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.
Address: 2825 W. 116th St., Carmel, Indiana 46032
Phone: (317) 733-4475
Q&A with University High School:
What makes University High School unique?
As we enter our second decade, University High School has become a premier college preparatory school in Central Indiana. Signature programs like one-to-one mentoring, daily community meetings, and January Term create the unique culture of our school; our faculty are recognized as leaders in their content areas and in the practice of education; and several schools, some much older than us, are looking to University for inspiration in an increasing complex educational landscape. And, to aid in all our work, University has a tremendous asset: its heart.
The entrepreneurial spirit that founded University is as alive today as it was at the school’s inception. We continue to blaze new trails centered on the idea of student engagement. Our alumni consistently speak of how well-prepared University made them, for college and for life. And, most importantly, University’s consistent focus on reflection and personal growth remains the driving force behind our ability to change, to adapt, and to grow. Our journey into being has been remarkable, and the potential for our future is tremendous.
What is University High School’s age/grade range?
University High School serves students in grades 9-12.
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
University High School evaluates applicants based on both their academic abilities and their character. We consider student maturity, attitude toward learning, and behavior. We also seek evidence of independence, involvement, and concern for others.
We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. There are two upcoming application deadlines for priority consideration. After these dates, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
– Early Admission Deadline (No Application Fee!) — Nov. 1, 2020
– Regular Admission Deadline ($50 Application Fee) — Dec. 15, 2020
Visit the “How to Apply” page of our website for application requirements and submission instructions.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes! University High School is committed to making its premier educational program accessible to all students.
We recognize that a University education is a sacrifice made by every family, regardless of tuition level, and we strive to keep tuition as low as possible while continuing to provide a high-quality, student-centered experience. The generosity of University donors subsidizes the cost of attendance for all students, and 71% of students in the 2019-20 school year received some form of need-based or merit aid.
What are the standard school day hours?
University High School’s standard school hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Does University High School offer before/after school care? Does University High School offer afterschool activities?
There is no formal before/after care, but our campus is typically open to students from 7:20 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many students participate in athletics and extracurriculars before or after school.
Is there a uniform or dress code?
University High School does not require uniforms. There is a minimal dress code that is drawn, in part, from our core values.
How many children attend University High School? How many students are in the average classroom?
University High School’s student enrollment is currently 339. Our class size average is 18.
Does University High School have a homework policy?
While University High School does not have a formal policy on homework, our teachers do assign homework to reinforce classroom learning and support understanding.
Does University High School offer support for students with special needs?
Our Learning Support Services (LSS) program provides academic support for students who have been diagnosed with learning differences or for students who use academic accommodations as per their IEP or 504 Plan.
What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does University High School offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?
In addition to our core subjects, University High School offers a wide range of elective courses, including selections in the fine and performing arts, computer science, technology, business, service, and more. We also offer an independent study program and a Research Scholars program for motivated upperclassmen.
Our extracurricular offerings are comprehensive as well, and most activities at University High School are inclusive. This means that anyone who wants to participate will get the experience of being part of the team or club. We offer 17 IHSAA sports and more than 50 clubs and affinity groups. Some of our school’s most popular clubs and affinity groups are Model United Nations, FIRST Robotics, Black Affinity, Stewardship Club, and Games Club.
What extra safety measures is University High School taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Over the summer months, University High School refined its processes and daily schedule to support movement between three potential scenarios – completely on-campus learning, completely off-campus synchronous e-learning, or a hybrid of on-campus and e-learning. Our faculty has participated in continuous professional development, adding tools and skills for managing all teaching and learning scenarios.
The 2020-21 academic year began in the hybrid-learning model on Monday, August 17, 2020. The student body is divided into two cohorts that currently alternate on-campus learning and synchronous e-learning on a weekly basis. All students, whether on campus or in e-learning, engage in the classroom and community through technology that includes microphones, cameras, large wall or stand-mounted monitors, and a combination of Zoom meetings, student-produced Twitch broadcasts, and Google Classroom.
About 10% of University students who have special circumstances participate in classes and the community by 100% e-learning. For these e-learners, the school delivers materials as diverse as art supplies and frog dissection kits to their homes.
University’s plans and practices are designed to mitigate risk for COVID-19 in the school community and meet or exceed recommendations by the CDC, Indiana Department of Education, and health departments in the counties where students live. When on-campus, all faculty, staff, and students are required to submit daily self-screening, wear masks, observe physical distancing, and follow best-practice handwashing guidelines. Visitors to the campus, which are minimized at this time, are also required to observe these requirements.
Who should parents contact for more information about University High School?
For more information or to schedule a personal tour, please contact our admission office. You can reach Nancy Webster, Director of Admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 120 or at [email protected]. And you can reach Taylor Newell, Director of Admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 121 or at [email protected].