A high school for students committed to
college success, leadership and community service
The Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE), in partnership with the College of the Sequoias (COS), has established a unique, high-performance high school on the COS campus. University Preparatory High School (UPHS) is a free, public high school chartered by the Tulare County Board of Education which opened Fall 2009.
UPHS welcomes all highly-motivated students looking for an accelerated and rigorous academic program that prepares them for college success. UPHS students will experience their high school years in a college setting, participate in college classes and earn college credits.
UPHS also offers a robust arts program, including drama, dance, music and fine arts. Additionally, students have a growing number of sports options, including soccer, swimming and sports classes available at COS.
Early College Experience
One of the many strengths of University Preparatory High School is the opportunity it provides students to acclimate to college culture and develop the many skills required for college success while they are still in high school. They learn to navigate the complexities of the modern college experience, develop academic and social self-reliance, and effectively implement learning strategies that will serve them well for a lifetime. UPHS students also take a variety of interesting college courses that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students earn college credits in a variety of ways. For example, they may enroll in regular COS courses, take online COS classes, or take articulated high school classes that simultaneously earn both high school graduation credits and transferable college units.
According to many studies conducted by Jobs for the Future, in partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Early College High School Initiative, the early college high school approach is a time-tested method proven to increase academic success and college readiness, as well as successful matriculation to and graduation from institutions of higher learning.
Service for Others
UPHS students work cooperatively on projects for the benefit of others. Sometimes these student-generated service projects are in the form of fundraisers and food or clothing drives for local, national or international communitites at times of need. Other volunteerism and beautification projects serve the needs of the College of the Sequoias community. Through service to others, UPHS students learn the values of leadership, goal-setting, and meaningful participation in civic life. Over 75 clubs on the campus of the College of the Sequoias also provide numerous opportunities for UPHS students to be of service to others.
The educational model for curriculum and instruction at University Preparatory High School is based on these core values:
UPHS is a rigorous college-preparation program. Students interested in attending the school must be prepared to write an essay indicating their interest and willingness to participate in the school’s core learning activities, including high-level academics, leadership and community service.
Students and their parents or guardians will attend an entrance interview that will include UPHS and COS staff members.
All UPHS students will participate in academic courses designed to ensure the development of skills that will prepare them for success in college. UPHS students will participate in a variety of activities in addition to their core academic courses. These activities include mentoring, service-learning projects, and leadership and enrichment programs. In order to provide sufficient time for these important activities, all UPHS students will participate in an extended-day schedule, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In support of the school's academic atmosphere, UPHS students will observe an appropriate dress code. Students will be closely monitored while attending UPHS. Faculty and staff will determine when students have reached the level of personal maturity and academic readiness to concurrently enroll in college-level classes and to engage in a wider range of academic experiences.
UPHS students organize and participate in public presentations, including music, dance, dramatic performances and public art exhibits, all of which are held several times per year. UPHS students enjoy all of the extracurricular activities found at most high schools, such as fall and spring dances, pep rallies, parties, movie nights, field trips, academic competitions and sports. An active UPHS Student Council organizes a great variety of student activities and clubs. Clubs at UPHS include: Drama Club, Writers Guild, Robotics Club, Chess Club, Choir Club, Philosophy Club, Science Club, Christian Fellowship Club and Amnesty International. UPHS students produce a beautiful, four-color yearbook and a school newspaper. Additionally, UPHS students visit colleges and universities throughout California to gain insight into college admission requirements and strategies for college success.
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For more information, contact:
John Kelly, Principal
(559) 730-2518 (fax)
University Preparatory High School
915 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277
2011-2012 School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
2637 West Burrel
P.O. Box 5091
Visalia, CA 93278-5091
phone: (559) 733-6300
fax: (559) 627-5219
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