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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

    Dear High School Families,

    It is a pleasure to work with high school students, and this is certainly a busy time of year. For those of you who are new to the high school this year, we will have a modified schedule on the last day before Christmas break. We move advising time to right before lunch to allow for each advising group to have lunch together before leaving for break. Each advising group sets their plans for that time, so please talk to your student’s advisor if you have questions. 

    Many senior projects are nearing completion. If you have an interest in being a part of our senior boards presentations, please contact Denise Vaardahl in the main office. If you have younger high school students, it is a great chance to see this part of the process first-hand. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see the great things our seniors have done and participate in the process yourself, no matter the age of your students.

        We will have a presentation from Bright Futures for seniors and parents on January 22. This is a fabulous opportunity for any of you that need more information about this local scholarship. Specific details are in the announcement here in the Bulldog News.

        After several discussions about late start with parents, staff, and others, we are not recommending a true late start. We will be recommending start times to stay close to the other two levels but with high school being the last to start rather than the first. Our recommendation through the Calendar Committee and to the board for final approval will be an 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. day for high school beginning next school year. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

        Sources of Strength has been an excellent program for the high school this year. About 25 students and 10 adult advisors organized a spirit week just before Thanksgiving break. The program focuses on helping students recognize and build on eight categories of strength in their lives and building a culture in our school that focuses on hope, help, and strength throughout the year. You will see additional campaigns for the remainder of the year, as well as recruiting students to join the group starting next school year.

        January is also time for conferences and registering for classes for next school year. Students will get presentations from the counselors in December and should be coming home with forms for class selections. Please call your student’s advisor, counselor, or administrator if you have any questions about our processes for course registration.

        Winter sports and activities are in full swing. Please come out and support our teams in all their various forms of competitions and performances. Our students work very hard, and it is great to see all of the positive support that has been happening this year.

        As we head into the holidays, I am thankful for each of your students and the opportunities and possibilities that each of them represents. I hope that there is time this month to spend with the people you love and that you are refreshed and re-energized for the second half of the school year.


        Jeff Casey

        Jeff Casey
        High School Principal

        High School News
        High School of Business

        Attention, high school parents and students! In January, students at University High School will be choosing classes for the 2020–2021 school year. The high school Business Department has a great opportunity for your student to receive college credit while in high school. The High School of Business™ nationally recognized program developed through MBA Research allows students to take six project-based courses and receive 12 credits at Aims Community College. Also, if a student completes all six classes in the High School of Business program, they can receive an elective three credits for Foundations of Business Thought (BA150) at the University of Northern Colorado. Aims concurrent enrollment credit options give three credits for Principles of Business (BUS115), three credits for Principles of Marketing (MAR216), three credits for Principles of Management (MAN226), and three credits for Business Strategies (MAN226). Students will take these courses on the University Schools campus and not on the Aims campus. BUS115 will transfer to any four year higher education institution. Two additional elective courses can also be taken in wealth management and leadership. These two classes help students learn the basics of personal finance as well as gain leadership skills in project-based learning.

        Students will take the six courses in sequence as outlined below (we high suggest two more courses as well). 

        Freshman or Sophomore Year:

        • Principles of Business and Business Economics
        • Wealth Management and Leadership are optional additional courses that we highly suggest for freshmen/sophomores

        Sophomore or Junior Year:

        • Principles of Management and Principles of Marketing

        Junior or Senior Year:

        • Principles of Finance and Business Strategies

        University High School is one of only 84 schools in the nation to offer this advanced program. Research has shown that the most desired major in college is business administration, and students will have the advantage going into a college business major having gained experience in project-based learning which develops student’s group planning skills, critical thinking, collaboration, communication skills, decision making, and time management. Students also gain valuable skills that will help them in the workplace.

        If your student has an interest in participating in this great program, please have him/her talk to his/her guidance counselor to arrange to take these fantastic project-based courses next school year. If you have any questions, contact JoEll Matthews via email or Jessie Kern via email.

        Please join us in congratulating the following University School's students that are among the top business students in the nation!

        Fourteen students at University High School scored among the top business students nationwide on rigorous exams to test their business knowledge. The exams are part of the school’s High School of Business™ program, a national accelerated business administration program of MBA Research and Curriculum Center. Approximately 8,000 students from across the nation participated in the program during the 2018–2019 school year.

        Receiving top scores were Asher Hebbert, Noah Emmett, Nolan Johnson, Korttney Potter, Luciano Balsamo, Dallas Brown, Francesca Urbina, Daphne Halverson, Mario McNeill, Lexi Bahnsen, Elle Richardson, Alexis Sanchez, and Zach Clark.

        Mrs Kern's HS Business class

        Mrs. Kern's High School of Business classes also participated in Junior Achievement’s Stock Market Challenge on November 15 at the Drake Center in Fort Collins. One of the five University teams placed second among 32 teams. The second place winners were Carter Gentry, Meilanya Stewart, Sora Gilliam, and Drew Sheffer.

        Congratulations to all of these students on their accomplishments!

        Accounting Class in 2020–2021 Year

        Students at University High School will soon be selecting courses for the 2020–2021 school year. As you begin to discuss with your student the course options available, we would like to let you know about the accounting class we offer at University High School in which your student has the option of receiving three credits from Aims Community College for ACC101 – Fundamentals of Accounting. The accounting course also counts as a math credit at University High School.

        Is your student considering a college major or minor in one of the following?

        • Business
        • Management
        • Marketing
        • Finance
        • Accounting
        • Economics

        Or does your student just want to pursue a career after high school?

        The accounting course is a year-long course offered at University, taught by University staff, but the curriculum is the same as what the Aims Community College staff are teaching. In the course, the students will learn how to prepare and analyze financial statements of a service business and merchandising business, learn accounting for cash and payroll, and learn the cash and accrual methods of accounting. These concepts are used in any business and will help students in their career understand the basics of the financials of a business. The course will also possibly transfer to four-year higher education institutions, depending on the institution’s requirements.

        Please contact JoEll Matthews via email if you have any questions about the course.