About University

Mission, History, & Facts of University High School

Below please find more information about the mission and core values of University High School, the story of the school’s founding, and stats and facts about the 2016-17 school year.

The University High School Mission

The mission of University High School is to expand the hearts and minds of students and to nurture excellence through academic, creative, and physical achievement.

The University High School Core Values

Those six core values of University High School are as follows:

  • Commitment to excellence
  • Commitment to personal responsibility
  • Creativity
  • Diversity
  • Mutual respect, support, and trust
  • Stewardship

A Brief History of University High School

Motivated by a perceived shortage of independent high school openings for qualified students in the mid-1990s, an exploratory committee comprised of parents from Sycamore School, the Orchard School and St. Richard’s Episcopal School gained funding for a demographic study, began a discovery process, and eventually incorporated as the University High School Board in 1998.

In December of 1998, Chuck and Nancy Webster, from the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, were hired to serve as head of school and admission director respectively, followed closely by Chris and Carolyn Bradley in supporting administrative roles. After eliminating several suggested locations for the school, eighty-five acres on 116th Street was purchased by a limited liability corporation of board members and friends of University. The following year, Susana Bollinger was hired and the process of solidifying a curriculum began in earnest.

In December 1999, Ann Andrews of Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose family foundation had been formed with the idea of supporting new private high schools, made a $1.5 million gift to University that, along with gifts from board members, allowed the school to build four modular classrooms, refurbish existing farmhouses on the property and begin school in the fall of 2000 with 28 students as a first freshman class and ten faculty.

An 18,000 square foot permanent building was ready for the fall of 2001, and a 12,000 square foot addition was added in the fall of 2003. Additionally, neighbor Jill Perelman donated 30 acres directly west of the original property in 2004, making the total University site 115 acres. Finally, in the spring of 2007, Fairbanks Hall opened, eliminating reliance on portable classrooms and becoming the main classroom and administrative facility.

In 2016, University has approximately 50 faculty and staff, more than 300 students, and is in our 17th school year.

 

Type of School Independent, coed, college-preparatory program
Founded 2000
Grades 9-12
Tuition $19,395 for 2016-17 academic year
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Student/Teacher Ratio 11:1
Average Class Size 15-20
Enrollment 302 students in 2016-17
Faculty 50 full- and part-time
Admission Deadline Rolling admission
Campus 115 acres, athletic fields, tennis complex, computer laboratory, theater, music and art facilities
Calendar Two 18-week semesters plus three-week January Term
School Day 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. most days. When school is in session on a Monday, the school day is 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
School Year August 15, 2016 – June 1, 2017
Diversity 30 percent of student body
College Placement 100 percent
Accreditation Independent Schools Association of the Central States, North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
Affiliations National Association for College Admission Counseling, Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association of Independent Schools, Indiana Association of Independent Schools, College Board, Indiana High School Athletic Association
Address 2825 W. 116th St., Carmel, IN 46032
Telephone (317) 733-4475
Head of School Chuck Webster