University High School in the Tolleson Union High School District has made the list as one of the top high schools in the nation and in the state of Arizona, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
Each year, U.S. News and World Report issues these rankings, which include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. U.S. News and World Report awards gold, silver and bronze medals to schools based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
“We believe that all students can reach this level of success, regardless of their background or intelligence,” said Susan Thompson, academic dean of students at University High School. “We’re extremely excited and very proud to have gone from 36 to 21 this year,” said Academic Dean Susan Thompson. “If you’re in the top 100, you’re doing pretty well. We’re really glad to stay within the top 50.”
Thompson stressed the fact the school has succeeded on a national level with students within the Tolleson community.
“These are the neighborhood kids,” Thompson said. “We don’t generally have kids that travel from an affluent area.”
With 19 teachers and 524 students, the school offers an intimate learning experience while also allowing students access to everything one would expect out of a high school. University High students take elective courses and participate in clubs and sports at Tolleson Union High.
Teachers have tutoring every day and meet afterward with students to determine which methods work for them.
“My teachers have to sacrifice a lot,” Thompson said. “If you’re a teacher here at U-High, you’re an all-in teacher, and I have high expectations of them as well. It is a privilege for students to be able to come to this school. Consequently, it’s a privilege to teach at this school.”
For more information, please contact Joseph Ortiz with Tolleson Union High School District at (623) – 478-4002 or 602-399-6372 – Cell.