University High School is a 9th-12th grade free public charter high school located on the campus of California State University, Fresno. UHS provides an accelerated college preparatory education to approximately 480 students who share a common interest in music. Students receive a strong foundation in music and the liberal arts and sciences in a small high school environment, while benefiting from the opportunities available on a large public university campus.
Three key attributes make UHS the kind of school that attracts students from nine different cities and more than 35 different zip codes.
The school has one of the most rigorous high school programs that requires all graduates to complete a year or more of college work as part of the curriculum (Graduation Requirements and UHS Curriculum). UHS provides advanced curriculum for students who desire a greater challenge and who truly wish to be better prepared to enter a college or university after high school. This is a key reason that UHS has been ranked by US News and World Report, the Washington Post, and Newsweek as one of the best schools in the nation (School Accomplishments).
UHS strongly believes in music education and, as part of the high school program, all students study music theory and perform in an ensemble group all four years they attend high school. Students learn to score, compose, and record music using computer software and the school’s recording studio.
UHS believes school size does matter. Students perform better when they are in a small school setting where they feel comfortable and unafraid to express themselves. School class sizes average only 22 to 1. The counselor to student ratio is half the national average and the total school population is less than 500 students.
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