University Schools

High School Info

Our focus at the high school is your student. Each day, our dedicated staff is working our best to provide your student the best education we can. Our high school teachers go above and beyond to ensure your student achieves academic success.

A Message From Our Principal

Welcome back to University High School! We have had a very positive start to the new school year. Student Leadership kicked off the school year with an interactive assembly that got students and faculty moving, talking, and laughing together. In advising and other classes, teachers are focusing on building positive connections with and between students through conversations and activities. Football, volleyball, boys tennis, cross country, and softball are off to a great start. The pep band, along with the cheer and pom teams, add energy and spirit to home contests.

On August 21, thanks to a gift from District 6, we were able to provide every student and staff member with eclipse glasses. High School students were able to watch during their lunchtime and block 3. District Attorney Michael Rourke presented information to students about the new Colorado sexting laws on August 23 (9th and 10th grades) and August 24 (11th and 12th grades) in the auditorium. On September 1, almost 20 different clubs were represented at the annual club recruiting fair. Homecoming week activities began September 25, culminating with the football game against Eaton on Friday night, September 29 and the dance on Saturday night in the Main gym on September 30.

Teachers at University High School have high expectations for students and engage them in challenging and relevant learning experiences. And, we know the old adage is true that “students don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

Families are key partners, and I want to emphasize how important your involvement with school and your child’s education is to his/her success. One way we encourage this partnership between home and school is through student-led conferences with parents/guardians and advisors at least twice each school year. Our goals for conferences are to:

  • empower students to develop a sense of independence and take responsibility for their own learning,
  • strengthen parents’/guardians’ involvement with the school, and
  • develop partnerships between advisors and families to encourage student progress and success.

The first conference window began on September 20. We are extending the conference window until October 11 because Homecoming festivities fell in the middle of the window this year.  

Best wishes for an outstanding year of learning, leading and caring with University High School.

    Holly Sample

    Holly Sample, Principal

    High School News
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    Attention seniors and parents of seniors: the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. This is the application that you must complete to possibly qualify for grants, loans, and work study funds from the college you wish to attend. You should complete this using your 2016 federal tax return. Students and parents must first get a FSAID to allow them to sign the FAFSA. Once you have your FSAID, then you may complete the FAFSA. We recommend that you use the IRS data retrieval tool. It is also highly recommended that you refer to your 2016 tax return to make sure you are using the exact same information, such as address abbreviations. Since this is the first year with the earlier deadline, we are not sure how that will affect the timeliness of financial-aid award letters. Some colleges have said they will send out financial-aid award estimates as early as December, with finalized award letters mailed out in early spring.

    FBLA Fundraiser

    University Schools High School FBLA is selling PopSockets and PopClips for your smart phones! They are $10 a piece or you can buy two and receive the third for just $5! If you are interested in purchasing, please see a high school FBLA member or contact Jessie Kern.

    Senior Photos, Quotes, and Baby/Recognition Ads

    Be sure to mark your calendars for all of the submission dates for these important yearbook items!

    Senior Photos 

    Submission deadline is October 31. We will send out reminder e-mails to you and your student periodically between now and then. We encourage photos from school activities as well (throughout the school year). All photo submissions for the yearbook need to be:

    • Original (straight off the camera or straight from the photographer)
    • High resolution JPEG format with at least 300dpi (no screen shots or images pulled from social media sites) 
    • Senior photos must be vertical (portrait) orientation and must be headshots only

    You can submit images through the school website under either the “Parents” or “Students” drop down menu, “Yearbook Information” and then “Senior Upload.” The senior pages are sent off to print in early December and cannot be altered. If you do not provide a senior photo and your student didn’t take an ID photo with Life Touch, there will be no image for him/her in the yearbook! You may submit hard copy photos to Ms. Brug, if you prefer (place in an envelope with student’s complete name and home phone number written on the envelope). For more yearbook information see our Yearbook webpage.

    Senior Quotes

    The submission deadline is October 31. Please make sure you read your child's quote before he/she submits it. We will only accept school appropriate and tasteful quotes. If a quote is not approved by administration, the student will be given the opportunity to submit a new quote. Please remind your children to use their best judgement, as many will look back upon this book for years to come. 

    We will charge a $15 late fee if senior photos are submitted after October 31. We will not accept photos or quotes after November 15. 

    We reserve the right to refuse your images if they are inappropriate, so please use good judgment with your submissions. Photos must be school appropriate and not overly-revealing. We will not accept over-exposure of any kind for any gender. If your child's photo is not accepted for any of the aforementioned reasons, you and your child will be contacted with the reasoning for such and will be given the opportunity to re-submit a photograph.

    Baby Ads

    Senior baby/recognition ads and senior recognition ads (aka baby ads) are contracted out and made by The Yearbook Company. We will provide specifics at a later date. You will be purchasing this ad from (look under “The University Schools”). Do not drop off materials at the school. Go directly through

    If you are not sure if you already purchased a baby ad, please contact Monica Brown from The Yearbook Company at 951-274-9561 or by e-mail before the submission deadline. The early bird deadline is October 17 (this will cheaper ad pricing), and the final deadline will be on November 14.

    New York City Business Trip with Junior Tours

    The H.S. Business Department will be taking another trip to New York City from May 29 through June 2, 2018. We are seeking High School students and adults to go on a 5-day guided tour. We will stop at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, 911 Memorial, see a Broadway show, tour Times Square, visit Wall Street and the financial district, Rockefeller Center and the NBC studios, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Museum of Natural History, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, Chinatown and United Nations. We are traveling with Junior Tours, which is a reputable tour company. The cost per person with quad occupancy will be approximately $1400. Fundraising opportunities will be available starting in September. An informational meeting will be held in September but please indicate if you would like to be included in this wonderful trip so updates can be sent to you. If you or your student is interested, please e-mail JoEll Matthews.