportive and the students recognize and appreciate how all kinds of intelligences create a well-rounded school student body.

Submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013


UCHS has so much variety in their extra-curricular activities, it's hard for the kids to choose. Students are busy and happy, there are many, many great teachers, principal is doing an excellent job. Lots of opportunities and support!

Submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013


I love University City Schools, they are very involved with the children, They keep you updated on your childs progress and are more than willing to help any child.

Submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013


This is my second's daughter first year at University City High School and it has been a great start to the school year.

Submitted by a parent

November 15, 2011


I wish i could say that UCHS is a place that i feel safe and comfertable in. I am in my sophmore year at U City and i feel as if they've failed me. Growing up in U City I loved it. I loved my friends, teachers, and my elementary school. But as soon as I became a student at the high school, I wanted to go back to elementary school. The high school has so many problems that it is ridiculous. Over 50% of the students could care less about their education, teachers, or their peers and are not hesitent to let it be known. Your peers will do their best to make you feel unaccepted in the school and only very few teachers show that they care about the students or their education. The school does have its Pros as well. The activities we have could be a better but they are good. I do believe that at one point in time U City was a great school but things change over time. I blame the parents.

Submitted by a student

January 2, 2010


I LOVE MY SCHOOL! By going to u-city I feel prepared to go into the world. I have been exposed to so much culture at u-city and have loved it all. U-city had made so many opportunities for me and I have gotten to work with some of the most amazing teachers and staff! Many teachers and staff have gone out of there way to make sure my high school experience was the best it could be! I would suggest U-city to any one who loves the arts and wants to feel prepared to face any challenges in life along with taking many great academic courses!

Submitted by a student

September 20, 2009


Public schools are extremely important to their communities as well as to the young people who attend. We should all support them as much as possible.

Submitted by a parent

July 5, 2009


uchs focuses on the students to help them to see the best in them and to grow for the future.

Submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009


University City High School is a place where the student who wants to work can get a great education. Opportunities are limitless. Kids whose parents never went to college are giving extra tutorial support, mentoring, college guidance, and help from the time they are freshmen, and we have scores of these students going off to college this fall with great scholarships. This year, our graduates have been accepted to Yale, Vanderbilt, Rice, U of Chicago, Washington U, Stanford, Cal-Berkley, U of Wisconsin-Madison, U of Texas-Austin, U of Redlands, and many other great schools. Opportunities to take Honors and AP classes are open to all, not just those that 'test in', and if a student is failing in AP classes, extra teacher support is available, although no one is given a 'pass' --if a student can't do the harder work despite extra help, the student can opt into an easier class.

Submitted by a parent

February 4, 2009


Ive been to Catholic school, all black Christian school, public school, and several county school but never felt at home until I went to U City. The teachers were helpful and encourage, they made you feel like college was the only option we didnt have a high drop out rate because they did all they could for us. The epitome of the extra mile. I thank my college success to U City.

Submitted by a student

October 4, 2008


Out of most of the schools in the city it's well off, but I always end up in classes I've taken making for a easy year but I'm not specifically learning anything. Diversity is basically none existent but it's doesn't really matter, the teachers are very helpful, and it's a good school in general.

Submitted by a student

October 1, 2008


My son is having an outstanding sophomore year. His teachers are excellent, from Latin to Literature to History to Chemistry (all honors courses on the AP track). Drafting and the other classes are also excellent. The teachers are demanding and have high expectations. This is especially true with writing skills.

Submitted by a parent

October 1, 2008


I dont understand why University City Senior High School ranks a #2. I feel it is unfair they have some of the greatest and careing teacher me as a parent has come across in years. They keep you well informed and truly wants whats best for the students. If I where to rate this school it would get no lower grade than a #9 it is a GREAT SCHOOL!.

Submitted by a parent

August 6, 2008


U.City is a wonderful school. It is one of the schools in the St. Louis area that supports African American youth achievement. The teachers are super responsive and the staff is extremely friendly. If your child is looking for a supportive college bound environment U.City is the right choice.

Submitted by a parent

May 27, 2007


I am a parent of two UCHS graduates. Neither of my children were strong achievers at UCHS. However, they built a foundation that allowed them to excel after high school. Both graduated from college right on time and performed very well in college. They made life long friends there. I think there are two issues -- many of the students arrive ill-prepared for high school, and a number of the teachers have given up. There are great programs for the high and low achievers -- the middle performers can be overlooked. On the whole, if you look at test scores by race, I believe the African Americans do much better at UCHS than most other public high schools in the state, and the caucasian children do well as a group, too.

Submitted by a parent

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