IMPORTANT

Admissions for the 2018-2019 school year are closed.

**We are sorry, but we do not accept midyear transfers or rising seniors at University High School**

For Admission in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021, see the Admissions Information by Current Grade.

Admissions For University High School

Welcome to the University High School Admissions page! Students must apply for admission to UHS and meet test and grade point average criteria before enrolling. Students cannot enroll in UHS as a neighborhood school or through Open Enrollment. The TUSD Assessment and Evaluation Department (A&E), not UHS, handles the admission process.

Criteria for admission to grades 9 and 10:

  1. Score 7,8 or 9 on the CogAT test of cognitive abilities when administered on one of the TUSD scheduled test dates (23-29 points).
  2. Obtain a Grade point average of at least 3.0 in core subjects (English, math, science, and social studies, 22-36 points).
  3. Points must total at least 50.

Admissions Formula

Testing. The CogAT test of cognitive abilities is a timed multiple-choice test with verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal batteries. It is an assessment of learned reasoning skills, not of achievement or intelligence. Students must test during one of the scheduled testing days and may not re-test for a given admission year.

Grades. By submitting an application and allowing a student to test, parents authorize UHS Admissions to obtain grades from the student’s current school.

Communicating decisions. The Assessment and Evaluation Department will mail notifications at two stages of the process:

After testing. Test results are mailed in mid-July following spring testing and in January following December testing.

Admission status. Status notification letters for 8th graders are mailed by early February after A&E has calculated total points based on test results and GPA. All students with 50 points or more will be offered admission to University High School.

Please click on the links below in the Admissions Information by Current Grade section to learn more information about our admissions process and timeline for admission.

For more information about Admissions, please contact Ms. Connie Price-Johnson at UHSadmissions@tusd1.org. The UHS Admissions office is located at 102 N. Plumer Ave., Tucson AZ 85719.

For information about UHS curriculum, programs and extracurricular activities, contact Ms. Carmen Hernandez at carmen.hernandez@tusd1.org.

Admissions Information by Current Grade

Current 7th Graders

Steps to follow for admission to Grade 9.

The admission process for starts in spring of students’ 7th grade:

Click Here for the Freshman SY 2019-2020 Application.

Click here for the Important Dates calendar.

 

Admission is offered to students with 50 points or more. Students who have met the minimum requirements but have fewer than 50 points will need to take a short additional self-assessment (ACT Tessera) to potentially qualify for admission.

For applicants for 9th grade, we request grades for semester 2 of 7th grade and semester 1 of 8th grade.

 

See the Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf) document for more details.


Admission process for 7th graders in TUSD schools.

1. Testing. All 7th graders in TUSD schools take the CogAT admissions test in the spring at their middle school unless their parents opt out. No application is required. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date. Re-testing is not allowed.

 

TUSD students will find out by mid-July if their score is high enough to continue the application process.

 

2. Grades. TUSD students do not need to submit grades because these are accessible through the student management system. They will receive an offer of placement (admission) in January if they qualify.

 

All parents/ students must review the admissions criteria in the UHS admissions policy and download the Important Dates document to understand the admissions process.

 


Admission process for 7th graders in non-TUSD schools.

1. Application. 7th graders not enrolled in TUSD schools must submit an application to the A&E Department within the posted application window (February 1-one week before the test date). Students cannot test without submitting an application. Click Here to Download the Freshman SY 2019-2020 Application (.pdf)   

 

 2. Test. NonTUSD 7th graders take the CogAT admission test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in the spring (See the Important Dates document). The test will be at UHS. If a student is not feeling well, parents should notify UHS Admissions for the student to test on a scheduled make-up date; however, these dates are limited. Re-testing is not allowed.

 

UHS Admissions will mail test results by mid-July.

 

3. Grades. UHS Admissions will request 7th and 8th grade grades from nonTUSD schools in December for students who got a qualifying score on the test. Alternately, the admissions office may request parents to submit a student’s grades directly.

 

UHS Admissions will mail admission status letters by early February.  All students who meet the qualifications will be offered admission.

 

Current 8th Graders

Eighth graders who missed the admissions test in spring of 7th may submit an application September 4-November 21 for the make-up test December 8, 2018. 

 

Steps to follow for admission to Grade 9.

1.  Application. All students who want to take the December 8 make-up test must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Click HERE for the application for 9th grade for the 2019-2020 school year (.pdf).

 

2. Test. Current 8th grade students who tested at the end of 7th grade may not retest.  Eighth graders who missed this process must submit an application by Thanksgiving to be considered for the 2019-2020 school year. The test will be at UHS.

 

UHS Admissions will mail test results by January 11. 

 

3. Grades. TUSD students do not need to submit grades because these are accessible through the student management system. UHS admissions will request grades for nonTUSD students from their schools.

 

UHS Admissions will mail test results by early February.  All students who meet the 50-point requirement will be offered admission.

Current 9th Graders

UHS accepts transfers into 10th grade when seats are available. The application window opens March 1, once the number of available seats is known. The school does not accept transfers into 12th grade or mid-year transfers.

 

Requirements for incoming sophomores are similar to those for freshmen:

1. Application. All students applying for transfer into grade 10 must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Click here for the application for Grade 10 (.pdf).

 

2. Test. Students who had a qualifying score when applying for Grade 9 do not need to test again. Others must test on one of the two scheduled testing dates in spring of their freshman year.

 

3. Grades. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average for core classes in semesters 1 and 2 (or equivalent) of Grade 9.

 

Students must meet the 50-point criteria for an offer of admission. There is no alternate assessment for students scoring 45-49 points.

Current 10th Graders

UHS accepts transfers into 11th grade when seats are available. The application window opens March 1, once the number of available seats is known. The school does not accept transfers into 12th grade or mid-year transfers.

 

Requirements for incoming juniors are different from other grades. The CogAT test is not required, but students must be on track to graduate with the current cohort of UHS students:

 

1. Application. All students applying for transfer into grade 11 must submit an application to UHS Admissions. Click here for the Application for Grade 11 (.pdf).

 

2. Coursework. The transcript must show successful completion of a rigorous program of studies that may include Honors, Pre-AP, AP, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge or dual enrollment classes and enough credits to fulfill UHS graduation requirements in the remaining two years.

 

3. College readiness. Students must show college readiness with a PSAT or SAT score of 1200 or equivalent indicator of college readiness.

Admission Links/Contact

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