by UHS Students
I chose UHS not just because of its reputation as an academically outstanding school and the structure it provides, which I know personally helps me learn, but because of the independence it offers to students. We see this independence being exercised in our ability to craft our own courses and even design our own studies with the Independent Study program. The art program also really drew me in when I first visited. I saw the drawing and painting room during my Open House tour and immediately loved the relaxing environment. I also enjoyed the prospect of being able to try new activities and pick up new studies. And although I didn’t know it when I was applying, one of my favorite qualities of UHS is its teacher-student relationship. Teachers are always here to help students, and students are all motivated and eager to learn in return. It creates a great learning environment that is rigorous, but at the same time comforting, because we know that people are always around to support us.
– Crystal ’13
Hi, my name is Sky, and I went to Katherine Delmar Burke School. I applied to a few schools, but all I wanted was to get into University High School. When I visited University I saw the funny and dedicated teachers, the passionate students, and all of the amazing opportunities. Now as a Junior I am so happy I made the right choice. I am surrounded by a diverse range of students with the same motivation I have, and it is the best high school experience I could have imagined.
– Sky ’13
I chose UHS because the whole student body is engaged and excited about learning and each teacher is passionate about his or her subject. The community is also very supportive and welcoming.
– Elizabeth ’13
I chose UHS in part because I recognized a community that valued academic engagement, athletic tradition, and extra-curricular excellence in the arts. I was drawn to a school with students who take their work seriously, enjoy learning, and seek to maximize their education while pursuing numerous activities in and outside school. The small school also fosters close relationships among students and teachers.
– John ’12
I chose UHS for the intense level of academic engagement that I saw from the kids and teachers on my visit. Heated but friendly debates during class are the norm, showing that people really care about what their learning about, but come to understand other perspectives as well. People are motivated, but that motivation comes from within, not from competition with peers. I love being in a place where people are invested in what they are learning and the teachers enjoy what they teach.
– Olivia ’12
I chose UHS because on my shadow visit I felt so welcomed into the community. During lunch, my host introduced me to her friends and they all welcomed me into their lunch circle, talking about sports and school and culture. We all had so much in common and there were no silent momemts or a time when I felt excluded. Leaving my shadow, my father picked me up and we went to Laurel Village to get coffee, and the famous words that came out of my mouth were, “I have to go here.” I had no doubt in my mind that this was where I wanted to spend my high school experience.
– Alex ’13
I wanted to attend UHS because of the supportive and nurturing faculty members. From only a few visits and conversations with teachers, I was able to tell how passionate each teacher was about their subject and how determined they were to help their students succeed in and outside of the classroom. After attending UHS for four years, I have seen how accurate I was to think this. Every one of my teachers has never ceased to amaze me with how much time they dedicate to doing whatever they can to support and aid their students. Throughout my time at UHS, my teachers have consistently offered all of their time to helping my after class and going over problems, trying to re-teach them in ways that will make more sense for my individual learning style. The teachers at UHS are aware that not every student learns in the same way and therefore they try every possible method in order to best support each student and help them prosper academically.
– Bridget ’12
I chose UHS versus the other schools I was accepted to because I was looking for a challenge. I wanted to push myself and I realized that UHS would be the best place for my desires to be fulfilled. I also knew that UHS was the school for me after my visit on campus; I fell in love with the school. Even though the stereotypical University is scary, the real one is amazing. UHS is a great place where you are mentally active and challenged everyday—and our athletics are really good, too!!!
– Sam ’13
The freedom. I live in Marin, and for me the city was a whole new territory that I had yet to conquer. Off-campus lunches and the urban environment were appealing to me in the sense that I could have the freedom to explore. To me, this exploration has become a form of education in itself.
– Holland ’12
When I shadowed UHS, I remember being impressed by both the students’ and teachers’ enthusiasm. From the start, I realized that UHS was a school in which students were truly excited about learning. I also observed a close relationship between teacher and student, made easier by the small class sizes, with an emphasis on questions, discussion, and student participation, rather than passive copying off the board. Another element that factored into my decision was the language program. Coming from a French school, I was scared that I would lose some of my French in high school if I were forced to take a beginner French class. The French program, as well as other language programs at UHS, is exceptional. I was even able to take an independent study last semester in which I worked closely with a teacher, reading and writing about the literature written in France after World War II.
– Rhiannon ’13
I chose UHS because of the exceptional mix of academics, arts, and athletics. I wanted a school where I could be academically challenged, learn a new art form, continue to pursue my sport, and develop new interests. I found exactly that at UHS.
– Annelise ’13
I chose UHS because I knew it would be the most challenging academic experience, but I also knew that I would have a strong community to depend on—and to celebrate with—for the most rewarding experiences.
– Natalie ’12
As a transfer student, I honestly wish I could have spent all four of my high school years at UHS. Coming in as a sophomore, everyone was so welcoming and I knew I had made the right choice. I decided to come to University because of the opportunity to work so closely with my peers and teachers and the investment I saw in the classroom from all students.
– Emily ’12