High school only happens once. The four years of high school are some of the most formative, impactful years of a student’s life, so it’s important to choose a school that will make these years count. University High School is a place where your child can truly thrive — academically, socially, and personally.
Don’t just take our word for it. Read testimonials from some real University High School parents, students, and alumni about what makes University such a special place.
Parent Testimonials about University High School
If you are looking for a strong, proven, academic high school with a welcoming community that will help your child be successful, University is the place for you.
It is heartwarming to watch my boys navigate their lives and make decisions about their futures, knowing that the confidence in their abilities and the courage to step out and embrace the world as life-long learners comes in large part from being members of the University community.
University is an all-around school. They are strong in academics while also focusing on community and the students’ individual needs. They take extra time with students to make sure they have future goals and a game plan to reach them. You won’t find this kind of experience and commitment at other schools.
At University, my son had many opportunities to explore his interests. He ran cross country, played baseball, served on the Dance Marathon committee, was a student ambassador for the St. Vincent Sports Awards, was a contestant in Mr. University, took ceramics, learned to cook, joined the Hiking Club, and traveled to Norway (in January). He loved every single experience and learned so much about himself.
University has been the best fit for our family, and I would not hesitate to recommend it. I can’t imagine a more committed, well-prepared, and dedicated group of educators. There’s big heart in this small school.
I leave Back to School Night wanting to go back to high school. University allows kids to be teenagers, to be who they are and learn to accept others as they are, without needing to conform to a mold. There is not as much social drama at this school, which is nice.
Student & Alumni Testimonials About University High School
University makes it so that you can be friends with lots of different people and, as a result, never feel out of place here, no matter what club, sport, Year of Service, class, or group project you’re in. I was always able to find people to be with and genuinely enjoy. I believe that this strong sense of community is incredibly important because, with it, you will truly never be alone.
I’m not sure where else I’ll be able to find such a close-knit community that cares for each other the way we do here. Sure, you may not love everybody in your grade. But if something happens and you’re upset in the hallways, people are there to make sure you’re okay. If a relative passes away, half of the student body will be at the funeral. If you have a big game, there will be friends and faculty there making sure everybody knows who they are rooting for.
Having graduated from Butler University and seen what classes are like in college, I come back to University and see the ways these students are prepared for college and able to have real conversations with their teachers. University’s teachers are invested in their students, and they become a real part of your life. You don’t get that type of relationship anywhere else.
Down the line, when you’re at college, people are going to ask you what high school you went to. And you’re going to say, “Oh, I went to University.” But that can’t be a mere statement of fact. Carry these memories with you. Take the idiosyncrasies and the absurdities and the kaleidoscopic menagerie of people that you came to know, and that you may have liked to know a little better. Don’t discard the last four years—hold on tight.
My hope [as we graduate] is that we can bring parts of University with us. What’s so special about this place is that it’s the students who create the culture. It takes the entire community to build the foundation, but it’s the students who are constantly shaping and redefining what it means to be at University.
In its strongest moments, University was not teaching me dogmatically what to believe, but it taught me how to turn my soul to what I believed was good. I think it was most explicitly encouraged in some of my English classes, like AP English with LaMags and Great Books with Wes, but classes like Drumming, AP Art History, AP Calculus, Genetics, AP Spanish, and even PE/Health taught me to study bright and beautiful things too.