University Prep High School students experience college courses while on a college campus


VISALIA – There is still time for parents of students in 9th, 10th or 11th grades who are interested in obtaining more information about the University Preparatory High School (UPHS).

UPHS held the first of two information nights last Thursday, Feb. 7 at College of the Sequoias (COS). At the meeting, administrators were on-hand to answer questions about the school which will accept students for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. A second information night will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Room 9 of the Yokut Building at the COS Visalia campus.

UPHS was created by the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) in partnership with COS as a high-performance, free, public high school which opened in 2009. UPHS welcomes all highly-motivated students looking for an accelerated and rigorous academic program that prepares them for college success. 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 still in high school. UPHS students learn to navigate the complexities of the modern college experience, develop academic and social self-reliance, and acquire learning strategies that will serve them well for a lifetime. Students will experience their high school years in a college setting, participate in college classes and earn a minimum of 20 college units before graduating from high school.

UPHS students will experience their high school years on the COS campus, participate in college classes and earn college credits. This approach, known as an “early college high school,” is a time-tested method proven to increase academic success and college readiness. UPHS is a free, public high school which opened in fall 2009.

Students also focus on leadership at University Preparatory High School. Currently, the UPHS student body runs 33 clubs, including sports, video gaming, community service and more. Additionally, UPHS offers a robust Fine Arts program which includes a full drama production, an improvisation class, an acting class, choir, folklorico dance, and a handbell choir which performs regularly in the community.

To attend the Information Night, call UPHS Parent Liaison Araceli Alcala at 559-730-2529 or email her at [email protected]. The UPHS enrollment packet is available online at through a link in the left hand column.

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